Review and photos by Paul Davies
Already well-respected for their extensive ranges of 1/300th figures, aircraft and micro armour, which have been expanding rapidly under the new owners, I suppose that it was only a matter of time before they turned their attention to 1/300th naval.
As someone with an interest in WW2 Naval Wargaming, particularly coastal warfare, I was very interested to learn that Heroics & Ros had released some WW2 Coastal vessels in 1/300th and immediately ordered a small selection; a Vosper 70’ MTB (NCL13), a Fairmile ‘D’ MTB (NCL14), and two German boats; an early ‘E-boat’ S7 (NLC31) and a later version S-38 – S100 (NLC32).
All the models consist of a good quality resin hull, with various weaponry cast in white metal.
NCL13 Vosper 70ft MTB
NCL14 Fairmile ‘D’ MTB
NCL31 Early ‘E-boat’ S7
NLC32 Late War ‘S-boat’ S-38 – S100
The photographs show the models exactly as received without any cleaning up and demonstrate the generally good quality of the components. I have only one small negative comment and that relates to the Late War ‘S-boat’. For some reason the forward mounted 2cm MG Flak gun (Drehkranzlafette) is cast as an integral part of the hull which necessitates a ‘web’ of resin between the barrel and the deck. In my opinion the model would have been improved if the gun had been cast as a separate white metal item. It IS possible to cut the web away, but it needs care.
But this is a minor point, and at only £4 each these models represent very good value, being only £1 more expensive than their 1/600th scale equivalents. As supplied, they’re ready for the wargame table, but I can see a lot of wargamers and modelmakers adding extra detail to create some very fine looking models.
Heroics & Ros’ 1/300th naval range also includes American, Russian and Italian coastal vessels. To see what else is available visit the Heroics & Ros webpage