|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.