|Regia Marina M.A.S. Models released recently a retool of
the Cigala Fulgosi OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) of the Italian Navy (Marina
Militare) at 1/700 scale (Ref. RM-022). This kit was released for the first
time back in 2003.
This class is also known by "Comandanti Class" and the Italian nomenclature
for this class is N.U.M.C. (Nuova Unità Minore Combattente), although
sometimes is also designated by "Corvette".
|The new model:|
|The PE set as well as the Decal sheet set have been upgraded and new resin parts are now available in order to provide options for all versions of this ships, depending on the time frame.|
|The resin parts included are:
|The upgraded PE set includes:
|As for the decal sheet: Pennant Numbers (hull + stern + helipad) for
all ships of this class, namely:
|The Instruction Sheet: Check attached photos.|
|This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull with nice moulded
details. Some areas of the hull have very small holes (due to air bubbles
from the casting process), but nothing serious. PE parts 7 and 8 are the
most tricky to apply, but yet nothing really complex.
As additional modifications and/or improvements over the original model, I used stainless steel piano wire (Gauge 0,12 mm) from my grand piano for the antennas and the OTO Melara 76mm/62 Cal SR Gun from BigBlueBoy (ref. 75025) that includes a brass gun barrel.
Although it required about 30 hours to complete this model, it's a very straight forward building and a must have kit for the fans of modern warships at 1/700 scale.
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