Modelcraft 1/500 USS Gallery Perry-Class FFG Kit First Look
|Date of Review||May 2005||Manufacturer||Modelcraft|
|Subject||USS Gallery Perry-Class FFG||Scale||1/300|
|Kit Number||3001||Primary Media||Styrene|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$25.00|
The Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate (FFG) was designed to provide anti-submarine protection with additional capabilities in the anti-aircraft screen role (frigates are traditionally a single-mission ship).
With a maximum sustained speed of 29 knots, the Perry class isn't fast enough to keep up with a Nimitz battle group, but does well with amphibious groups and littoral operations.
The class is divided into two types - the short hull and long hull, with an eight foot difference in length between the two. The lengthened Perry allows the ship to accommodate a pair of SH-60 helicopters on its stern flight deck while the shorter Perry carries the Seasprite.
The Perry's design has proven its combat survivability with the USS Stark hit by a pair of Exocet missiles (launched by an Iraqi fighter back when Saddam Hussein was still a 'friend') and the USS Samuel B. Roberts struck a mine. Both ships were repaired and returned to service.
In addition to the US Navy, Perry-class frigates are also operated by the navies of Australia, Taiwan and Spain.
Molded in light gray styrene, this kit represents the 'long hull' version of the Perry class. The kit is presented on three trees of parts plus the hull. You'll also note the bag of parts that provide the modeler with the option of motorizing the kit so you can hunt down the 1/150 scale U-Boat also released by Modelcraft.
The Perry class is typically clean on the deck, but there is always room for detailing in this scale. Unfortunately, at 1/300 scale, off-the-shelf railings and other details won't be available right away.
The kit provides the single rail Standard Missile launcher, Mk.75 gun mount, the infamous CIWS, torpedo launchers and a single SH-60 Seahawk helicopter. Parts are also included for the addition Harpoon launchers and gun mounts for the Taiwan Navy Perry-class.
If you opt float your model, keep in mind that this is one of those times when Acrylic paints or Future gloss coats are a bad idea. Consider using enamels or Tamiya's spray can lacquers to finish this kit.
While the serious modeler might be put off by the motorization, aside from the switch hole on the stern flight deck, you really can't tell from the outside of the model. The battery box is accessible by removing the superstructure.
Modelcraft provides markings to replicate any of the long-hull USN Perry-class FFGs or any of the four Australian Perry-class.
A clear display stand is also included to display or drydock your model.
This kit will build up into a nice model of the Perry-class FFG. With a little detailing, you can easily create a masterpiece. At the price, this would also be a fun project for dad to team up with the kid(s) and get their interest in modeling.
My sincere thanks to Modelcraft for this review sample!