I have acquired the Scharnhorst kit, and it is without a doubt the very finest injection molded kit I have ever purchased.
The hull utilizes slide molding technology so that every port hole and drip rail is clean and uniformly molded. The upper hull and lower hull are separate, and tongue and grooved for positive attachment if you want a full hull model.
The deck is in two pieces, withe joint beneath the deck under a 4.1" twin mount. It is clear of anything on the deck, with molded depressions for each and every fitting and deck house. The deck planks are clear but subdued.
The guns are all pre-drilled -- 11', 5.9", 4.1", 37mm and 20mm!
The ships boats are fully detailed with cabin interiors, keels, rudders and screws. The upper parts are clear for real window detail.
The AA guns are miniature models in themselves with 9-11 parts each!
I am curious at the decision to have the deck railings as a separate purchase, but at about $20, it is not the sticker shock of the Japanese fleet where the PE doubles the cost of the kit.
My only disappointment is the empty aircraft catapult. The explanation for the lack of an AR-196 float plane is that none was present on the ships final voyage, but it would set off the ship nicely, and it's absence is most notable.
I am most satified with this Dragon release. I am confident you will be too.