HMS Campbeltown 4 Stack British Destroyer 1/240 scale Revell 85-3016

2012 May 11
by Doug

RoR Step-by-Step Review 20120511*
HMS Campbeltown 4 Stack British Destroyer 1/240 scale Revell Kit #85-3016 Review
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Launched 2 January 1919 as the U.S.S. Buchanan, she was active for 20yrs, being decommissioned in 1939. On 3 February 1940 she was transferred to the British Royal Navy, and renamed as the HMS Campbeltown. In January 1942, she was selected for a “special “ mission, she was to be modified to look like a German torpedo boat, sailed in to the harbor of St Nazair, France, and rammed into the only European Dry-dock on the Atlantic Ocean big enough to service and repair the German Battleship Tirpitz, The biggest threat to shipping in the Atlantic. She was stripped down and loaded with 4-1/2 tons of explosives, loaded with British commandos and sailed to France where they rammed the gates of the dry dock. 611 commandos and sailors jumped off and attacked the port. 163 died during the fight, 220 escaped in escort vessels and 125 were captured. The attack seemed to have failed. Just before noon on 28 March 1942, while the Germans were examining their captured ship, the 4.5 tons of explosives detonated. The explosion killed 250 Germans and French workers. It also damaged the dry dock to the extent that it was unusable for the rest of the war

For the Modeler: This is a 1/240 scale HMS Campbeltown/4 Stack British Destroyer Plastic Model Kit from Revell Kit #85-3016. At skill level 2 it has 128 pieces molded in light gray with a detailed bridge, deck, four stacks, antennas, life boats and depth charge racks. Armament: includes four 4″ guns, one 3″ gun and twelve 21″ torpedo tubes. I hope you enjoy this review; the ship was a pleasure to build.

Covered in this Review: If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; detailed rigging construction; preparing parts for better finishing; adhesive selections and applications; ship history; construction strategies; aligning sub-assemblies; test fitting parts; hull assembly; identifying and repairing seams; porthole repair; torpedo tube orientation; alternate assembly sequences; railing construction techniques; making a realistic searchlight ladder; davit construction; and paint selections, are all fully examined in this 14 page, full-color Step-by-Step review.

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  1. 2012 May 11
    Marty Oberman, Jr. permalink

    An excellent review, build, and history statement! Despite the issues encountered during the building process, it certainly has turned out looking like a work of art, especially with the additional rigging detail. Magnificent!

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