DN1064 1/350 German Z-26 Destroyer
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The 1936 Type destroyers were bigger and better ships, being 410ft long and 2800 tons displacement. They had stronger hulls, better bows and were more reliable. There were 4 sub classes, Z-17 to Z-22 were the basic 1936 Type, Z-23 to Z-30 were the 1936A Type, Z-31 to Z-34 and Z-37 to Z-39 were the 1936A (mob) class and the Z-34, 35 and 43 were the 1936B class. The first batch carried names and had the same armament as the 1934 class, 5 ships of the class were lost during the Narvik battles in April 1940 as part of the Norwegian campaign, when they faced a Royal Navy destroyer force in the first battle and a second Royal Navy destroyer force, led by the battleship HMS Warspite in the second battle.
The 1936A class introduced a heavier armament of five 5.9 inch guns, which gave them a firepower similar to a light cruiser. It was intended that they would carry their forward guns in a twin turret but some of the ships completed before the twin turrets were ready, so carried a single gun as a temporary measure. It was found that when fitted with the heavy twin turret the sea keeping was affected and the ships took a lot of water over the bows. The 1936A (mob) class were a repeat of the 1936A class. Ten of the 1936A's survived the war and were handed over to Allied navies. The 1936B class reverted back to the 5 single 5 inch gun armament of the original 1936 class but with improved light AA. Only 3 of the class were built before the war ended.
Z-26 was part of the 1936A batch of destroyers, she was sunk following action against the light cruiser HMS Trinidad and destroyers HMS Eclipse and HMS Fury, in 1942.
This kit has the option of modelling the ship either Full Hull or Waterline and comes with some etch detailing parts. The Dragon 1/350 German destroyer kits are probably the best ones in 1/350 currently..