Now that the dust has had time to settle on the LST, literally, and all we are waiting for is a reasonably warm still day as we can only spray outdoors, I would like to give my thoughts on the kit and the building thereof.
I consider the kit to be very expensive made worse by the imposition of quite heavy carriage charges and worst of all, a handling charge. How Deans can have the nerve to charge this I do not know. They say that it is to check the contents of the kit to make sure everything is there etc. If this is so, they didn't do a very good job in my kit. Several bits missing ,broken or listed but unfindable.
I admit that my inexperience in building a plastic kit did not help, as I struggled particularly trying to glue bits together despite using all the specified adhesives. I thought that the standard of the many odd bits was very poor \and in some cases like the rudders, props, prop shafts were unusable and had to be replaced. Many of the plastic odd bits stuck around on the decks were unrecognisable and might just as well have not been there. I found some of the things like the guns impossible to stick together and of incredibly poor quality.
A worry at the moment is that as it will be necessary to vacuum clean the model before spraying, how many bits will fall off when I do so.
As many members know, I only built this model as a tribute to my father who commanded 368 during the war. Had I known what I was letting myself in for, I would have bought the plans and built the model from scratch in wood.
Would I buy a kit from Deans again, definitely no. Perhaps they wouldn't sell me one!