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Tripartite Class Mine Sweeper „Persée“

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The Project

At about the same time I restarted the hobby 10 years ago L’Arsenal, in France had issued his Tripartite Class Mine Sweeper in 1/400 and 1/350. It was one of the first resin kits that caught my eye, but it was not until this year’s spring I got myself the 350th scale issue. Not even a month after the start of the the build, I was able to finish it - complete with water display and all. While for some this may seem long, for me it is incredibly fast.

The kit impressed me both by in-box detail, layout and ease of construction. The instruction sheet is in French, which I neither can read nor speak. Still, there was hardly anything I didn’t understand from the drawings and close observation of the kit’s parts.
An added plus is hat you can find tons of great pictures of this class of ship on the internet. These will enable you to easily go beyond the kit’s parts and add more detail, if you are inclined to do so.

Ever since I restarted my hobby, I have been asked many times to recommend kits for beginners. While it isn’t that hard to do for plastic kits, I have always found it difficult to whole-heartedly recommend any resin offering for most diverse reasons.
Now here it is: My definite recommendation of a 1/350th scale kit for both beginners and advanced modellers. Even AMS victims will be able go beyond the in-box content. It might not be as spectacular as a battleship or a cruiser, but you get a fine quality product, that won't take you forever to finish.

There are no major traps or pitfalls and you can be certain that Jacques Druel will provide you with most excellent service upon all phases of your order and client support in case of damage.

You may follow the building process here: Build Blog

Guido Hopp
aka "Tailor"
VMF-'06 "German Gamblers"
Veritable Modelling Friends 2006
Dinslaken, Germany
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About the Author

About Guido Hopp (Tailor)

Too old to be young. Too young to be old. Happily married, one son. Living just North of the German Ruhr area . Trying to concentrate on ship models, but having way too many soft spots for other fields of interest. Please remember: Vee Jermans hef no sense of humor (at least Dave of WEM says so) ...


Excellent write-up on the L'Arsenal kit. Nowadays it's great to have such forums to learn about new products before taking the plunge. The atmosphere on the photography is striking--you can only hope the crew have their long-johns on! Beautiful work, Guido! --Karl
DEC 16, 2009 - 05:40 AM
That's a really neat little model you did Guido! very nicely weathered and crammed with details -outstanding modelling job really.
DEC 17, 2009 - 08:56 PM
Thank you guys! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Guido
DEC 22, 2009 - 08:43 PM