I love Bandai kits. Years ago when I first got back into model making I was skeptical about Bandai's snap together design, thinking that they would be similar to the Revell snap together kits. However, they are nothing like Revell snap together kits. Bandai kits are are very well engineered, highly detailed, and beautifully molded. In the past I've mostly stuck to Gundam and Star Wars kits from Bandai, but I recently discovered that Bandai produced a model ship and decided to check it out.
The manual is written in Japanese, but I rarely find that this is a problem. The visual instructions are clear enough, and when I need clarification I use the Google Translate app, which has a very handy photo translate feature.
The manual also has a fold out center section featuring, what I'm assuming is, some educational information about the ship.
There are 13 sprues, two being duplicate sprues. The first two are for the hull of the ship. One of the nice things about modern Bandai kits is that you really don't need to paint them. The sprues are colored to match the correct shade of the pieces. Granted, painting them will improve the look of the final model, but if you are a beginner or do not feel comfortable painting something this complicated, you don't need to. It will still looks great.
Sprue C, the blue piece shown immediately below, is a perfect example of the amazing engineering that goes into a Bandai kit. The drilling tower is one piece. Any other manufacturer would make have you construct this single piece using as many as eight separate pieces. This is one of the most impressive injection molded parts I have ever seen.
The other sprues are shown below too. I kept them in the plastic because don't plan on building this kit immeadeatlyand I'm terrified of losing a small piece.
The kit comes with foil stickers for the walkway floors. I'm have mixed feelings about this. On one hand painting the walkways on a 1/700 scale kit is a challenge, so this seems like a reasonable solution. But on the other hand I'm not sure how they will look on a fully painted model.
The kit also comes with water slide decals for the markings on the ship.
Overall this kit looks great, and I'm very excited to see what Bandai has done with this ship when I start building it. The detail looks great, especially for 1/700 scale. There will always be room for improvement through photo etch parts, but it seems that Bandai has produced a great kit here.