The ships are armed
to engage targets in different combat environments. For surface targets,
The resin casting for the NNT Brandenburg is done by Samek and is of excellent quality. A search of the hull for casting defects was unsuccessful in uncovering even one casting defect on the NNT Brandenburg hull. The hull sides of the
most hull sides have little detail, the NNT
is the exception to that rule. The stern has two planes/angles meeting in a
centerline vertical ridge. The ASW torpedo tubes are mounted within the hull,
rather than on the deck. They launch their torpedoes through oval openings on
the hull sides. NNT has not only the openings but also reflects a portion of the
fittings behind the openings, inside the hull. They certainly didn’t have to
go to this length but that is reflective of the quality built into this kit. At
the bow there are the two side recesses for the anchors, plus a notch in the
upper cutwater for a bow anchor. In accordance with German naval tradition, each
of the four frigates in the class have a coat of arms displayed on each side of
the bow. The hull sides have the shields cast on the bow. The sides of the
superstructure also reflect a lot of detail, as there are various doors, windows
and fittings cast on their sides. The two doors at the helicopter deck, that
access the hangar are especially well detailed. There are also four exhaust
vents near the waterline on each side.
metal decks, modern warship designs can have less deck fittings than found in
earlier designs. With the NNT Brandenburg
deck detail comes in clusters at the very bow and stern of the model. The bulk
of the deck detail is found on the forecastle.
There are four sets of twin bollards running along the deck sides. There
are chain access cowlings at both ends of the chain run, one set for the deck
hawse running outwards and one set for their entrance into the chain locker.
Other anchor fitting detail include chain run deck plates and twin windlasses on
a raised deck plate. The gun turret is on a raised deck plate, which is actually
raised to three levels with the third level being the circular mount plate. The
flight deck has two scribed lines, which is apparently used for moving the
helicopters out of the hangar. The very short quarterdeck also has a cluster of
detail with four sets of twin bollards, one windlass, three deck plates and four
other fittings. The bulkhead forward of the quarterdeck also has plenty of
detail with hatches and square windows. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to
see a lot of this detail as it is obscured by the aft extension of the flight
deck that rests above the quarterdeck.
The superstructure also has some interesting architectural detail. At the bow edge is half-height structure that serves as the base for the forward RAM and is higher than the platform for the gun mount. This platform is much narrower than the main superstructure level so there is a pleasing flare from the platform to the main superstructure. The forward superstructure (01) level is not just one bulkhead running half the length of the ship but instead is a series of angular facets, which pinch inward towards amidships. Even the corners are not squared but have small facets of their own. These are deliberate semi-stealth, design choices that dramatically reduce the radar image/footprint of the design. The forward face of the main superstructure has a blast shield that angles back from the forward RAM deck and rises above the 01 deck. This is apparently designed to shield the VLS position. The VLS position itself is also on a raised platform and has 16 individual missile hatches. There are two more nice raised platforms located here, right in front of the bridge. Aft of the bridge are platforms for the Exocet canisters, as well five small raised plates and two deck side mountings. The top of the hangar is dominated by the aft RAM platform. There are also some other deck details found here, such as at the aft edge of the hangar roof and a couple of other deck side fittings.
Other than the hull, the largest resin parts come cast on very thin resin film sheets. There are three of these resin sheets in the kit. The largest sheet contains five parts, two for the forward superstructure, the aft superstructure and the two funnels. Each part needs to be removed from the casting film and will need a minimum of amount of clean up. The bridge piece is quite large. The bridge windows are square and are raised rather than incised. The upper bridge slants forward as it goes up vertically. Each bridge wing has a very fine splinter shield bulkhead, which is cast very thinly and delicately. Every side of this two level structure has detail in the form of windows, hatches and piping. On top of this piece is placed the radar tower. This is a pyramid shaped structure that has detail and platforms cast into its four faces. The aft superstructure is similar in shape to the larger forward superstructure. It is cast in one piece with a pyramid shaped radar tower as part of the main piece, rather than separately. This tower has a very thin half-moon platform cast at the top. Like the forward superstructure, there is a great detail cast into the piece. The two funnels are of interesting design. Each one is of an elongated six faceted shape as to break up their radar return. Although the ship runs on gas turbine and diesel instead of steam, the funnels still serve to cool the exhaust, decreasing the heat signature. The funnels are located side by side and canted outboard. This also serves to decrease the heat signature as well as to vent the exhaust away from the aft part of the ship. In addition to their unusual shape, the funnels gather extra attention because of the three fittings cast onto the top of each one.
The next larger resin film sheet contains the aft extension of the helicopter, deck, bridge upper deck, gun turret, and exocet canisters. The flight deck does not end with the deck break between flight deck and quarterdeck on the hull casting. There is an extension platform that fits over the short quarterdeck. Six support columns extend from the lower face of this deck to fit with the top of the quarterdeck. The plan provided in the instructions shows that the entire flight deck has tie down points but they are not represented in either the flight deck on the hull casting or the separate resin flight deck extension. The small turret has an access door cast aft end and the exocet canisters fit into photo-etch cradles. The part for the upper bridge deck or bridge roof and has its own surface detail with a large raised panel and satcom or antennae base. The smallest of the resin film sheets has an assortment of odds and ends. The largest two parts are the two RAM mounts, which are very nice with delicate cradle arms. Also found on this sheet are various pylon mountings, and deck fittings.
The other weapons and fittings are found on one of the 17 resin runners found
in this kit. Two of these runners contain 11 life raft canisters each with
individual canister bands being clearly visible. Two contain boat davits for
The NNT Brandenburg comes with a stainless steel photo-etch fret made specifically for the model by Eduard of the
Included with the model is an extensive full color decal sheet produced by Tally Ho! Of the
NNT provides two back-printed sheets for instructions. Page one has information about the ships. This includes building history for each ship, as well as vital statistics and detailed equipment listings. The text is in German but almost all of it is easily recognized. The rear page has a detailed line drawing plan and profile and separate equipment location profile. The line drawing is very useful in that it is used to determine the exact location for attachment of some of the fittings and equipment in the model. It also functions as a decal placement guide as there is a separate matrix, which indicates which decals go with which ship. The fittings and equipment profile is in English and indicates the various main systems found on the ship.
The second sheet contains the assembly instructions. One side has 15
subassemblies for various systems as well as drawings of the smallest resin film
sheet and the resin parts runners. Each resin part is assigned a number in a
square, which is the same number used in the assembly drawings. As mentioned
previously, photo-etch parts are shown by their fret number within a circle. The
subassemblies are main gun: exocet mounts: 20mm guns:
The Deutsche Marine, as the Bundesmarine was renamed, maintains frigates as their largest surface warships. The