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Kingston Mouldings
Kingston Mouldings

Hull Length:1210mm (47.5") Beam:120mm (4.5") Scale:1/100th

This WW2 destroyer Erich Steinbrinck, together with the steam tug Flying Eagle and the two German armed trawlers, are from the range that was produced by Ted Radestock, and sold through his business Scale Propellers of Hoylake on Merseyside for many years. Ted gave all the moulds and production rights to Kingston Mouldings when he retired and closed his own business. The hulls are just the same, except that some are considerably improved following the replacement of worn-out moulds, and all are supplied with the same scale drawings as before. In the photo, the hull at the front is the steam tug Flying Eagle, and the hull at the rear is the WW2 German destroyer Z15 Erich Steinbrinck. The one between these two is the trawler type hull for the Hafenschutzboot and Vorpostenboot. The underwater shape is identical for both these hulls, though the topsides are different, and the two are not interchangeable.

Erich Steinbrinck was one of a class of three destroyers built by Blohm & Voss of Hamburg for the Kriegsmarine in 1936, having advanced machinery with very high pressure boilers. Although the resulting installation was relatively compact and light in weight as intended, it also proved very unreliable, and the vessels were not a great success in service. This class achieved a speed of 38 knots, and sister vessels were Z14 Friedrich Ihn and Z16 Friedrich Eckholt. Together with Z14, Erich Steinbrinck survived WW2 to be taken as a war prize by the Russian Navy, finally being taken out of service and scrapped in 1960. The lightweight hulls have a considerable amount of moulded-in detail, but the narrow beam and the need to keep top weight to an absolute minimum, means that this is a one for those with some experience of this type of model construction. Even a small amount of excess weight above the waterline will make it unstable, but of course, that wouldn't be a problem for a non-sailing static model..