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TRU05764 1/700 HMS Renown 1942

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TRU05764 1/700 HMS Renown 1942
Product Code: TRU05764
Brand: Trumpeter
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HMS Renown and Repulse were the final 2 true battlecruisers completed for the Royal Navy and were the largest and fastest ships in the Royal Navy in WW1. Repulse saw brief action in an inconclusive enagagement of scouting forces in 1917, were she managed to hit the German light cruiser Konigsberg but the British broke off the action when a pair of German Dreadnoughts were spotted. After WW1 Repluse went into refit to improve her protection, a new 9 inch armour belt replaced the 6 inch belt and she was fitted with anti torpedo bulges. Renown was used to convey the Prince of Wales on a tour of North America in 1921 so lost some AA and secondary guns to increase the accomodation, as well as having a squash court and cinema fitted. Renown later had a similar refit as Repulse to increase her protection and both ships had various minor refits where things like AA and Fire Control was enhanced. Both ships had extended time in docks in the 1930's as they were both rebuilt but to totally different extents. Repulse had extra deck armour fitted, as well as a catapult and hangars, further improvements to the AA and fire control systems. She was back in service by 1936 and aside from a few extra AA guns, her appearance didn't change much by the start of WW2. Renown started her rebuild in 1936 and it was a much more extensive rebuild along the lines of HMS Warspite. She was fitted with new boilers and engines, new superstructure with modern tower bridge, catapult and hangars were fitted and all the old 4 inch secondary and AA guns were replaced by 10 twin 4.5 inch guns, new fire control directors were fitted along with 3 8 barrel pom poms and 4 quad vickers heavy machine guns. She recommissioned just before the outbreak of WW2.
Renown was part of the home fleet at the start of the war and was active patrolling for German ships, most notably in the hunt for Graf Spee.  Renown took part in the Norwegian campaign, in which she fought a brief battle with the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gniesnau. She took two 11 inch shell hits from the German ships, which retired after a 15 inch shell from Renown knocked out Gniesnau's forward fire control. HMS Renown took over as flagship of Force H at Gibraltar from August 1940 and escorted many convoys in the Western Mediterranean as well as escorting Ark Royal to attack the Bismarck. She then underwent a refit which added a comprehensive radar suite and extra AA guns.  In 1942 she was part of the home fleet escorting Russian convoys and was the temporary home fleet flagship while HMS Duke of York was on detached duties. She then covered Escort carriers ferrying fighters to Malta before joining Force H again to participate in Operation Torch. She had a major refit in 1943, where the catapult was removed and the hangars converted for other uses, newer radars were fitted and the light AA was considerably increased. She was deployed to the Eastern Fleet in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in early 1944 along with other notable ships such as Queen Elizabeth, Valiant, Richelieu, Illustrious, Victorious and USS Saratoga. She took part in many missions bombarding targets and covering the aircraft carriers, attacking Japanese positions in South East Asia. Renown returned home in March 1945 and was placed in reserve in May 1945. She was sold for scrap in 1948.
Trumpeter's HMS Renown kit depicts her as she appeared in 1942, in her modernised appearance and disruptive camouflage. The kit is well detailed and should build up into a good replica of the Renown.
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