Regia Marina M.A.S. Models released recently a retool of the Cigala Fulgosi OPV (Offshore Patrol Vessel) of the Italian Navy (Marina Militare) at 1/700 scale (Ref.
RM-022). This kit was released for the first time back in 2003. This class is also known by "
Comandanti Class" and the Italian nomenclature for this class is N.U.M.C.
(Nuova Unità Minore Combattente), although sometimes is also designated by "Corvette".

A review by Steve Backer of the original model (2003) is available at the following Steelnavy link: (
http://www.steelnavy.com/RMCigalaFulgosi.htm) The new model:
The photo-etch set as well as the decal sheet set have been upgraded and new resin parts are now available in order to provide options for all versions of this ships,
depending on the time frame.
The resin parts included are:
• 76/62 mm Compact “standard” gun (used among many other ships by the
Brandenburg Type 215 class Frigates or the Sachsen Type 219 class Frigates)
• 76/62 mm SR (the same version used by the Italian
Orizzonte Class Destroyers, the French FREMM Frigates or the French Forbin Class Detroyers)
• 76/62 mm Davide/Strales (the same version used by the Italian FREMM Class Frigates)
• 25mm Oto Melara KBA remote weapon systems (the same gun used on the Italian FREMM Class Frigates)
• SatCom domes;
• RHIB’s;
• Hangar Top;
• FCS (Fire Control System) and Radars;
• Life Canisters.

The upgraded
Photo-Etch set includes:
• Safety nets for the heli pad;
• Rails;
• Mast details and Yardarms ;
• Life buoys;
• Vertical Ladders;
• AB212 ASW Helicopter details (main and tail rotor blades, tail stabilizers, skids);
• 20mm Oerlikon guns with shields;
• Telescopic Helicopter Hangar allowing multiple configurations;
• RHIB bay doors;
• Cranes for the RHIB’s;
• Anchors.


As for the
decal sheet:
• Pennant Numbers (hull + stern + helipad) for all ships of this class, namely:
• P490 -
Cigala Fulgosi
• P491 - Borsini
• P492 - Bettica
• P493 – Foscari
• Helipad markings;
• Water Line (Black);
• Red warning markings for the decks;
• All markings for the AB212 ASW Helicopter.
Take into consideration that every single decal must be separated from the decal sheet before submerged in water and applied to the model. This kit is cast as a single
piece waterline resin hull with nice moulded details. Some areas of the hull have very small holes (due to air bubbles from the casting process), but nothing serious.
photo-etch parts 7 and 8 are the most tricky to apply, but yet nothing really complex. As additional modifications and/or improvements over the original model, I used
stainless steel piano wire (Gauge 0,12 mm) from my grand piano for the antennas and the OTO Melara 76mm/62 Cal SR Gun from BigBlueBoy (ref. 75025) that
includes a brass gun barrel. Photo-etch water-tight doors were also added to my model.
Although it required about 30 hours to complete this model, it's a very straight forward build and a must have kit for the fans of modern warships at 1/700 scale.
Ayala Botto
Lisbon, Portugal
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