- Nov 3, 2018
- Brooklyn, New York USA
Thank you for chiming in! Feedback from a modeler who already built this kit is most valuable, time is more valuable than the review itself. I have to agree with you, the kit shouldn't be built as the first ever kit. It is not as difficult as it is complex with many very small parts as well as PE parts.I think you have done a very complete and comprehensive review of the Joy-Yard kit. I built this kit last year. When I built it the Joy-Yard Master wasn't available.
I would have had the same overall impression of this kit if I had the same information you based your review on.
I don't wish to cause any friction here but having completed the Missouri and in all fairness to those who are contemplating purchasing it, I feel I must comment on what appears to be a great kit.
I previously commented on some of the problems that became evident as I worked on the model.
The instructions, including the Joy-Yard website updated version, are a jungle of miss identified pieces. Even their sample model varies from what the instructions show. I'm assuming their instructions have not been redone since the original batch of kits.
The details included in the kit provide the basis for an experienced modeler to produce a great end product but, IMHO, this kit is not for a beginner.
A number of PE parts that identified as being on a particular fret are, in fact, on a different fret so you have to hunt for them.
The advanced methods used by Joy-Yard allows them to create plastic parts much smaller than I would expect. While should be a positive trait it makes it difficult to dress the part.
Rather than dragging this out, let me just say that this kit has great potential for a skilled model builder. With quality of 3D options, I know of a number of folks that chose to go that route on the AA batteries. The kit 20mm Orlikons, for instance, have 8 pieces times 49 units. The choice is up to the builder.
Because I wanted to show Missouri at sea a converted the hull to a waterline configuration.
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As for your comments on the manual, I cannot verify if my copy was updated or not, but I know that the online copy of the manual (pdf) is older than the one in my kit. I am sure Joy Yard can address those discrepancies in future releases.
Your model looks awesome and being said this, I would like to ask you to present a build log, if possible. I am confident, it should help other members who might consider this kit as the next build with your comments and how-to. Also, we would appreciate it if you will provide links to optional 3D parts for further consideration.
thanks for your honest feedback,