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  1. Gidday All, here is my model of the RN flotilla leader HMS Hardy. This ship was the leader of the 'H' class of destroyers and as such was a little larger than the rest of the class. She also had an enlarged bridge, more accommodation and an extra 4.7-inch gun. HMS Hardy was the flagship of Capt(D) Warburton-Lee and won undying fame and destruction, and her captain a posthumous VC, in the First Battle of Narvik on 10th April 1940. It's a rather simple model and to make it I modified an Airfix HMS Hotspur kit. I lengthened the hull and weather decks, extended the foc'sle deck aft a little, modified the fwd superstructure and bridge, replaced the midships and aft deck houses with scratchbuilt deck houses, relocated the quad machine guns and boats, replaced the masts with scratchbuilt masts including the lookout's crow's nest on the foremast, and replaced the DC gear, searchlight and anchor capstans with scratchbuilt stuff. I also sourced a fifth 4.7-inch gun and Carley floats plus added scratchbuilt R/U lockers. For those that are interested, below is the build log in the 2021 KUTA GB. Here she is, HMS Hardy in 1940. For those that wish to compare this ship to others in the class, below is a photo of the four versions of the Airfix HMS Hotspur kit that I've done. From top to bottom:- HMS Igraine, my third build, a whiff and my first attempt to make HMS Hardy. As you can see, I got it wrong so I cut my losses and whiffed it. HMS Hotspur, my second build and depicts the ship as modified for convoy escort work. Hardy's fifth gun came from this build. HMS Greyhound (to free up the name 'Hotspur'), my first build of the kit and done OOB. And the lowest model is this one, a little longer than the others as you can see. Thank you for your interest. Stay safe and regards to all, Jeff.
  2. Gidday All, for this GB I plan to complete a model of the flotilla leader HMS Hardy that I commenced about three years ago. To make the model I am converting an Airfix HMS Hotspur kit in 1/600 scale. This is as far as I got before the build stalled: Some of the alterations I knew I had to make was extending the foc'sle deck aft a little, adding a deckhouse bandstand and an extra 4.7-inch gun between the funnels, extending the upper bridge fwd a little and relocating the two quad .50cal mounts onto bridge wings. A couple of other alterations that I've only recently learned of are lengthening the hull oa, enlarging the aft deckhouse and making the foremast a tripod. Now that the deck is attached I think lengthening the hull might be the most difficult but I have an idea as to how I'm going the tackle it. Wish me luck. Regards, Jeff.
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