Tamiya re-releases Hood to our 1/700 Waterline Series. Along with the high-quality finish of
Highly detailed display quality 1/700 scale models of Hood and E Class Destroyer.
the original model, this kit includes an all-new E Class Destroyer which accompanied Hood
during its pursuit and final showdown with Bismarck in the Denmark Strait.
Built in May 1920, Hood remained one of the worlds largest warships for nearly 20 years,
although by the outbreak of WWII she was relatively outdated in terms of naval technology. On
May 23rd, 1941, Hood set out as part of a naval force to hunt down Bismarck and Prinz
Eugen, which were heading toward the Atlantic to assault Allied shipping. On the morning of
the 24th, Hood spotted and engaged the German ships in fierce combat. The more modern
Bismarck outmatched Hood, sinking it with hits from its huge main guns. Along with the
demoralizing loss of its symbolic flagship, the British navy also suffered the loss of 1,415
men, including Admiral Holland and his talented officer corps. A total of 9 E Class Destroyers
were built in 1934-35, featuring 1,350 ton displacement, 100m length and top speed of 36
knots. They were armed with 4 main guns, 8 AA guns, 8 torpedo launchers and 20 depth
charges. 2 E Class ships, Echo and Electra, escorted Hood on her final mission, both surviving
that assignment. Electra had the grim distinction of rescuing Hoods only 3 survivors.
The newly developed E Class model is Tamiyas first destroyer to feature easy-to-assemble
left/right halves design. Portals, bridge, deck and flared center reproduced in faithful detail.
Destroyers main guns and torpedo launchers are moveable thanks to use of polycaps.
Display with Tamiyas British battleships Prince of Wales, King George V and Rodney, and
German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen to recreate the pursuit of German Battleship Bismarck.