|Dodo Models 1/700 HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen
|The real ship:|
|HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen F310 Frigate is the lead ship of
the Fridtjof Nansen class warships built for the Royal Norwegian Navy by
Navantia, Ferrol (Spain), that also built similar ships for the Spanish
Navy (Álvaro de Bázan Class Frigates or F100 class Frigates).
With a displacement of 5.290 tons, length of 134m, beam of 16,8m, Draft
of 4,6m and maximum speed of 26knots, this ship has range of 4.500nm at
16Knots. The ship has a crew of 120 (maximum of 145) and can accommodate
one ASW helicopter. All ships of this class are named after famous Norwegian
Although all ships of this class share similar armament, at least the last two ships of this class are equipped with 16-Cell Mk41 VLS rather than the 8-cell Mk 41 VLS in addition to:
|The kit includes:|
|This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull, with excellent
and complete moulded details in a very smooth surface that includes the
VLS 8-cells, air vents, Hangar door, watertight doors, among others accurately
Although almost perfect the hull requires minor corrections (the bottom of hull need some sanding), but nothing really serious.
The tie-downs and haul-down device are also represented creating a very realist and accurate helo-deck.
|The photo etch set is very complete and includes the following
|The resin sprues for the remaining parts to be applied
on the hull, which include among others:
|Dodo Models provides a sharply rendered decal sheet (hull
numbers, helo deck markings and flag) allowing the modellers to build the
first ship of the class (Fridtjof Nansen F310). Although the location of
the decals is not mentioned on the instruction sheet, I’m pretty sure that
won’t be a problem for the modeller as a lot of photos of all ships of
this class are available on the WEB.
If decals of other ships are included will be really great.
|The instruction sheet included is very simple and clear, providing an easy and systematic approach to build this model.|
|Although no specific colours reference are mentioned in
the instructions sheet, I can suggest Vallejo Model Colour 153 Pale Grey
Blue for the hull and other “vertical” surfaces, deckhouses, masts, funnel,
As for the decks, the Vallejo 163 Model Colour Dark Sea Green or the Vallejo 160 Neutral Grey could be a good option.
Regarding the helicopter deck, Vallejo 166 Dark Grey is good option as well.
was rather curious about this model, because it was the first kit from
Dodo Models on my “shipyard”, but the general quality of this kit surpassed
my best expectations.
This kit has a stunning and superior casting quality, with a sharply rendered decal sheet, that together with a high detailed and complete PE set, provides a fantastic chance to all modellers to represent a very realist, accurate and impressive model at this scale.
managed to meet the needs of the navy modellers looking for modern warships
that are not usually available at 1/700 scale, and that might effectively
contribute to the sales success of this kit among our community.