- Length: 522.3mm, Beam: 63.1mm, Parts: 420 +
- Photo etch included
- Display stand included
- Name plate included
- Full hull model
- Flags included
- Paint call outs for - Mr Hobby, Vallejo, Acrysion, Model Master, Tamiya & Humbrol
- 2020 boxing of the 2017 new tooled kit
Fiume was part of the four ship strong Zara class of heavy cruisers of the Italian Regia Marina & was launched on 27th April 1931. She was armed with a main battery of eight 8 inch guns in four turrets, two forward, two aft & had a top speed of 32 knots.
After Italy joined the war Fiume would see extensive service in the Mediterranean & although at Taranto harbour when the British launched a night time carrier strike was not damaged. Fiume would take part in an attempt to attack a British convoy resulting in the Battle of Spartivento with British cruiser HMS Berwick giving fire & taking damage whilst in action against Fiume & her sister Pola.
In March 1941 Fiume would meet her fate at the hands of the British at the Battle of Cape Matapan. In a night time engagement under the cover of darkness the British battleships Valiant, Warspite & Barham with the use of radar would take the Italian fleet completely by surprise.
At 10.27 the searchlights of the British ships illuminated Fiume at a range of 2,900 yards & she was hit immediately with a salvo of five 15 inch shells from HMS Warspite causing huge damage, before a second salvo also hit the ship. This was flowed shortly after by four 15 inch shells fired by HMS Valiant before the British ships looked for other targets. By this time Fiume was a burning wreck & would capsize & sink stern first at 23.15. Her sister Zara & Pola would also meet their end during this battle as would two of their escorting destroyers.