Hobby Model Kits 206A German submarine vs. S605 French Submarine
|NOTES:||2 kits in one box. Scale not given|
As a submarine modeller I was interested obtaining the S605 French Submarine and Hobby Model Kits (HMK) offer the only plastic kit that I could find of this submarine. I did try to find out what the kit might be like having never purchased a HMK model but I could find no information about the company or the model. I was able to purchase the kit very cheaply and describe what I bought here.
The S605 French submarine is also known as Amethyste and is one of 6 nuclear powered Rubis class submarines. When designed the Rubis class were the most compact nuclear attack submarines. The first in the class was laid down in 1987 and they are due to be replaced in 2012. Weaponry includes a mixed load of torpedoes and Exocet missiles. The crew complement is 70. In appearance it is typical of post cold war nuclear submarines.
The rather garish box with its Turner’esk yellow sky holds 2 submarines, not one as stated! The end opening box gives very little information other than the title and brand. The submarines are represented as built unpainted models. There is no history or information supplied about the submarines.
The hull is 14cm long which scales out to 1/525 which doesn’t fit any of the accepted ship modelling scales.
A display stand is supplied.
The hull is 16.7cm long which scales out to 1:291.
The general ugly lumpy shape of the Type 206A is captured well but the recessed detail again is very over scale. The detail looks less obtrusive than on the S605, perhaps simply because it is a (relatively) bigger model. The small parts again are well done including the ring around the propeller.
No painting guide is supplied and the box art does not help either. No decals are included.
Both subjects require the cavernous recessed detailing filled up, especially on the hull of the Amethyste, and then some re-scribing if desired (images of Amethyste do not show panel lines). As supplied, the German Type 206A could build into a reasonable little model which would look more or less like what it is supposed to be, however the French S605 would build into something which could be any generic attack submarine from almost any navy and lacks distinguishing detailing or markings.
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