This picture, taken from the Britannia Miniatures website, shows the German Armed trawler model (AMP13) that proved too tempting at the "Colours" show last year. For silly money (£35 I recall), you get the resin hull and superstructure, all the crew, guns, masts, everything to make what you see here. The model sits on a base that is about 15mm bigger than the hull and is formed into waves so it's easy to paint to fit into your scenery boards. I guess, with a bit of surgery and a steady hand, you could remove the base and create the option of having the vessel in harbour.
Getting home from the show, I put this away and only came back to it some 15 months later. This is what the bubble wrap revealed - a resin cast hull with the superstructure piece (comprising the cabin, funnel and rear gun deck) as a separate piece. The masts are white-metal as are the guns and crew. The man in the crows-nest is a resin casting. The fore mast/crows nest and the guns are shown here part assembled. The aft mast was very bent and so I will replace this with a plastic version using StripStyrene from Evergreen.
You can see (above left) that the captain is quite a little character whilst the guns are decent castings with very little flash. The crew are in "action" poses. There is also a junior officer for the bridge using a signalling lamp.
Some of the resin didn't travel/store well. These missing pieces will have to be replaced with Milliput modelling putty. The ventilation bells (not sure what they are called) will be replaced with cast parts from my local model shop which, luckily, stocks lots of ship bits.
This is certainly not going to be a quick project that I can knock out in a couple of evenings!! Not only am I a ship novice, but there is a lot to do with this kit. I have spent about 2 hours cleaning up and sanding the hull and superstructure already to get a decent fit and I reckon I have another evening of filling and sanding ahead of me.
Warning! If you are working with resin castings, please follow the basic rules;
> wear a mask - the dust is nasty
> wash your hands afterwards
> wash the model in warm soapy water to remove mould greases
> don't smoke around the model