The Visby class stealth corvette
A different kind of warship...
It looks like some craft stollen out of a sci-fi movie, but it has some kind of appeal
For more info on the real Visby, please follow the followig link: Visby Stealth Corvettes
L'Arsenal and the Visby
When I arrived at Telford, I had one request from one of my friends to pick up a Visby at L'Arsenal stand. Of course, I picked it up and bought one for myself. I happen to acquire the last one. Jacques Druel, of course, was positively surprised with the selling capabilities of this little model!
To a weird looking warship it was kind of a surprise to have the batch been sold in one day!!! And we ship modelers, keep on saying that the WWII ships had all the charm and good looks!
What's Inside the Box...
The Visby Corvette comes in a sturdy open lid, heavy duty card box, filled with styrofoam "chips", with the hull piece wrapped in bubble plastic and the rest of the resin parts divided in two small zip lock bags:
- One with the Boffors gun;
- The other with the optional Boffors Turret (open or closed shutters), Gun Director Radar, Navigation Lights, Radar, Hydrojets x2
You also get another zip lock bag, with the small PE fret (Mast) and a decal sheet, that covers all the ships of the class, teh ones already in active duty and the ones that are planned, too.
Of course, you have a A4 size instruction sheet, with a small introduction about this vessels, credit to the master modeler (Falk Pletscher) and PE and Decal designer (Jacques Druel), the usual recommendations to work with resin and PE parts, ID of model parts.
On page 2, you get the easy Parts Assembly diagram, camo scheme where paint ID is identified in FS Numbers and Humbrol, and Decal identification and placement.
From what I can see of the model in comparison with a search on the internet about this vessel class, prove to be kind of baren, especially when picture related, but I guess I can understand the hush-hush about a vessel like this.
There are several photos online of what appears to be a pre-production or first sea trial of the first delivered vessel, without hull number, show some differences between the model and reality. I was able to find three/four photos of identified and operational photos, that show a slight shear on the forecastle of the corvette (if I can call it like this!), and a different mast, but both of these small details can be accomplished by the nitpick modeler with sandpaper and brass rod or stretched sprue.
The issues I have found on my (and on my friends model too) Visby was only one:
The uneven bottom of hull part, which affects the proper sitting of the model.
The resin parts are very well cast, with no bubbles and good reproduction of the delicate engraved panels.
The PE part is simple and is delicate, although I will probably not use it.
The decals are on register, especially hull numbers that have part of the camouflage in them and casted shadow.
Even for me, this could be a good weekend project.
The small amount of parts, the good resin casting, little PE parts (although you can add some railings) and relatively easy camouflage pattern, with the only problem being to the eventual problem on getting the hull leveled, makes this a good starter for resin afraid modelers, for modelers wanting to clear the head of more complex projects, for all 1/700 ship modelers fans and especially, for modern navies enthusiasts.
Considering the above mentioned interests, this would get a 85%