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VENDEMIAIRE
A Floréal class frigate

The Vendémiaire is a light monitoring frigate of the French Marine Nationale.  She is the fifth ship of the Floréal class ship which is small, extremely stable to allow use of a heavy helicopter in all weather.  This ship class has small crew but has the capacities to accommodate navy commandos, light armament, economic and long-range propulsion system.

Vendémiaire was deployed to East Timor as part of the Australian-led INTERFET peacekeeping taskforce from 20 September to 17 November 1999.   The ship went on a tour of Chinese ports in 2011, stopping at Canton, Chiang Tao, Hong Kong and Shanghai.  It was opened to the public 17-4-11 in Hong Kong.




Like all of our warship models, this Floreal class frigate model has the following qualities:

- Plank-on-frame, hollow hull construction, weighing less than 5 lbs  (A solid hull of this model would be over 20 lbs which feels like a heavy toy rather than an art piece.)
- The hollow superstructure is comprised of many individual thin pieces of wood glued together, not several solid pieces of wood stacking on top one another.
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to the hollow structures.
- Light rust appearance to give the ship a tough battle look (not a brand new shiny toy)
- >90% of parts are wood and metal
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