The kit is not quite all plastic, at least not in the 'Airfix' sense of plastic!
Extract from the Deans kit description (with spelling correction🙄)-
" Details of the kit scale 1/100 L 1.03m beam 160mm The fibreglass hull in this kit is with full rubbing strip detail. Computer generated LASER CUT 1.5mm H I Ps plastic forms the main tank deck and basic superstructure A complete set of fittings are included in the kit with all detail parts such as weapons, deck fittings, etc, cast in light alloy and resin "
So the constituents of the kit are as usual and the comments I posted re my Manxman kit will apply. I'm certain there will be some wooden parts to stiffen the hull and support the decks, as in the pics from my Manxman. Even the 1.5mm printed plastic decks are usually mounted on top of a ply support deck. See my pics. Otherwise the PS deck would sag😠
Have a look at my list of glues used and see if you have them all.
In particular the thin liquid PS cement with a brush is extremely useful for gluing long edges in the superstructure parts. It takes tooo long wiv da toob stuff🤔
Contacta Professional is the one with the long thin metal snoot!
Great for spot gluing tiddly-widdly parts on a Revell or Airfix kit but not much use for a Deans kit.
The Contacta Liquid Special, in a glass bottle with a brush attached to the cap, is much better,
quicker to apply so the glue at the start isn't going off 😮 before you get to the end of a long part. 😭 Even on Airfix, Revell, Trumpeter and co I use the brush when gluing the long hull seams.
PVA you won't need, but a good two part epoxy is a must! As described below/above?
(You never know in which order the site will display some threads, depending on which part of the forum they are in!🤔)
CA is OK for 'tacking' parts together for a trial fit, but follow up with the PS cement for strength.
So, with addition of some Revell Contacta Liquid Special (or Humbrol equivalent) and some Revell Plastic Putty, for filling/smoothing joints in the superstructure parts as necessary, you'll be Good to Go! As our ex colonial brothers would say😁
Another tip! Unless Deans have improved the printed PS superstructure parts sheets, so that you can press the parts out, get a good stock of sturdy scalpels or preferably Stanley type blades in. You're gonna need 'em. Mind yer fingas!!
BTW: If you want to change the pennant number from USS 388 to just 368, as your father's ship was, I can help.
Send me the height and length of the 388 number block, or even better with a scan of the decal itself, then I can make you some with the correct number and font type.
Least I can do. I still owe ya one for the Port & Starboard socks!😊
Alles gute, Doug 😎