A modern ship in 1:350 is for me, something of an unusual subject. For the inspiration we need to go back to the balmy summer of 2013 (well a couple of days were), and the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations in Liverpool. Don McKeand and I were fortunate to visit a number of ships which were visiting the city, amongst them the Polish Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko. With cameras at the ready we both scoured the ship photographing details from a modellers perspective, the results of which can be seen in the reference gallery.
Some time later whilst talking to Small Warships SIG's Les Brown, he asked if I would build the kit he had of the ship, including the Pontos Models set designed to complement it.
Whilst not being particularly attracted to the ship itself I do through for one of those odd modellers quirks, like Polish Navy subjects.
Ship modellers very rarely get the chance to go overboard on detailing. For aircraft and armour modellers there is usually a museum example of their subject somewhere. For ship modellers this is rarely the case as those few ships left are generally much altered. So the opportunity to use the references I had, along with a kit and what looked to be a pretty comprehensive detailed set was too good to miss.