|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 Bergamini
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
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.