HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen F310 Frigate is the lead ship of the Fridtjof Nansen class warships built for the Royal Norwegian Navy by Navantia, Ferrol (Spain), that also
built similar ships for the Spanish Navy (
Álvaro de Bázan Class Frigates or F100 class Frigates). With a displacement of 5.290 tons, length of 134m, beam of 16,8m,
Draft of 4,6m and maximum speed of 26knots, this ship has range of 4.500nm at 16Knots. The ship has a crew of 120 (maximum of 145) and can accommodate one
ASW helicopter.

All ships of this class are named after famous Norwegian explorers, namely:
HNoMS Fridtjof Nansen F310; HNoMS Roald Amundsen F311; HNoMS Otto Sverdrup
HNoMS Helge Ingstad F313; and HNoMS Thor Heyerdahl F314. Although all ships of this class share similar armament, at least the last two ships of this class
are equipped with 16-Cell Mk41 VLS rather than the 8-cell Mk 41 VLS in addition to: Naval Strike Missile SSMs – 8x, 76 mm OTO Melara Super Rapid gun – 1x,
Torpedo tubes for Sting Ray torpedoes – 4x, Depth charges, 12.7 mm Browning M2HB HMG Sea Protector – 4x, and LRAD Long Range Acoustic Device – 2x. In
addition to this list, recent photos shows two M2HB HMG Sea Protector RWS (Remote Weapon System) mounted on top of the bridge.
The Dodo Models 1:700 scale Nansen includes: Single piece waterline resin hull; Sprues with all resin parts (3x); Complete photo-etch set; Resin NH-90 Helicopter with
photo-etch parts; Decal sheet for the lead ship of this class; Instruction sheet; and Certificate of Authenticity.

Hull: This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull, with excellent and complete moulded details in a very smooth surface that includes the VLS 8-cells, air vents,
Hangar door, watertight doors, among others accurately represented details. Although almost perfect the hull requires minor corrections (the bottom of hull need some
sanding), but nothing really serious. The tie-downs and haul-down device are also represented creating a very realist and accurate helo-deck.

Resin Parts: The resin sprues for the remaining parts to be applied on the hull, which include among others: Detailed Mast; OTO Melara 76/62 mm gun (1x); Naval
Strike Missile SSMs (8x); SAT Domes (5x); Gun Directors (2x); Two different cranes for RHIBs; RHIB’s (2x); Life Canisters. As for the resin NH-90 helicopter, the
quality is indeed very good and all details are nicely moulded.

Photo Etch: The photo etch set is very complete and includes the following items: S-band navigation radar; Highly detailed parts for the main mast (mast yards included
among many other details); MK81 AN/SPG-62 gun director; AN/SPY-1F AEGIS Radar; Browning M2 (4x); NH90 Helicopter rotor blades; Cradle for the liferafts; Cradle
for the RHIB; Handling cranes to load and recover the RHIB and Boat; Whip antennas (6x); Highly Detailed Naval Strike missile platforms (2x); MK 36 SRBOC chaff;
Safety nets; Railings; Vertical Ladders; and Anchor. The PE parts for the NH-90 helicopter include the main and tail rotor blades and landing gear as well as the tail
horizontal stabilizer and the wire strike protection system (part 28), designed to mitigate the risk of wire strikes.
Decals: Dodo Models provides a sharply rendered decal sheet (hull numbers, helo deck markings and flag) allowing the modellers to build the first ship of the class
Fridtjof Nansen F310). Although the locations of the decals are not mentioned on the instruction sheet, I’m pretty sure that won’t be a problem for the modeller as a lot
of photos of all ships of this class are available on the WEB. If the decals for the other ships were included, it would be really great.

Instructions: The instruction sheet included is very simple and clear, providing an easy and systematic approach to build this model.

Paint Scheme: Although no specific colours reference are mentioned in the instructions sheet, I can suggest Vallejo Model Colour 153 Pale Grey Blue for the hull and
other “vertical” surfaces, deckhouses, masts, funnel, etc. As for the decks, the Vallejo 163 Model Colour Dark Sea Green or the Vallejo 160 Neutral Grey could be a
good option. Regarding the helicopter deck, Vallejo 166 Dark Grey is good option as well.
Conclusion: I was rather curious about this model, because it was the first kit from Dodo Models on my “shipyard”, but the general quality of this kit surpassed my
greatest expectations. This kit has a stunning and superior casting quality, with a sharply rendered decal sheet, that together with a high detailed and complete photo-
etch set, and provides a fantastic chance to all modellers to represent a very realist, accurate and impressive model at this scale. Dodo Models managed to meet the
needs of the navy modellers looking for modern warships that are not usually available at 1/700 scale, and that might effectively contribute to the sales success of this
kit among our community.
Ayala Botto
Lisbon, Portugal