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Hello Everyone... This is my first ship build since 1993 and the first completed since the mid 1980’s. It is IBG’s excellent 1/700 kit of the Hunt class D.E.. It is built in the markings of the O.R.P. Kujawiak in June of 1942. This ship was my Uncle Edwin’s ship while with the R.N./Polish Navy in exile. He was from Chicago born and bred but snuck into Canada in September of 1941 to join the Polish Navy. He did many cruises to the Soviet union, Egypt, Malta, Gibraltar, and across the Atlantic. Officially the ship is listed as having struck a mine. Unofficially my uncle claims to have see the torpedo launched from an aircraft that sank her near Malta. I would like to thank everyone that helped with info and color guidance I do hope they're close enough to accurate. Lastly I learned a very important lesson, my fat hands/sausage fingers are no good for this scale. So my next venture will be larger, and yes I plan on building all of his ships. He went on to serve in the U.S. Navy until 1957. Without further boring you I shall present the model. Yes I do plan on getting/making a base for her in the future. Please feel free to ask questions, post comments, or visit the build thread. Dennis https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235082360-orp-kujawiak/
Hello all im a newbie from the USA. I have two other threads going one in ww2 aircraft and ww2 armor. If im exceeding or breaking limits/rules my apologies. My quest is this i am something of a an ameteur historian, and definitely my families historian. Now for the question. I had a granduncle that left chicago when he was 16 (yes he lied about his age) to join the polish navy in exile. He went through canada and on to the UK. Where he was part of the Royal navy with there polish navy in exile group. He was on the ORP Kujawiak from 1940 until she was sunk near malta in 1942. I know that he was on multiple convoy escort runs to north america, egypt, the soviet union, and malta. The Kujawiak was an Hunt class Destroyer escort phase 2 I believe. I may be wrong in my terminology. But i have photos, discharge papers and other materials to state he was on that ship. I have been looking on and off over the past 30 years for his ships and my grandfathers tanks (the armor thread i have going). So i ask all here at Britmodeller. Does anyone make this ship (hunt class phase 2) in 1/350 scale ? Ultimately i will build it if i have to scratch build/modify something else. But rather build a straight up kit. Also if someone does make a kit, i will need advice on colors as all photos i have are black and white. I thank everyone in advance. Dennis
TopDrawings 69 Special Edition Hunt Class Destroyer HMS Badsworth (9788366148147) Kagero Publishing via Casemate UK The Hunt Class destroyers were designed by the Royal Navy in the late 1930s. These were primarily designed as Escort vessel for convoy duty and were smaller and more lightly armed than conventional destroyers, they were also slower. The design was actually based on the Bitten Class Sloop. 86 Hunts were built with 72 being commissioned into the Royal Navy and 14 being transferred to allied Navies. HMS Badsworth (L03) was in the second batch of Hunts to be built. She was launched from Cammell Lairds yard in Birkenhead in March 1941, and was commissioned into the Navy in August 1941. The ship took part in convoys in the North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Arctic. The ship had a torrid time striking a mine in Malta in 1942, and after repaired, again of Algeria in 1943. The vessel was then selected for transfer to the Free Norwegian Navy and renamed the Arendal. The ship would take the Crown Price of Norway to Oslo on his return to a free Norway, and then returned to the UK to transport the remain of 400 Norwegians who had died in the UK during the war. The ship would later escort more vessels to Norway, and even repatriate German POWs to Bremerhaven. She was relegated to training duties before being stood down in 1961, then to be scrapped in 1965. The book is written in English on the left of the page, with Polish on the right, which translates to top and bottom for the captions to the various drawings within. The book itself is bound in a card cover and has 27 pages, and the rear cover devoted to additional profiles in colour.. There are 2 sets of plans in the book both B2 in size, and both double sided. The first shows full profiles, as shown on the back page; one side is in full colour, the other being black and white line drawings. The second set of plans shows many scrap view of the armament and fittings. Throughout the book, there are numerous smaller diagrams that show various parts of the ship, armament and other fittings. Conclusion These books are essential for the modeller that enjoys comparing their models against scale plans, and wants them to be as accurate as possible, with the profiles quite enjoyable. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of