by Glen Porter
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This is Tamiya's O Class Destroyer kit in 1/700
scale built as HMS Onslow.
I was unimpressed with the accuracy of this kit
when I bought it, so it remained unbuilt for some time. Eventually, when
I had more reference on HMS Onslow, I opened the box again and decided
that it was possible to make the kit more accurate.
I performed the following additions and modifications to the
basic Tamiya kit:
The bridge, funnel and masts were
rebuilt from scratch (kit radar was used)
All decks were altered
Bulwarks / solid side railings were
AA platforms were scratchbuilt
Kit boats were used, but they were
Even after this work, the model is still not accurate because the
bridge is too big, making the other major features (such as the
funnel) out of proportion.
The colours were matched to the boxart using White Ensign Models'
"Colourcoat" Enamels. The camouflage finish was a combination of AP
507A Dark Grey, AP 507B Medium Grey and AP 507C Medium Grey. The
deck was finished in another WEM Colourcoat colour.
The paints were sprayed by airbrush after masking. The rust
streaks were brush painted.
I applied a gloss coat before adding the decals, but my final flat
coat (using Testor's Dullcoat) was too thick, obscuring some of the kit
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Model and Text Copyright © 2003 by Glen
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Brett T. Green
Page Created 06 January, 2003
Last Updated 04 June, 2007
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