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FS La Galissonnière

The French Navy’s La Galissonnière class light cruisers were among the best in Europe during the years leading up to World Ware II. Highly regarded for their armament, armor, and speed, they were also a very handsome looking class of warship. Three of the class were scuttled by the Vichy French to avoid capture by the Axis, the remaining three served the Free French throughout the war and on into the 1950s and 60s.

A light and fast model, these small ships are highly respected and used by many experienced battlers. If properly captained, they have proven capable of doing considerable damage to opponents and, having fairly low freeboard aft, seem very hard to hit.

Our fiberglass kit of the La Galissonniere contains a one-piece fiberglass hull, plywood decks, balsa and Silkspan sheeting, rudder, two shafts and stuffing tubes, pre-formed superstructure blocks, balsa stacks, molded turrets, full size rolled plans, and assembly instructions. Also available as a fiberglass hull only.

Ship Information
Class: Light cruiser
Laid Down: December 15, 1931
Launched: November 18, 1933
Commissioned: January 1, 1936
Scuttled: November 27, 1942

Model Specifications
Length: 49.0 inches
Beam: 4.75 inches
Ship Speed (original): 35.4 knots

Battling Kit: $638
Fast gun Battling Kit includes: Hull kit, Hardware kit with speed controller (HDW-CA-ESC), 2-cannon system (BBSYST-2), 2.8 oz. CO2 cylinder (TANK-3), variable pressure regulator (REG-V2), small bilge pump (PUMP-S1-6-332), and two VS-2 servos. Radio and batteries are not included in this kit.

Battling kit upgrades:
Upgrade BB system to Dual Fire: $25

Recommended Accessories
Running hardware (HDW-CA  $100 ) or with electronic speed controller (HDW-CA-ESC  $125 )
Cannon System: 2 cannon system (BBSYST-2  $110 ) or Dual cannon system (BBSYST-2D  $135 )
CO2 Supply:2.8 oz CO2 tank (TANK-3  $40 )
CO2 Regulator: REG-V2 ($65 )
Bilge Pump with 3/32″ outlet (PUMP-S1-6-332  $30 )
Servos: three VS-2 (for HDW-CA) or two VS-2 (for HDW-CA-ESC) ($8 each )
Radio System: 4 channels minimum, 5+ preferred
Battery Supply: (2) 7.2 volt, 4-5 amp hr. NiMH (one used each sortie, RC Car battery)

Skills Required
Building: Building: Intermediate, special concern must be given to max. allowed weight and internal space for components. Due to this ships small size, no radio box is supplied. The radio must be waterproofed as per current R/C Combat techniques.
Battling: Rookie to Intermediate

Class Sisters:
FS La Galissonniere
FS Jean De Vienne
FS Marsiellaise
FS Gloire
FS Montcalm
FS Georges Leygues

External Reviews, Photos, and Construction Documentation
FS Gloire photos on the Treaty Combat Yahoo Group
FS Gloire review on the RC Naval Combat forum.

FS Galissonniere Hull 1:144 Scale