The Royal Navy had a series of Heavy Cruisers built between 1928-30, known as the 'County class'. They were built in 3 similar sub-classes of which HMS Cornwall was part of the first class. The county class cruisers had large, strong hulls and were very seaworthy and long ranged but due to treaty restrictions, there was only enough spare displacement available to provide the magazines with reasonable armour, the rest of the important parts had only thin armour. The main requirement for the Royal Navy's cruisers was to protect trade across Britain's global empire and show the flag in far away ports and the County Class cruisers were a great success in this role and proved able in combat too.
HMS Cornwall had a large refit prior to WW2, in which she had her original catapult removed and a new cross deck catapult fitted along with a large hangar, which changed her appearence compared to class leader HMS Kent. In WW2 HMS Cornwall, along with many Royal Navy cruisers searched for German raiders, notably the Graf Spee. Cornwall was first in the Indian Ocean and then South Atlantic. In late 1940, she took part in operations against the Vichy French, forcing the cruiser Primaguet back to port. After sailing back to the Indian Ocean, she intercepted and sank the German raider, Pinguin. HMS Cornwall remained in the Indian Ocean escorting convoys, when she was assigned to Adm Somerville's Eastern Fleet. In April that year Cornwall and near sister HMS Dorsetshire were detached from the fleet to escort the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes back to Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and two transports to Australia. They were spotted by a floatplane from the Japanese cruiser, Tone, which was part of Adm Nagumo's carrier striking force. The Japanese had launched their Indian Ocean raid, with 5 aircraft carriers and soon Cornwall and Dorsetshire, were caught and sunk by Japanese D3Y 'Val' dive bombers. HMS Hermes was also sunk in another Japanese air attack.
Aoshima have made an all new tool series of county class cruisers in 1/700. The kit looks to be of good quality with a decent level of detailing. The kit is the basic version of Cornwall and is waterline only.