#581 PLA Navy Type 054A
Building the Trumpeter 1:700 PLAN 054A Frigate (no electronics - yet).
My first ship model in many decades. I wasn’t sure I had much of an attraction for modern warships until I actually started the build. I was quite intrigued by the modern PLA Navy, and once I started working on the model, I must admit the sleek lines had me suckered completely.
The Type 054A is a multi-role frigate with impressive air-defence and anti-submarine capabilities, and the class first entered service in 2005. The 黄山/Huangshan (570) I’ve modelled here is still in active service.
In retrospect, I think I chose the wrong scale. At 1:700, the Trumpeter kit has noticeable structural differences from photos I’ve seen of the ships, and there’s not much scope for even photo-etch to make up for missing detail.
It also turned out to be a bit too small to do anything particularly interesting with custom electronics. I’ve set my eye on some 1:350 subjects for Trumpeter to have another go.
Nevertheless, I’m now quite enamoured with this ship, and look forward to adding a few more PLA Navy subjects to the stash/display shelf.
I got my kit from the Colorfulday Store on Aliexpress. All arrived in good order..
|PLAN 054A||Humbrol||Tamiya||Vallejo Model Color||Paint Used|
|Tire Black - Z-9, KZ-27 helicopter tires||XF85||70.862 Black Grey|
|Light Grey - Z-9, KZ-27 helicopter body||147||XF14||70.907 Pale Grey Blue|
|Flat Black - funnel, chains, anchor||33||XF1||70.950 Black||70.950 Black|
|Medium Gunship Grey - deck||128||XF58||70.868 Dark Sea Green||70.868 Dark Sea Green|
|Grey - upper hull, superstructure||127||XF19||70.990 light grey||70.990 Light Grey|
|Hull Red - lower hull||177||XF9||70.985 Hull Red||70.985 Hull Red|
|Gold - propellors||16||X12||70.878 Old Gold||70.878 Old Gold|
So it’s been a while. And I think my first mistake was assembling the desk and hull before painting the desk (I turned out to be a helluva challenge).
Primed and partially assembled:
Credits and References
- this project on scalemates
- Trumpeter PLA Navy Type 054A Frigate - trumpeter-china
- Trumpeter PLA Navy Type 054A Frigate - scalemates
- People’s Liberation Army Navy Surface Force
- Type 054A Frigate
- Trumpeter PLA Navy Type 054A Frigate - Colorfulday Store on Aliexpress