|The spokane D 181 was the class leader
of the first large warship built by the German Navy after the Second World
War. Before this ship, the Federal Navy consisted of ships obtained from
Allies. There were four ship in the class and they were designed for operations
in the Baltic Sea. Their large superstructure made them somewhat top heavy
and they were not well suited for North Atlantic duty. Armed with four
100 mm gun turrets, and twin 40 mm bofors mounts, they were a little under
armerd for thier time. These ships were later upgraded with more modern
weapons in the mid 70's and served on into the 90's.
This first new warship kit from Admiralty Model Works is no doubt going to be more sucessful than Germany's first warship. Pavel Vacata is finally realising his dreams of producing his own line of kits. This new kit is produced with state of the art tools and the results show.
|The waterline hull is cast with the superstructure in place. The detail is impressive with everything from bits and chock, to watertight doors and life raft cansisters. The closed chocks are filled in and will look nice after opening up with a small drill bit. The main gun turret bases include some intricate bracing. Also impressive is the way the overhanging platforms are cast without flash.||
|FUNNELS, WEAPONS AND FITTINGS|
|As noted above there is no separate superstrure parts. The only structural parts to add are the funnels. These are cast with locator pins that match locations on hull. Gills are cast on and are so sharp that you will not need to do any drilling to get that 3D look.|
|The Instructions are among the most extensive I have seen
for a resin kit of this size. Well drawn and done in a logical step by
|:If this is the first product from Admiralty Model Works, can you imagine what the next one will be like? Impressive casting, sharp detailing, nice decals, and relief etched brass fret, all add up to a state of the art kit that will allow you to build this German Cold War veteran in|