Swedish Vastergotland-class submarine
OKB Grigorov 1/700, Ref. 700134
Norwegian Ula-class submarine
OKB Grigorov 1/700, Ref. 700133
The Vastergotland-class included four 48.5m-long diesel-electric ships commissioned in the late 1980s. All four ended up being refitted and lengthened to the Sodermanland-class standard in the early 2000’s, two of them being then sold do Singapore where they were re-commissioned as Archer-class submarines.
The Norwegian Ula-class is made up of six ships commissioned in the late 1980s-early 1990s. Slightly longer than the Swedish Vastergotland-class subs, they too are optimised for coastal areas, but are still in service, and should remain so until their planned replacement in the late 2020s. Some of them operated extremely successfully in the Mediterranean during the 15 year-long Operation Active Endeavour (2001-2016) on intelligence gathering missions.
OKB Grigorov are tirelessly aiming to fill in the display cabinets of 1/700 submarine fans, not only with shall we say the ‘usual suspects’ such as the Ohio, Typhoon, Trafalgar and other Redoutable but with little-known and exotic types such as those Scandinavian sharks. Those two recent offerings both come in tiny little but sturdy boxes and are typical, quality-wise, of the rest of the impressive range. Those are, as usual too, full hull scale models, the hull being cast as a single item, and featuring each a handful of tiny resin and PE parts to complete the submarines and their display stands. No instruction nor decal are provided.
Review and pictures by Dominique Jadoul.