The K130-class corvettes design of the German Navy is based on proven MEKO A-class frigates and corvettes concept and were designed with stealth features, low
draft, and highly automated weapons and defence systems to support littoral warfare and particularly for operations of a multi-national crisis reaction force.
Specifications: Length: 89.12 m; Width: 12.80 m; Displacement: 1840t; Propulsion: 2 diesel-engines, 7.4MW each, driving 2 controllable pitch propellers; Speed:
>26ktsRange: over 2500nm at 15kts; Endurance: 7 days (without tender), 3 weeks (with tender). List of all 5 ships of the K130 class corvette (named with German city
names): F260
Braunschweig; F261 Magdeburg; F262 Erfurt; F263 Oldenburg; F264 Ludwigshafen.
The kit includes: Single piece waterline resin hull; Sprues with all resin parts (2x); Complete photo-etch set; Decal sheet for the lead ship of this class; Instruction sheet;
COA – Certificate of Authenticity.
Hull: This kit is cast as a single piece waterline resin hull, with excellent and complete moulded details in a very smooth surface, with
air vents, Hangar door, watertight doors, among others details accurately represented.The AFT Mast is part of the main resin hull part and the helicopter deck is
accurately represented.
Resin Parts: The resin sprues include the necessary parts to apply on the hull, which include among others: TRS-3D air and surface search
radar; Main FWD Mast; Oto-Breda 76mm/62-caliber DP gun; RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM); RBS-15 Mk.3 Anti-ship missiles Canisters; SAT Domes; Gun
Directors (2x); MLG27 27mm light naval gun (2x); RHIB; Ship Boat cradles (1x); Life Canisters ; TKWA/MASS (Multi Ammunition Softkill System) decoy launcher
(2x); and Anchors,
Photo-Etch Set:: The photo-etch set is absolutely fabulous for a model with just 12,7 cm / 5 inches length and it’s so complete that I’ll just mention the following items:
Cradles for the RBS-15 Mk.3 Anti-ship missiles; Anchor Chains; Blast deflectors for RIM-116 Rolling Airframe Missiles (RAM); Navigation Radars; Highly detailed
parts for the AFT and FWD masts (mast yards included among many other details); Cradle for the life rafts; Handling cranes to load and recover the RHIB and Ship
Boat; Whip antennas; Safety nets; Railings; Vertical and inclined ladders.

Decals: The decal sheet provides hull numbers, hull badge, hello deck markings and jack just for the first ship of the class (F260 Braunschweig) as well as other items
not usually included. The inclusion of additional pennant numbers and hull patches would had been appreciated by the modellers, that would have the opportunity to
build any ship of the K130 class corvette. Although the location of the decals is not mentioned, I'm pretty sure that won't be a problem as a lot of high-resolution photos
of all ships of this class are available on the WEB by now. Included on the sheet are decals for: Ship name plate; Beware Bulb warning sign; Bow thruster location sign;
Hull Ship Patches; Hull and Stern Pennant Number; Helicopter landing markings; and Jack. Bearing in mind, the security red lines (around the RAM launchers, 76mm
Gun and 27mm guns) are not included in the decal sheet. The alternative is to use decals spares from other kits.
Instructions:The instruction sheet included is very simple and clear, providing an easy and systematic approach to build this model, clearly pointing with accuracy the
correct location of all resin and PE parts (and there a lot) needed to build this model.

Painting Scheme: Although no specific colours references are mentioned in the instructions sheet, German Navy uses RAL 7000 (Fehgrau, Squirrel grey, Gris
petit-gris, Gris ardilla, Grigio vaio, Pelsgrijs) for the hull and other "vertical" surfaces, deckhouses, masts, funnel, etc and RAL 7012(Basaltgrau, Basalt grey, Gris
basalte, Gris basalto, Grigio basalto, Bazaltgrijs) for the decks.According with conversion colour tables available at Internet, Vallejo Model Colour 989 (Sky Grey) and
Vallejo Model Colour 869 (Basalt Grey) could also be interesting alternative to paint this model.
Conclusion: This kit has stunning casting quality, with a sharply rendered decal sheet, but does not include either the helicopter Lynx or the Camcopter S-100 UAV that
usually operates aboard this stealth corvette. The photo-etch set is highly detailed and provides a fantastic opportunity to represent a highly accurate and impressive
model at this scale. The modern warships fans and in particular the German Navy fans has a unique chance to add a superb 1/700 model to their collection, thanks to
Dodo Models! Definitely a must have model in any 1/700 fleet (or stock pile)!
Ayala Botto
Lisbon, Portugal