Background - The frigates of the Type F120-Köln class were the first major warships built in Germany after World War II. Laid down in the late 1950s, the six ships in
the class entered service between 1961 and 1964. They served the Bundesmarine well into the 1980s, receiving various upgrades during their careers. The ships were
named after German cities, which were also names of former German warships:
Köln (F220), Emden (F221), Augsburg (F222), Karlsruhe (F223), Lübeck (F224) and
Braunschweig (F225). Köln class were the world’s first ships to feature a combined diesel and gas propulsion (CODAG) system. This system consisted of four 16-
cylinder MAN diesel engines, each with 3,000hp for cruising, and two BBC gas turbines each with 12,000hp for maximum speed. They could be connected together via
planetary gear and the power transferred to two controllable pitch propellers.

The ships were fitted with two 100 mm guns in single turrets forward and aft. The anti-aircraft armament consisted of two twin-barreled and two single-barreled 40
mm/L70 Breda Mod 58 guns. The anti-submarine array was comprised of two quad 375mm anti-submarine mortar fitted forward and depth charges. The frigates were
capable of performing mine laying duties if needed. The frigates were used as escorts, performing mainly anti-submarine duties. Between 1982 and 1989, these frigates
were taken out of service.
Augsburg was scrapped and Köln was used as a training center. The frigates Emden, Karlsruhe, Lübeck, and Braunschweig were sold to the
Turkish Navy. They were replaced by the Type F122-
Bremen class frigates.
The Kit - The Augsburg kit is the latest release from NNT Modell. The model is a waterline hull kit with resin parts, photo-etch and a decal sheet. The kit can be used to
build any of the six ships in the class. The hull is one piece with nearly the entire superstructure and funnel integrally cast into this part. This will save a lot of time with
assembly but will require more effort masking and painting. The quality and detail in the casting is very good and sharp. Details include watertight doors, hatches, vertical
ladders and various deck details such as bitts, winches and mine laying rails. The depth charge racks are also cast into the deck at the stern. The casting is very clean
requiring only a little bit of clean up in spots along the bottom edge of the hull.

A resin wafer contains the bridge, upper deck wings, 100mm turrets, gun director tub, the bases for the twin and single 40mm guns and double life raft canisters. The
casting again is detailed and the only clean up needed, will be at the point where the parts were removed from the wafer. The rest of the smaller resin parts are attached to
casting runners. The smaller parts include the torpedo tubes, 375mm mortars, barrels for the 100mm and 40mm guns, platforms for the mast, boat, davits, single life raft
canisters, searchlights, gun directors, radars, whip antennas and other fittings. The details in the smaller parts are on par with the rest of the kit. Some of the parts are
pretty small in this scale, so careful handling it required especially when removing them from the runners. The parts are generally clean but some will require the removal
of bits of excess resin. One of the 100mm barrels broke off in my sample, so I will have to replace it with some wire.
The photo-etch brass is nicely done with a bit of relief-etching to add detail to some of the parts. Railings are not included which is minus, so you will have to seek out an
alternate source for them. What is included on the photo-etch fret are the parts and fittings for the lattice mast, radars, anchors, anchor chains, propeller guards, bridge
windscreen, funnel exhaust deflector, vent grills and flagstaffs. Part numbers are etched into the fret but there are more numbers than parts for some reason. As far as I
can tell, there are no parts 4, 5, 8 and only one part 20. I suggest that you carefully study the assembly photos before going too far. Parts 6, which are the vent grills, do
have relief etching but this is not visible in the images I took as it is on the flip side. You can see it in the photos in the kit instructions. My sample came with a small decal
sheet with pennant numbers and bow shields for only three ships in the class:
Emden (F221), Augsburg (F222) and Lübeck (F224). The decal sheet also has red deck
warning markings and German flags.
Ralf Schuster advised me that due to a misunderstanding there were issues with the artwork for the shields for the remaining ships.
Now that has been corrected and an updated decal sheet with markings for all ships is available, replacing the old sheet. If you have purchased a kit with the old decal
sheet and you wish to obtain the corrected one, you can contact Ralf directly at mail to: Both versions of the decals appear well done with
good color registration.

The assembly instructions are printed on 6 pages and are adequate. The first page is essentially the cover page with class specifications and information regarding some
modifications done during their careers. The second page provides a painting guide for the different parts of the ship with some paint suggestions, and in some cases
mixes, for either Humbrol, Revell or Tamiya paints depending on the color suggested. The bottom of the page has a plan and profile drawing of the frigate. Pages 3 and 4
are repeats of page 1 and 2 but in German. The only difference is that the drawing at the bottom of page 4 attempts to show decal placement though there no references
are made to the numbers on the decal sheet. Page 5 has a breakdown of the resin parts with reference numbers and a key indicating resin parts numbers are within
squares and photo-etch part number within circles. Page 6 has two photographs of an assembled and unpainted model (portside full view and a starboard midship
close-up) which shows the placement of the different parts. The photos are adequate but I think some detail view or drawings of the mast assembly would have been
The Augsburg kit is a very good kit and shouldn’t be too difficult to build given how it is designed. I would go as far as to suggest it as a good first resin kit for
someone used to working in 1/700 scale with some basic photo-etch experience. My thanks to
Ralf Schuster of NNT Modell for the review sample.
Felix Bustelo