This model is of a class of warship that many shiplovers think is the most handsome and elegant of all ships to serve in the Royal Navy. The speed, lines, and offensive power of the armed destroyers has always captured the imagination of all warship enthusiasts, and the Battle class combines all of the best with a powerful gun armament.
The completion of these war designed ships ran on well into 1947 being built alongside the famous Emergency class ships.
The ships are referred to as the 1942 class, and most handsome they were in appearance. They embraced all the features that had been learnt during the war years, but so complicated was the weapons fit that only one of the class was completed by 1944. A further six ships joined the fleet in 1945. The last of the fleet was completed in 1948.
A brief history of H.M.S. Solebay follows as this ship is a representative of the class.
She was built by Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn on Tyne and launched on 22/2/1944 and was completed 11/10/1945.
She was the leader of the 5th destroyer flotilla from completion until 1953, so she would have carried the broad black band around her funnell She was at the Coronation review at Spithead on 15/6/53. After this she was paid off into reserve at Chatham. In 1957 she joined the 1st Destroyer squadron on Med/Home service. In 1959 she was deployed to the Far East returning in 1960 for a further Home/Med service.
In 1962 returned to Porsmouth to become harbour training ship. She was broken up in Troon in 1967.
Details of the kit
Scale 1/96 Length 1.21m Beam 152mm Sailing weight 4.1
The model of H.M.S SOLEBAY is constructed on a fully plated glassfibre hull with ports, asdic and intakes moulded in, all to the official admiralty drawings. The decks and superstructure are in 1 & .5mm computer generated printed plastic. Ships boats (with options) the funnel and the staag mounting shields are supplied as vacformings. For the first time the main armament and director are resin mouldings resulting in extremely sharp and accurate fittings. Cast metal, etched brass mast ,stanchions, and resin fittings add the truly professional touch to this classic destroyer model. Propellor tubes, fitted with oiling points and stainless steel shafts are included together with a comprehensive instruction book and a FULL SIZE plan. Full details are supplied for the fitting of motors, nicads and radio equipment.