|The Kit - The Hermes is the latest model kit from the German based SSN-Modellbau, which appears to be focusing on interesting auxiliary ship
subjects. In 1:350 scale this is a small model with the hull measuring about 4.6 inches. The kit is comprised of a small number of resin parts, some
laser-cut styrene parts, photo-etch, a pair of turned brass masts, plastic rod and decals. This model gives you the option of building either the civilian
version of the Hermes or the armed Kriegsmarine version. If you prefer to build the Tenace, you will need to do your own research to determine what
you will need.
Naturally the largest resin part is the one piece waterline hull with all of the deck housings and a number of fittings integrated. The smaller parts
include the funnel, boats, winches, searchlight and compass. The small parts are on casting runners, from which they need to be removed from.
There are a couple of parts that are not used, as indicated in the assembly instructions. The casting is generally good with only a few pinholes to deal
with. There is a good amount of detail present, such as skylights on the rear section of the deck housing, but based on my references there should
also be skylights on the coamings on the foc’sle deck and at the aft of the main deck. Of the small parts, the searchlight and compass are sadly not
that well done, appear more like bits of rod.