Carlo Bergamini frigate is the first ship of FREMM (European Multi-Mission Frigate) class, operated by the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) and is also
the first ship of the GP (General Purpose) version. The other version of the Italian FREMM is the ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare), and four ships of
this version are due to be delivered to the Italian Navy of a 10 ship class. The remaining 6 ships will be the GP Version. Although each version has
special abilities, both versions have important aeronautical capacity, including a double hangar that can accommodate two NH-90 helicopters and / or
drones. This ships are considered the 2nd generation of stealth frigates (after the “
La Fayette” class frigate), and are a joint program carried out by
France and Italy, currently in service in the Italian Navy, Marine Nationale (French Navy), Royal Moroccan Navy and Egyptian Navy.

The kit: The new 1/700 scale Italian FREEM Carlo Bergamini  (let’s called it Batch 2) model now released by Gwylan Models is a revision and
improved Kit over the previous (Bacth 1) model launched on November/2013, whose review at SteelNavy is available at the link: http://www.steelnavy.
com/GwylanBergaminiLSchraff.html. It corrects all issues reported on the Batch 1 edition and significantly increases the level of detail and quality
providing the modeller an almost ready to build model. The impressive single piece waterline resin hull cast also has the correct dimensions as for the
helicopter flight deck is concern. In fact the Italian FREMM
Bergamini is 144,6 m (474 ft) longer when compared with 142 m (466 ft) of the French
Aquitaine, and the new version now released also reflects this difference (3,7mm at 1/700 scale is itself not unimportant) when compared with
the Bath 1 edition, providing a more realist and accurate model at this scale. The kit includes: Single piece waterline resin hull; Main sprue with all resin
parts; Complete photo-etch; Resin sprue with 2x NH-90 Helicopters parts; photo-etch Set for 2x NH-90 Helicopters; Decal sheet for all ships of this
class; and Instruction sheets.
Gwylan Models (Bath 2) FREMM Bergamini, includes all parts needed to build one of the two version of the Italian FREMM: GP (General Purpose)
and ASW (Anti-Submarine Warfare) with decals for all 6 ships of this class. The GP version requires (1x) Oto Breda 127/64 mm gun and (1x) OTO
Melara 76/62 mm gun located on the forecastle. The ASW version is equipped two OTO Melara 76/62 mm guns (one located on the forecastle and the
other on the Oto Breda 127/64 mm gun location) as well as two chaff dispensers (part 23). All remaining parts are common in both versions.

Hull: This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull, with remarkable moulded details, including the VLS cells, air vents and life raft cannisters,
among other details, and the sample I’ve got was almost perfect as far as the need of sand paper and corrections is concern.

Resin Parts: There is a single sprue for the remaining parts to be applied on the hull, which include among others: FWD and AFT masts; Large Selex
SPY-790 Radar on top of the FWD mast; Oto Breda 127/64 mm gun (1x);  OTO Melara 76/62 mm gun (2x); SSM missile canisters (4x); Oto
Melara/Oerlikon 25/80 mm remote weapon systems (2x); Multiple Sensors, radars and SAT Domes; Decoy and jammers systems; Gun Directors
RHIB’s (2x). As for the two NH-90 helicopters the quality is superb and allows two different configurations (unfolded and folded). Also included is a
specific photo-etch further explained below.

Photo Etch: The photo-etch set is very complete and includes railings, antennas, 25mm gun barrels, mast yards, helicopter safety nets, and other parts
for the FWD mast as well as the doors for the RHIB bays areas on each side of the model. An extra photo etch set is provided just for the NH-90
helicopters and includes the main and tail rotor blades for two helicopters, with two sets for the folded option and one set for the extend version as
well as the tail horizontal stabilizers. For those modeller who wish to go even further beyond, there is a super-detail photo-etch set for this
FREMM,  available at
Regia Marina M.A.S. Models.

Decals: Gwylan Models provides a very compete and sharply rendered decal sheet (hull numbers, helo deck markings as well as the ship nameplates)
allowing the modellers to build any ship of this class, regardless the version (GP or ASW), namely: F590        GP        Carlo Bergamini;  F591        
ASW        Virginio Fasan; F592        ASW        Carlo Margottini; F593        ASW        Carabiniere;  F594        ASW        Alpino;   F595        GP        
Luigi Rizz

Instructions: The instruction sheet included in this kit are quite clear and provides via a step by step methodology a very simple and easy approach to
build model. As this kit allows to build the ASW or the GP version of the Italian FREMM, the alternative parts location and options are clearly identified
and should allow the modellers to build the chosen version this kit without any major troubles. The location of the decals and PE parts are also very
clear, having in consideration that the AFT mast requires 12 PE parts to be fixed to the resin mast!

Painting Scheme: Although no specific colours reference is indicated in the instructions sheet, the manufacturer suggest Vallejo Model Colour 153
Pale Grey Blue for the hull and other “vertical” surfaces, deck houses, masts, funnel, etc and the Vallejo 163 Model Colour Dark Sea Green to the
decks and horizontal surfaces.
Conclusion: A Gwylan Models stunning and superior casting quality model and a must have for your modern navy ship fleet! This great value kit is
available at Gwylan Model website for £27,50 (about €35,75) which is indeed an excellent price for such a highly quality, detailed and complete resin
kit with photo etch parts and decals for all ships of the class.
Ayala Botto