If you've built a Branchline Laser-
Art kit before, you know what to expect from Dan's Welding; the parts are cleanly and precisely cut, making it simple to produce a good-looking model. Peel-and-stick trim and detail pieces, while requiring some care in assembly, really cut down on the time and mess of construction. Branchline's structure kits are consistently excellent, so I can unhesitatingly recommend them to modelers who like wooden buildings for their layouts.
I wanted my building to resemble unpainted weathered wood, so I took the time to sand the edges of the parts, elminating the dark brown 'burn marks' from the laser cutting process. This step made a huge difference in the appearance of the finished structure. My finished model looks like I scratchbuilt it out of stripwood. It even looks more detailed and delicate. Painted, well-cared-for structures, of course, don't need this sort of treatment--just give the parts two or three coats of brushed or sprayed paint to get a consistent opaque color.
Finally, this was an easy building to kitbash. We sometimes shy away from kitbashing wooden kits, whether because of the price or for fear of ruining them. But I find it a lot simpler and quicker to modify a wooden kit than a styrene one...and with the wide variety of laser kits entering the market all the time, new ideas are easy to find.
Whether you build Dan's Welding straight out of the box, or bash it for a special application as I did, you'll find that it's simple enough (and the instructions are clear enough) to be a first laser kit. But take some time and care with the assembly and you'll have a model which will bring lots of pleasure and pride.Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]