|The Algonquin was the lead ship of a
new class of steel hulled Coast Guard Cutters designed for light ice breaking
duty along the Eastern waterways and ports. Built in 1934 she operated
in this capacity until the beginning of World War 2 when she was taken
over by the US Navy. She was home ported in Portland, and used to escort
convoys into Greenland waters. She was engaged in these duties until the
wars end and was decommissioned two years later.
|Battlefleet has depicticted this cutter in her 1942 fit. The hull is well cast with some really nice surface detail. The only flash is at the waterline where it is easy to clean up. The deck winches up front are well done with plenty of other deck equipment detail. The anchors are cast onto the hull, but are nice enough that I see no need to replace them.||Click images
|The superstructure parts are cast on a thin resin wafer. Light sanding on a flat sheet of sand paper should free them. These parts are also well cast and I really like the way the bridge portholes are cast with frames. The other parts are cast on resin blocks, and some have a bit of flash around them. But take heart the flash is thin and most of it falls off when touched.|
|The photo etch fret is supplied by Tom's Modelworks and is typical of the quality you would expect from his sets. It has all the items you will need for this ship and a few extras for the parts box. In addition you will have plenty of crew members to man this ship.|
|The instructions are three pages with some prototype views
of the real ship as well as stats. Photo etch instructions are included
on page two. Some simple drawings are on page three that show where the
resin parts are located. I would have liked to have seen more 3D type views
of the assembly process. But these are adequate for such a small kit.
|Conclusions: Another unique subject captured in resin by Battlefleet Models. This little kit is only $25.00 and is available exclusively from Pacific Front Hobbies. This is a great little kit that will look great escorting your Atlantic convoys or even tied up alongside the Quantico Docks.|