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WWII Royal Navy Radars
WWII Royal Navy Radars
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by: Scott Espin [ SPIFF ]

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Model Shipwrights

"LionRoar is a Chinese company that makes photo-etch detail and upgrade sets for plastic models. This set provides replacement/upgrade radars for World War II Royal Navy ships."

The Radar Etch Set

This set from Lion Roar is a comprehensive set of radars for WWII Royal Navy ships. Radar technology evolved quickly during WWII and there seemed to be a bewildering number of different sizes and types for a variety of purposes. You will need to do your own research to determine which radars are appropriate for your particular ship project and where they should be mounted.

The assembly directions consist of basic diagrams that show where to fold or bend the parts and how the various bits and pieces go together. Each of the different radars is labeled with both its designation and its purpose which will make it much easier when doing your research to determine which radars are appropriate for your build.

The parts are very delicate so use caution when removing them from the frets. I would recommend the use of a photo etch bending tool and perhaps an optivisor to minimize the chance of folding the intricate parts incorrectly.

The radar types in this set:
Type 281 Long Range Air Warning
Type 285 High Angle Gunnery
Type 279 Long Range Air Warning
Type 282 Close Range POM POM Director
Type 271 Surface Search Radar
Type 293 Air Warning Target Indicator
Type 284 Low Angle Gunner Radar
Type 283 High Angle Barrage Director
Type 274 Low Angel Gunnery
Type GA285 Range Finder Director
Type 286 Surface Warning Antenna
Type 290/291 Air Warning
Type 243 IFF
Type 277P

I was able to find pictures and diagrams for some of these radar types, but not all of them. For those that I was able to find, the radars in the set certainly look the part.


Often times in plastic ship kits the radars are either represented by simplified blobs of plastic or they are omitted altogether. This set from LionRoar will allow you rectify that situation and will add much needed detail and interest to your 1/700 Royal Navy builds.
Highs: Comprehensive set of Royal Navy WWII Radars, designations included in the instructions.
Lows: It would have been nice to get some guidance on which radars are appropriate for which ships.
Verdict: Great PE radar set for your 1/700 Royal Navy Ship Projects.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: LE700155
  Suggested Retail: $13.95
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 17, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Scott Espin (Spiff)

I have been an avid student of military history for over 35 years, especially World War II with my focus mostly on German military equipment (tanks and aircraft). I'm especially interested in anything relating to the Eastern Front and North Africa. My Dad ignited my passion for modeling when I...

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nice review Scott; this item as well as several other LR ship PE sets are currently on sale at LuckyModel. I have a few on the way.... cheers
JUN 22, 2010 - 12:44 AM
Thank you James. I can't wait to try these out on my Trumpeter 1/700 HMS Renown 1942.... just need to finish my current projects.
JUN 23, 2010 - 03:10 AM
Here is a great image of the assembled PE radars from the Dragon Models USA website.
JUL 03, 2010 - 09:57 AM
Great pic; exquisite detail, thanks for sharing!
JUL 05, 2010 - 02:27 AM
they look great don't they! I need to get some projects finished on my bench so I can get on with the HMS Renown and all these goodies!
JUL 05, 2010 - 03:27 AM
very useable - as spares, replacement parts or second chances if you get the original one wrong. Peter F
AUG 08, 2010 - 08:17 PM

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