One of the most beautiful ships of the Cold war period - frigate type "Suffren", completely rebuilt version of LEGO-model. Scale 1:350
About this creation
A quick reference so you don't have to go through Wikipedia. The first French ship originally designed as a carrier of guided missile weapons. It was created in 1960-ies on the project FLE-60 (Fregate Lance Engines) to protect aircraft carriers such as "Clemenceau" from air, underwater and, partially, surface threats, as well as, if necessary, fire support landing operations.
The exterior of this remarkable ship, in my opinion, is defined by its swift hull, with its large elongation coefficient, developed superstructure, topped by a huge radome of 3D long-range detection radar DRBI-23 and, of course, a high mast-tube, characteristic of many French ships, giving them some futuristic character. For comparison, look in Google photos of the English destroyer "Bristol", which was built at the same time and had similar tasks and characteristics ;-)
It is also worthy of respect that unlike many NATO partners, the French have almost fully equipped their ship with weapons and electronic equipment of national production. First of all-zonal SAM "Masurka" and magnificent 100-mm machine guns "Mle 64", which made the ship a good air defense platform. To combat submarines, the ship had a full set of hull and towed sonar, 533-mm anti-submarine torpedoes "L5" and a missile complex "Malafon" (questionable efficiency, but its own, French :)).
The only significant drawback of the ship was the lack of conditions for basing the helicopter - complexes "Masurka" and "Malafon" were too cumbersome and there was simply no place for aviation weapons.
The two ships were designed as escorts for the "Clemenceau" class aircraft carriers and are similar in concept to the British Type 82 destroyer. In fact, in its size and composition of weapons, the ship corresponds to a missile destroyer. This is also evidenced by the Board number, starting with the letter D.
During the period of long-term service destroyers "Suffren" and "Duquesne" not take a direct part in hostilities, but took part in several operations of the French fleet in various local conflicts. In the late 2000s, the two destroyers were replaced by anti-air frigate "Horizon" class.
It was planned to build 5 ships, of the cost savings built only two - D602 "Suffren" (in the background, real bricks steel) and D603 "Duquesne" (on the front, LDD).
In the late 1970s, the frigates were one of the first in the French Navy to receive the famous anti-ship missiles "Exoset" - two paired units.
My model is built in the scale of 1: 350, for the construction took only 527 (389 - above waterline) bricks.
The ship, on the one hand has the characteristic dominant elements that help to make the model recognizable (mentioned mast and 3D-radar), on the other hand - the superstructure complex shape, a large number of small and difficult to reproduce on a scale of 1: 350, but important elements - fire control radars, missile launchers, tilted and deployed at different angles, etc. Initially, I just wanted to make a new case for my old model 2016, but got carried away and as a result built most of the elements from scratch. The model is almost completely built on the so-called SNOT-technology. The scale is sustained as far as possible for LEGO.