Sarissa Precision Ltd.
Review by Pete Harris
Think of the Sudan War and various films depicting the period such as Khartoum or The Four Feathers. One of the vivid images that comes to mind are the Nile paddle steamers and gun boats. They were an integral part of the conflict and make a great accessory for the gaming table. Sarissa has recognised this and produced a paddle steamer typical of the period for gaming in 28mm. Manufactured in 2mm laser cut MDF, the kit comprises eight A4 size sheets and a smaller card sheet containing all the laser cut and etched parts.
Two sheets of instructions are also included and provide clear details of the construction process. To complete the build you will also require PVA glue, a scalpel or craft knife, G clamps and some rubber bands. The laser cut pieces are beautifully produced and the bigger pieces literally drop out of the sheets. Smaller pieces may require a little assistance and that’s where the blade comes in. The clamps are needed to grip the layers of the hull and the bands to keep the sides of the cabins tight together whilst the glue dries.
First stage is the flat hull which is made from 4 layers each with two sections. Getting these all lined up and flat is probably the most difficult part of the build and the assembly needs to be clamped to a flat surface. The first cabin sections are also added before the glue sets and ensure everything is aligned ready for the remainder of the build. Once dry, the hull laminate becomes the platform for all other parts to be add onto. Take your time and it’s a really enjoyable experience. Sarissa have done a great job and everything fits together with reassuring ease.
The upper deck clips on and remains removable as do the roof with funnel and promenade deck roof panels. This means all levels and cabins can be accessed easily to put figures in. It also enables the build to be fully completed and then painted afterwards. The completed model measures 42cm long, 13.5cm wide and 20.6cm to the top of the funnel. There’s plenty of scope to add further detail if required, a gun could be added on the foredeck or promenade deck and sand bags, protective plating or planking added over the handrailing.
A first class product, straightforward and almost therapeutic to build. It wouldn’t look out of place in a display cabinet.