Academy 14102 - U.S.S. Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7 Frigate, AUS Decals, 1:350 Scale
Academy - U.S.S. Oliver Hazard Perry FFG-7 Frigate, AUS Decals, 1:350 Scale
Oliver Hazard Perry was a naval officer who distinguished himself for building and commanding the fleet on Lake Erie leading up to the war of 1812. In the battle against the British fleet, Perry lost his own flagship, the Lawrence, but transferred his command under heavy fire to the Niagara and won the day.
The Frigate class named in Perry's honor was designed as an anti-submarine warfare (ASW) vessel that was also equipped to defend against anti-ship missiles of the 1970s and 1980s. With 69 Perry-class frigates built, the type was built in the 'short hull' (Flight I) and 'long hull' (Flight III) configurations, with some of the Flight I Perrys refitted to Flight III.
One of the main differences between the two Flights is the flight deck. Flight I could only accommodate the SH-2 Seasprite helicopter while the Flight III could embark the SH-60 Seahawk. The aft capstan located on the flight deck of the Flight I Perry was relocated to accommodate the longer tail of the Seahawk and the deck itself was equipped with the Recovery Assist Securing and Taversing (RAST) system used to secure and move the Seahawk on deck.
This kit is molded in light gray styrene, and is presented on seven parts trees. The deck railings have been molded in styrene and included. The hull is molded in halves, with a molded-in cut line inside the hull to make it easy to turn this model into a waterline display, complete with a solid bottom provided on the second tree. Should you opt for the full hull, the rudder and single shaft propulsion is provided along with a display base and name plate.
The main deck is comprised of two sections, the majority of the main deck, and two different flight decks. The Flight I and Flight III flight decks are included in the kit.
The fully enclosed superstructure is replicated with the deck house sitting atop the forward end and includes the main mast and yardarms with the various HF, VHF, and UHF antennas as well as the Link 16 dome at the top of the main mast. All molded instyrene.
The kit includes a pair of SH-60B Seahawk helicopters, and judging from the way the lower chin is molded, we might see some later variants of the Seahawk in the future. The kit provides one Seahawk with its main rotors folded, the other ready for flight.
Decals are included for FFG 7 USS Oliver Hazard Perry as well as for Australian Navy.
Glue will be required and paint may be required. Neither are included.
Skill level 4.