TRU05321 1/350 German Zerstorer Z-25 1944
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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-30 was part of the 1936A batch of destroyers, she survived the war and was ceded to France, being renamed the Hoche, eventually being scrapped in 1958. Trumpeter's Z-25 kit depicts her in 1944, with an enhanced AA battery.The kit is a full hull model and is a highly detailed plastic kit with a handful of etch metal parts.
It's worth noting that Trumpeter do quite a few German destroyers of the different group, each with a slightly different appearance.