|The rest of the resin parts include the 40mm guns, anchors, the mortar launcher, cable reels in two sizes, depth charge launchers and boxes, life rafts and running gear. Opting to have the cable reels in
resin rather than photo-etch brass does make assembly a tad easier. I received a pre-production sample which included only the CAD designed parts. After I took the photos of the kit for this review, I
received the 40mm guns and anchors but I neglected to photograph them for this review but they are exactly the same as those included in other L’Arsenal kits. The small photo-etch fret provides the
main deck railing with the supports for the life rafts, railings and ladders for aft section of the superstructure, safety railing and ladder for the mortar launcher, mast, propeller guards, depth charge
handling davits, depth charge racks and flag staffs. The photo-etch is simple but delicate and for the most part does the job. To be frank, I was disappointed with the flat two-dimensional mast as the real
thing is more complex based on photos. The small decal sheet has the hull numbers and names for all 11 ships in this class. When I received my pre-production sample, the decals were not yet ready and
I received them later. Again, I neglected to photograph them but you came see an image of them in the assembly instructions. My one complaint with the decals is that the French tricolor is not provided.
The assembly instructions are provided on four pages. The first page contains an inventory and parts number key for the resin and photo-etch parts. The assembly diagrams are very well done and
clearly show how the parts go together. The last page is a decal placement and painting guide.
The Build - I decided to build my model as L’Adroit and to display it in a seascape which is my preference. Instead of cutting down the hull, I made an opening in a piece of wood to hide the bottom of
the hull. The build itself was fairly straight forward and the model went together well, though I did make some additions along the way. Rather than giving a detailed account of my build, I will focus on
some points that I thought are important. I downloaded some as fitted plans from the Service Historique de la Defense site from this class of ship before that site was unfortunately taken off-line. I also
obtained photos from the Alabordache site (http://www.alabordache.fr/) which is a site where French Navy veterans post photos they took while serving on their ships. This is an excellent site to look
for on-deck and detail photos.