The very first plastic kit of a British warship was produced in 1958 by a company called FROG. It was of a Battle class destroyer and it was in 1/325th scale. I bought one and needless to say I made a hash of it. Many years latter, I bought one from a model show for 2. This hung around for many more years, until last year I decided to try and build it using modern accessories. I decided to build it as HMS Corunna, a 1943 Battle. After much work the only things left of the original kit were the hull, funnel, 4.5" turrets, torpedo tubes and the ships boats. The rest was scratch-built and photo-etch. When I had finished this model, I realized how far we have progressed in our hobby and how lucky we are nowadays.

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Phil Reeder