Good Kit, but has its Problems
As a huge One Piece fan, the idea of owning some of the signature ships of the line from the Anime and Manga proved too tempting for me to ignore, as such, I’ve picked up this handsome looking kit, my thoughts are as follows.
The build of the Marine Warship is easy, simple, and clean. Parts go together perfectly; however I would highly recommend using regular hobby clippers despite the box saying the parts effectively can be pulled off the runners. When assembled, the ship nails the look, and it looks like it sailed right out of the Manga and Anime. The cannons can be moved up and down, the full paddle wheels can rotate, and the bottom hull piece can be swapped out to give it a Waterline look, with added effect parts too!
This section however is where this kit suffers. The Marine Warship comes with not one, but two sheets of stickers. Way, way too many in my opinion, most of the critical details are stickers, and without them the kit looks too much like a toy like in my opinion. A nice-looking toy, yes, but still a toy. So, the stickers a must, unless you plan on painting it. They are definitely a pain, as a lot of them are angled and wrap around multiple pieces. But if you manage to get them on, they really make the kit pop. In addition, the large MARINE and Seagull stickers for the sails are a slightly different kind of decal, and frankly they’re even more of a pain to put on than the normal stickers. While the normal hull and detail stickers generally are pretty forgiving with mistakes, with the sail decals, be warned, put them down once and they’re going to stay there. If you try to remove them with any amount of force they will tear. I was somehow able to correct mine but if you look you can see the tears on where adjusting it broke them.
Overall, for about $20, you get a rather solid looking ship. The iconic Marine Warship, when detailed with (annoying) stickers and perhaps a panel line would look fantastic for fans of the One Piece world, and even those looking for something different that’s not a mobile suit. If you can get past the stickers, it is definitely worth the buy if you’re willing to give the kit the love that it needs.
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