1/700 German Depot Ship Hela

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
Auxiliary ships are often overlooked in History as the serve behind the scenes and rarely make the headlines. But they are essential the the success of most any naval operation. The Depot ship Hela was one such ship and Samec is one of those manufactures willing to offer such obscure, yet essential ships.
The Hull is well cast and has quite a bit of surface detailing. The only flash was at the waterline where it will be easy to remove.
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Superstructure parts are all nicely molded and the bulkheads and splinter shields are all very thin. There is even some fine diamond plate detail on some of the parts.
Ships boats and a float plane are also included. All are well cast and have only some minor flash but it is so thin that it is easily removed I would recommend using a razor saw to remove these parts and fortunately the parts are cast so that there is room for the saw kerf.
A photo etch fret with basic parts is included. The boat derricks and anchors are included, but railings are not. However most of us have plenty of extra railings in our spare parts box.
A simple flag is included in the kit, and fortunately it is accurate. Some manufactures have left the swastika off their markings as it is not politically correct to show these symbols.
Instructions are pretty basic with one page of history, a painting guide, and an exploded view showing parts placement. There is no english translation but the pictures do a good job of illustrating the assembly.

Thanks to Pacific Front Hobbies for the review sample. This kit is currently listed for $25.00 US a great value when you consider how much is included. Check out this kit and the other Samec Models in the latest Pacific Front Update.

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