The kit will be the first release from Black Cat Models, a new firm from France. While the firm may be new, the person behind it is not, Benjamin Druel, son of Jacques Druel. Benjamin is a talented CAD designer and he has designed kits for Blue Ridge Models, Tom's Modelworks and Starling Models to name a few. He has also created 3D artwork for issues and books published by Lela Presse. Benjamin has decided to use his skills to produce detailed resin kits and 3D printed accessories using the using the latest CAD software and best 3D printers available on the market.
Black Cat Models will concentrate on producing kits of United States Coast Guard and World War II subjects and offer a full line of 3D printed accessories. The 1:350 scale 83-foot cutter and the first 3D accessories – 20mm single and twin Oerlikons and different versions of the 40mm Bofors, are planned to be released in late September 2018. A 1:144 scale kit of the 83-foot cutter will follow as well as some exciting kits and accessories in 1:350 scale.
The website is being finalized and as soon as it goes live, an announcement will be made on Steel Navy. I have seen some of the pre-production samples and the level of detail and accuracy are quite astonishing.