HMS Repulse                

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HMS Repulse

Scale 1:200
Author: Artur Zuranski
File Size: 88.5Mb
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HMS Repulse
Renown-class battlecruiser
as she appeared in 1941
Model # 019
 

Price $32.00

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Technical data:
  Launched January 8, 1916
  Displacement
31,592 tons standard
  Length 794ft  
  Beam 90ft  
  Machinery Geared turbines, 4 shafts; 112,000 hp = 31.7 knots
  Armament Main - 6 x 15" (3x2 L/42 BL Mk I in turrets type Mk I*)
    Secondary - 15 x 4" (3 x tripled BL Mk IX, 6 x Vickers L45 Mk IV)
    AAA - 24 x 1.6" (40 mm) (3 x 2 Pounder 8 Barreled "Pom-Pom")
    8 x 0,8" (20 mm) (8 x 20mm/65 cal Oerlikon)
    16 x 0,5" (12.7 mm) (4 x 0.5"/62 Vickers Machine Gun)
  Complement 1,181 officers and enlisted
     HMS Repulse was built at Clydebank by John Brown, and launched on January 8, 1916, too late to take part in Battle of Jutland and to early to incorporate lessons learned during that battle.  First and only action of HMS Repulse during World War I took place on November 17, 1917 during the Second Battle of Heligoland Bight where she engaged the battleships Kaiser and Kaiserin, as well as some light cruisers. Repulse scored one hit on the light cruiser Konigsberg.
     Repulse's first major rebuild occurred at Portsmouth Naval Yard from 1933 to 1936. This rebuild included improvements to anti-aircraft artillery, better armor, and facilities for a spotter aircraft.   After the outbreak of World War II in 1939, Repulse operated in various hunting groups that were formed to intercept German commerce raiders.  During the Norway campaign, Repulse covered mine laying operations and took part in the search for Admiral Hipper during which HMS Glowworm was lost. During 1941, Repulse mainly operated on convoy duty, but also took part in the hunt for Bismarck.  She was detached from the main force prior to the final engagement due to fears of a repeat of the loss of HMS Hood and the lack of fuel. 
     In August of 1941 Repulse was ordered to escort a convoy around the Cape of Good Hope. When she reached Durban, South Africa she was ordered to join the East Indies Command on October 3, 1941. On November 28 HMS Repulse joined Force Z with Prince of Wales at Colombo and sailed for Singapore where both ships arrived on December 2, 1941. On December 8th, Force Z consisting of battleship HMS Prince of Wales, battlecrusier HMS Repulse and four destroyers, sailed from Singapore to intercept Japanese invasion force heading for the Malay Peninsula.  Force Z never made contact with any Japanese surface ships but was spotted by a submarine.  On December 10, 1941, Japanese land based bombers G3M Nell and G4M Betty armed with bombs and torpedoes attacked both Repulse and Prince of Wales.  During the battle, HMS Repulse was able to avoid 14 torpedoes but then, in the span of 20 minutes, she was hit by 5 torpedoes and 1 bomb.  HMS Repulse sunk at 12:33pm on December 10, 1941.
     Here you can view construction report of the model built by Padre.
 

 

Model built and photographed by Artur Zuranski, used with permission.
   
 

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