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In-Box Review
Visby Stealth Class Corvette
Visby Stealth Class Corvette
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by: Rui Matos [ SKIPPER ]

Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

The Visby class stealth corvette

A different kind of warship...
It looks like some craft stollen out of a sci-fi movie, but it has some kind of appeal
For more info on the real Visby, please follow the followig link: Visby Stealth Corvettes

L'Arsenal and the Visby

When I arrived at Telford, I had one request from one of my friends to pick up a Visby at L'Arsenal stand. Of course, I picked it up and bought one for myself. I happen to acquire the last one. Jacques Druel, of course, was positively surprised with the selling capabilities of this little model!
To a weird looking warship it was kind of a surprise to have the batch been sold in one day!!! And we ship modelers, keep on saying that the WWII ships had all the charm and good looks!

What's Inside the Box...

The Visby Corvette comes in a sturdy open lid, heavy duty card box, filled with styrofoam "chips", with the hull piece wrapped in bubble plastic and the rest of the resin parts divided in two small zip lock bags:
- One with the Boffors gun;
- The other with the optional Boffors Turret (open or closed shutters), Gun Director Radar, Navigation Lights, Radar, Hydrojets x2
You also get another zip lock bag, with the small PE fret (Mast) and a decal sheet, that covers all the ships of the class, teh ones already in active duty and the ones that are planned, too.

Of course, you have a A4 size instruction sheet, with a small introduction about this vessels, credit to the master modeler (Falk Pletscher) and PE and Decal designer (Jacques Druel), the usual recommendations to work with resin and PE parts, ID of model parts.
On page 2, you get the easy Parts Assembly diagram, camo scheme where paint ID is identified in FS Numbers and Humbrol, and Decal identification and placement.

First Look

From what I can see of the model in comparison with a search on the internet about this vessel class, prove to be kind of baren, especially when picture related, but I guess I can understand the hush-hush about a vessel like this.
There are several photos online of what appears to be a pre-production or first sea trial of the first delivered vessel, without hull number, show some differences between the model and reality. I was able to find three/four photos of identified and operational photos, that show a slight shear on the forecastle of the corvette (if I can call it like this!), and a different mast, but both of these small details can be accomplished by the nitpick modeler with sandpaper and brass rod or stretched sprue.

The issues I have found on my (and on my friends model too) Visby was only one:
The uneven bottom of hull part, which affects the proper sitting of the model.

The resin parts are very well cast, with no bubbles and good reproduction of the delicate engraved panels.
The PE part is simple and is delicate, although I will probably not use it.
The decals are on register, especially hull numbers that have part of the camouflage in them and casted shadow.


Even for me, this could be a good weekend project.
The small amount of parts, the good resin casting, little PE parts (although you can add some railings) and relatively easy camouflage pattern, with the only problem being to the eventual problem on getting the hull leveled, makes this a good starter for resin afraid modelers, for modelers wanting to clear the head of more complex projects, for all 1/700 ship modelers fans and especially, for modern navies enthusiasts.

Considering the above mentioned interests, this would get a 85%

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Highs: Simple, clean, a good weekend project. Good if you're a starter with resin and 1/700 scale ships. Good also if you are starting with camouflage on ships.
Lows: Bottom part of hull piece, incorrect mast section (?), lack of forecastle shear.
Verdict: Although with some minor flaws that could make a newbie worried or scared, it's an easy and interesting subject, completely different from all the other complex ships I've built so far. The Navy of the future...
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:700
  Mfg. ID: #70010
  Suggested Retail: 20.00
  Related Link: http://www.larsenal.com/FR/catalogue/Arsenal/1_700
  PUBLISHED: Dec 09, 2008

About Rui Matos (skipper)

Hi all Crew Members!
Rui Matos, 39 years old (in 2006), married, former Portuguese Navy Fire Control Radar Operator , and "owned" by two cats - James, Stripes (Riscas in portuguese, now deceased) and Moon (Lua)!
I've been modeling since I was 6, but only have turned to Submarines in 1991 o...

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Sweet kit! Kenny
DEC 09, 2008 - 05:16 AM
very nice... this IS a good kit for a newbie who has never done resin.... will keep an eye out for it, thanks for sharing!
DEC 10, 2008 - 03:46 AM
Rob K and I bought a kit each at Telford as well, and like you Rui it was one of the first I bought at the show. As you all say, a very good little kit, and would suit a beginner because the instructions are very clear, and they even give the Humbrol paint references. For me, it would be part of a dio to give it a context but again, shouldn't take long to build by itself _ NO RAILINGS GUYS! Peter F
DEC 14, 2008 - 08:15 PM
Hi Peter Actually it should have railings just aft of the bridge (see operational ships) and also heli pad markings. Mine is almost done Rui
DEC 15, 2008 - 04:22 AM

What's Your Opinion?

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  • 01-TheBox
    Visby Stealth Class Corvette Box
  • 02-TheBox
    Good packaging ensuring parts are safely deliverd
  • 03-ContentsOverall
    Overall view of contents: Box, hull part, barrel (resin), rest of resin parts, decals and PE part, Instructions.
  • 04-Hull-00
    Hull part - port view
  • 05-Hull-01
    Hull part - top view
  • 06-Hull-02
    Hull part - bottom view
  • 07-barrel
    Boffors Barrel part (resin)
  • 08-decals
    Decals for windows (side, front and rear), Port and Starboard pennant numbers, ship names for all class vessels.
  • 09-PE_set
    PE set - mast
  • 10-remaining_Resin_parts
    Rest of resin parts: Turret (open and closed shutters), gun director radar, Navigation lights and searchlight, radar, hydrojets (x2).
  • 11-Instructionsheet01
    Instructions sheet.
  • 12-Instructionsheet02
    Instruction sheet, with assembly and camouflage directions