Kombrig 1/700 HMAS Canberra
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H.M.A.S. Canberra, the first one, was a Kent class heavy cruiser, built by John Brown and Company, at Clydebank. Laid down in 1925, she was commissioned in 1928. Of just under 10,000 tons displacement her size, armour and armament was restricted to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty.
She was armed with eight 8” guns in four turrets, and had a host of smaller weapons and torpedos. Early in WW2 her anti-aircraft armament was upgraded. She was initially equipped with a Supermarine Seagull III amphibian, launched and recovered by crane. Fitted with a catapult in 1936, the aircraft was replaced with a Supermarine Seagull V, the Australian version of the Walrus.
On 9th August 1942, while supporting the US Marine landings on Tulagi,
HMAS Canberra, USS Chicago and some destroyers were attacked by a Japanese
cruiser squadron. In the ensuing battle, Canberra was badly damaged and later
scuttled. This action was to become known as the Battle of Savo Island.
The instruction sheet is a double sided sheet of A4, clearly printed entirely in Russian. It has a detailed elevation and plan of the ship, showing the extensive rigging. The other side has an illustration of the parts, and a rudimentary exploded type construction diagram.
There is no reference to any painting or marking information.
Recommended for experienced ship modellers with good magnifying glasses.
A.K. Macdougall, Australia's Navy, Waverton Press, Waverton, 2005
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