Trumpeter 1/700 HMS Rodney

Product code: TRU06718
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Kit features;
  • Length: 309.5mm, beam: 45.5mm, parts: 320+pcs
  • Decals included
  • Name plate included
  • Photo etch included
  • Waterline model
  • Paint call outs for Mr Hobby, Acrysion, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya, Humbrol
  • 2018 boxing of the 2018 new tooled kit
HMS Rodney was one of two Nelson class battleships built for the Royal Navy in the 1920s & was named after the famous Admiral Lord Rodney.

The Nelson class battleships were unique in the Royal Navy as they were the only ones to be fitted with 16-inch main guns as well as being the only ships to have all of their main armament forward of the superstructure.

Originally designed as larger ships the Nelson class were cut down because of the Washington treaty of 1922 that placed limits on warship design. Being forced to make the ship smaller her 16-inch guns were placed in three turrets forward, her speed limited & maxim armour restricted to vital areas. Despite these limitations HMS Rodney was regarded as one of the most powerful ships afloat at that time.

HMS Rodney would go on to serve extensively in the Mediterranean & Atlantic during WWII. After a failed attempt tp locate German warships Scharnhorst & Gneisenau in 1939 she would go on to operate in the English Channel when the planned German invasion of Britain was expected. She would later make contact with German Capital ships Scharnhorst & Gneisenau whilst on convoy duties but the German ships would go on to retreat when faced with superior firepower.

HMS Rodney went on to play a significant role in the sinking of the Bismarck when she & HMS King George V would close in on the already damaged German battleship. HMS Rodney would inflict much of the damage on Bismarck & fire some 340 16-inch shells & 716 6-inch shells some at a range of just 3,000 yards, at an almost flat trajectory. One such hit exploding Bismarcks No 2 turret causing splinters that would kill most of her crew on the bridge.

In September 1941 HMS Rodney was stationed with Force H in Gibraltar escorting convoys to Malta. She would also go on to take part in Operation Torch with the invasion of Northwest Africa. She also took part in the Normandy invasion in June 1944 were she bombarded shore targets.

After returning to the Home Fleet in poor condition due to heavy use & lack of refits, she rarely left her mooring until being scrapped in 1948.

 

 

GTIN 9580208067186
Brand Trumpeter
Product Code TRU06718
Weight 0.33kg