Takom's Italian Horizon Class Destroyer- First Look
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It's Not a Ship... Think of it as a "Trackless Gun Turret Delivery System"
In the early 1990s several NATO navies identified the need for updated air defense vessels, leading to a joint development effort involving the British, the French, and the Italians. Though eventually the Royal Navy brexited the consortium because of their need for Atlantic scale protective bubbles, the Italians and French each commissioned two examples of the Horizon Class Destroyer. These low radar profile vessels sport as primary armament a 48-cell Vertical Launce System surface to air missile array, supported by two quad anti ship missile launchers (the French use the famed Exocet, while the Italians use the OTOMAT Teseo), two twin torpedo launchers, two defensive SLAT antitorpedo launchers, and close in defense systems as selected by each user. The French opted for a SADRAL launcher with six Mistral missles, two 20mm cannons for close in surface targets, and two 76 mm dual purpose rapid firing gun turrets that can engage surface or air targets. The Italians, on the other hand, skipped the SADRAL and went with three 76mm turrets and two Oerlikon 25mm mounts.
Unfortunately, neither country has 76mm turret rings compatible with Shermans or T-34s. Missed opportunities that may indeed come back to haunt them!
Takom's kit models the Italian configuration, and includes markings for every single example in their fleet. (OK, that's two ships, the Andrea Doria and the Caio Duilio. But it IS all of them!) The kit includes two hull halves, a hull base (a combination that allows for a waterline build), 11 plastic frets (one with clear parts), and photoetch.
We all agree to absolutely not notice the typo on the box.
Fret and parts map from instructions
Frets A and B
Close up of Fret A showing helicopter deck molded detail
The above waterline hull halves and the single hull base parts allow waterline or full hull construction
Fret F, angled to see detail more easily
Fret G detail
And more of Fret G
Fret H includes the propellers, which are nicely protected by a ring sprue gate that also prevents short shots for the thin areas
There are two instances of Fret J, shown here top and bottom. The bell shaped pieces are the included stands the full hull base rests on
Clear parts include the helicopter halves
PE and decals
Instruction cover. Also, no typos in the title. Just move along, nothing to see.
Samples of instructions
Painting call outs
I've been thinking about doing ships for a long time, and I'm looking forward to this being a typically enjoyable Takom build!
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders, pending Full Build.
Thanks goes out to TAKOM for this review kit.
Reviewed by David Morris
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