Four South African Valour Class frigates are the major surface ships of the SA Navy. The German designers, Blohm & Voss Hamburg, designated this design as the MEKO A200SAN type.
The model represents the "SAS Spioenkop" the third ship of this class to be completed. Laid down on 28 Feb 2002, launches 02 Aug 2003 and Commissioned 15 March 2004. LOA 121m, beam 21m, Displacement 3,600t. Cruise speed on 2 diesels 23kn and with CODAG warp (jet drive) about 30kn.
In addition to the two props the model also has the jet drive that I scratch built.
She carries a Super Lynx helicopter (modified SA Navy type) and this feature is automated on the model with the hangar door opening and the helicopter moving out and stopping on the helipad and visa versa controlled from the TX. The video clip that I would have liked to show gets a response of "Please enter an available You Tube Video" which I did but have removed it as the system would not accept my posting.