|The photo-etch material is stainless steel, which is stronger than brass but still relatively easy to work with. The one sheet included is very extensive with structural
and detail parts and a good degree of relief-etching. Part numbers are etched into the fret next to each part, including the railings. As indicated on the fret, some of
the railings are specific to a particular ship in the class, so pay attention. In addition to the railings, the photo-etch includes the upper deck and bridge roof deck,
bulwarks for the bridge roof deck, breakwater and support bracing, bilge keels, anchor handling equipment, parts for the mast, watertight doors in several styles,
hatches, inclined and vertical ladders, various platforms, details for the 40mm gun, details for the Rh202 cannons, details for the RIBs and their storage racks, RIB
fuel can storage racks and the ship’s main and thruster propellers. Other parts include the grab handles that run along the superstructure, interior funnel cap, the
base for the cranes, stowed gangplanks, name plates for the ship, larger name plates for displaying the model and other details. There is really no detail overlooked –
the Rh202 cannons even have photo-etch ammo belts!
The decal sheet has the markings for all three ships in the class, including the hull pennant numbers, draft markings, bow thruster warning symbols, funnel and
bridge face logos, deck markings, “Navy” lettering for the RIBs, and the Irish national flag and naval pennant. The sheet also includes markings for the Maltese P62,
including flag and naval pennant. The decals appear very well done with good color registration.
The kit instructions are extremely well done and probably among the best that I have seen. Each ship was slightly different, with some parts not used and some
alterations required. So instead of having one assembly guide covering all the differences with a probability of causing some confusion and errors, RB Productions
made the effort of producing three different guides. The actual instructions are not included in the kit, but rather a card is packed with the kit with the URL to
download the instructions for the specific ship you wish to build from a Drop Box site. If you purchase the kit directly from RB Productions through their web
store, a link to download the instructions will be provided. The instructions for Aoife covers the Maltese P62. Each guide follows a similar format. The first page
has general notes about the kit and two CAD views of the model at the bottom. Page 2 has a breakdown of the resin and turned brass parts with associated part
numbers that are referenced in the assembly diagrams and a small image of the photo-etch and decal sheet. Parts that are not to be used for your choice of subject
are identified on page 2. Spanning the next several pages are a series of digital color assembly diagrams which show the location of parts and construction of sub-
assemblies from various perspectives to make matters as clear as possible. Other model kit producers should take note of the care given to make the assembly as
clear as possible. One page has a diagram showing the locations of the various railings and template to use make a cut out to display the hull in a waterline setting.
This is a very useful option, especially for me, and will eliminate the need to cut into such a dense resin hull. Painting and decal placement instructions are included
with color call outs for BS and RAL color references along with suggested matches to Revell, Testors and Tamiya paints. The generic color references, like black,
red and white, do not have call-outs but they really don’t require any. The final pages have color photos of the actual ship covered in the instruction for reference