Heller Kits for the Marine Nationale

The De Grasse frigate is an Heller kit modified with the Conversion set KC 400-01 from L'Arsenal. Building work was done by Sébastien Lausdat. –

De Grasse
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The Balny was almost scratch-built using an old Commandant Rivière Aviso Escorteur from Heller

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The Duquesne is the Suffren from Heller extensively modified and detailed -

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Same things for the Laffaux ( ex M-23 from Heller ) and Marceau ( Ex Z-31 ) from Heller. Both received a lot of modifications and improvements. –

Laffaux & Marceau
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L'Alsacien is the less modified and is basically the Heller kit with some refinements.

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In all cases railing is made with brass stanchions and fishing rope! In those old days PE was a dream for French modelers, and I had to drill thousands of tiny holes to accommodate the stanchions in the case of the Duquesne. All these models are my work.

The Béarn photos show the master for the 1:400 Béarn by L'Arsenal before finishing and sending into production.

Béarn Master
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