When World War One started, the Royal Navy had many different types of designs of destroyers in service. At the end of the war, they had settled on an excellent
design with the
V and W classes, which were built in great numbers. The great numbers of these classes hampered further design of RN destroyers but not as
greatly as the huge number of flush deckers built for the USN hampered future destroyer designs for the USN. However, from 1917 to 1924 there were no new
destroyers designs for the Royal Navy because of the large number of
V & W destroyers and the poor shape of the British economy. In 1924 the Admiralty
decided that new destroyers should be built to take advantage of the technological advances that had been made since the war. The Admiralty invited bids for new
designs from the five largest destroyer constructors. Thornycroft and Yarrow submitted the winning designs and built one ship each,
Amazon by Thornycroft and
Ambuscade by Yarrow. These two were trial designs to test the new technology. The ships were armed with four 4.7-inch guns with gun shields, two 2pdr and
two triple tube 21-inch torpedo mounts. They had a displacement of 1,352-tons (normal), a length of 323-feet (98.45m)(overall), a beam of 31.5-feet (9.6m)
(
Amazon) and 31-feet (9.45m) (Ambuscade), and a draught of 8-feet 6-inches (2.59m)(mean). Three Yarrow boilers fed steam to two Brown-Curtis turbines and
Parson cruising turbines for 42,000shp for
Amazon and 35,500shp for Ambuscade for a top speed of 37-knots for both. These designs set a basis or template for
Royal Navy destroyers for more than a decade.

Two years later, it was decided to restart series production of destroyers, which excluding the solitary leader for each class, started with the same letter. The eight
destroyers of the
A Class, plus leader HMS Keith, were part of the 1927 programme. The final design was two-tons lighter but of the same length of the trial
ships with the same armament, except for quadruple torpedo mounts instead of the triple mounts.
B Class of the 1928 programme tweaked the design for the A
Class
. With D Class of the 1929 programme length increased to 329-feet(100.28m) because of the addition of one 3-inch AA gun but the rest of the armament
was the same. The
E Class and F Class kept the same length but with the G Class the length dropped back to 323-feet due to the deletion of the cruising turbines.
The
A through G Classes were all very similar in appearance with a square bridge. The 1934 programme called for the H Class, which were originally going to be
repeats of the
G Class with some alterations. Technically, the biggest of these alterations was a redesigned 4-7-inch gun that allowed an elevation of greater than
40 degrees without resorting to gun wells. In dimensions and specifications there was little difference between the
H Class and the trial Amazon and Ambuscade
designed a decade earlier.
The H Class had a length of 323-feet (98.45m) overall (OA) 320-feet (97.5m) waterline (WL) and 312-feet (95.09m) between perpendicular bulkheads (PP) ,
beam of 33-feet (10.05m) and draught of 12-feet 5-inches (3.78m) mean. Displacement was less that the
Amazon design because of welding with 1,340-tons
standard and 1,859-tons full load. Eight ships were ordered among four builders. Denny had
Hasty and Havock, Parsons had Hereward and Hero, Scott’s had
Hostile and Hotspur and Swan Hunter had Hunter and Hyperion. They were all laid down between February and April 1935, launched in 1936 and commissioned
between September 10, 1936 and January 8, 1937. Three Admiralty 3-drum boilers fed steam to the two Parsons turbines, providing 34,000shp for a maximum
speed of 36-knots. Armament was four 4.7-inch Mk IX guns, except for two of the ships, eight .50 machine guns in quadruple mounts and eight 21-inch
torpedoes in two quadruple mounts.
Hereward was selected to test a new twin 4.7-inch gun that had greater height than the single 4.7-inch gun. To increase
viability for bridge personnel, the
Hereward and Hero were given a taller, new style of bridge very similar to the bridge style of the Tribal Class big destroyers.

In 1937 the United States entered into negotiations to lease six destroyers to Brazil. Argentina, ever wary of an increase to the Brazilian Navy, objected and the
matter was dropped. Since Brazil was denied the US built  destroyers, she went shopping in Great Britain, where the
H Class had just entered service. Six
destroyers of the
Jurua Class were ordered from British yards based on the H Class design. They were laid down between March 30 to September 28, 1938 with
three yards getting two ships each.
Jurua and Japarua went to Vickers-Armstrong, Juruena and Jaguaribe to Thorneycroft and Javary and Jutahy to S. White..
As a side note, with Argentina denying US destroyers for Brazil, Brazil greatly improved her own yards and in 1937 laid down her first large warships, three
destroyers of the
M Class with a great deal of technical assistance from the US. This class was bigger than the Jurua or J Class with five 5-inch guns and was
almost identical to the
Mahan Class of USN destroyers. The history of these Boys for Brazil suddenly changed on September 1, 1939. Instead of cruising the
tropical shores off Rio de Janeiro and overawing the Argentines, these ships would be facing the Luftwaffe and U-Boats in the cold North Atlantic.        
On September 4, 1939 all six Brazilian destroyers were purchased by the Royal Navy. They were renamed with Handy ex-Jurua, Havant ex-Javary, Havelock ex-
Jutahy
, Hearty ex-Juruena, Highlander ex-Jaguaribe, and Hurricane ex-Japarua. On February 27, 1940 Handy was renamed Harvester and HMS Hearty, whose
name was too similar to the
H Class HMS Hardy became HMS Hesperus. The ships were very similar to the original H Class except they carried three 4.7-inch
guns, as Y gun was deleted for more depth charges as a result of a change by the Admiralty, they had the new type superstructure of
Hereward and Hero, a
combined range finder/director was fitted, and the funnels were initially shorter. They were launched between July 17 and October 16, 1939 and commissioned
between December 19, 1939 and June 21, 1940.  As completed,
Havant, Havelock, Hesperus and Highlander didn’t have a fire control director and only a
makeshift rangefinder and no torpedo tubes, such was the haste to place them in service. The Boys for Brazil formed the 9th Destroyer Flotilla. It service they were
called
The Brazilians or the Carmen Miranda Class.

HMS Hesperus, ex-Juruena, ex-HMS Hearty was built by Thornycroft and laid down July 6, 1938, launched on August 1, 1939 and commissioned January 22,
1940 as
HMS Hearty. Commander Donald Macintyre took command of HMS Hearty on January 15, 1940 and continued as commander of HMS Hesperus until
March 13, 1941. He had a second tour of command of
Hesperus from August 28, 1942 until March 22, 1944. He retired as Captain and wrote a foreword for
Warships in Profile 20 HMS Hesperus, written by Captain Peter Dickens. In his forward on the monograph about his ship, he wrote: “Her debut was far from
auspicious. Hurried to sea at Winston Churchill’s insistence, her upper deck had been incompletely caulked and she leaked like a sieve in a seaway and had to be
taken in hand for this to be remedied. She had no gun-director nor any form of gun-control. Her only anti-aircraft weapons were two four-barreled 0.5 inch
machine guns. Her gyro compass was a Brown’s, designed for the gentle motion and absense of shock to be expected in a passenger liner; only in the calmest
weather did it function under the rough treatment provided by a destroyer.

Nevertheless, as Captain Peter Dicken’s narrative shows, the Hesperus was to be a credit to her builders, give great good service to the Royal Navy and follow a
splendidly successful career throughout the Battle of the Atlantic.
”        
As Captain Macintyre mentioned, his ship was very weak in anti-aircraft capability. However, HMS Hesperus was spectacular in an anti-submarine role. The
Hesperus and her sisters were always in the front lines against the U-Boats. The Boys for Brazil were the only British destroyer class to delete the aft gun in order
to carry a huge supply of depth charges. After a short work up
Hesperus and Havant were sent to Scapa Flow for anti-submarine duties. After Germany invaded
Norway and Denmark on April 8, they were sent to the Faroes Island, a Danish possession in order to inform the governor that Great Britain would occupy the
islands. After that, it was on to Norway to Narvik Fiord for ground support. The only real threat was high level bombing and Commander Macintyre earned the
reputation as the artful dodger in the manner in which he maneuvered the
Hesperus to avoid the bombs. On May 15, 1940 Hesperus was further south off Mo
supporting British landings. Here, she was in range of Ju-87 Stukas. Her 4.7-inch guns were not dual purpose and the quad Vickers machine guns totally
inadequate against the dive bombers. As
Hesperus frantically maneuvered, there were two near misses off her stern, damaging the destroyer. She was sent back to
Dundee for repairs. Her companion sister,
Havant, was not so lucky. After the evacuation of Norway, Havant was sent to Dunkirk were she was sunk under
heavy air attack. During these repairs
Hesperus had her aft torpedo mount landed and an old 3-inch HA gun added in its place. It wasn’t much but it was far better
than the ineffectual quad Vickers machine guns. However there still was no gun-control system.

At the end of 1940, the 9th Destroyer Flotilla, minus the lost
Havant, was transferred from the Home Fleet to the Western Approaches Command, where the true
qualities of the class took prominence, as anti-submarine warfare specialists under the name 9th Escort Group. In January 1941
Hesperus and Hurricane ran into
a freak very powerful storm. Both ships received storm damage but
HMS Hurricane had her B gun deck and B gun twisted upward into the face of the bridge.
During the storm at the approach of a mast high wave, Commander Macintyre was heard to shout out to the
Hesperus, “Climb you bitch, climb!” Earlier escorts
had chased to reported submarine positions, leaving their convoy and very seldom finding a submarine. In spring 1941 tactics changed. The escorts would stay
with the convoy instead of chasing shadows. On March 13 Commander Macintyre left the
Hesperus in order to form the 5th Escort Group. Macintyre relieved Lt.
Commander Harry Tait of
HMS Walker, as the Walker became flag for the 5th Escort Group. Tait was given command of Hesperus. After repairs Hesperus was
sent to Gibraltar to become part of Force H. One of her first operations was as an escort to the relief convoy supplying Hawker Hurricanes to Malta. In the
Mediterranean, air attack was by far the greatest threat and
Hesperus was near helpless in that role. Admiral Somerville decided to never again take Hesperus with
Force H in that type of mission. In May Force H steamed into the Atlantic to hunt the
Bismarck but the destroyers couldn’t keep pace with the big ships and were
detached. Since Somerville did not regard
Hesperus highly, she was sent back to Great Britain.  There was a short refit at Liverpool in which she received a fixed
radar array, which in turn was replaced with a rotating array after a few months. In August she was an escort for
HMS Prince of Wales, which was taking
Churchill to meet President Roosevelt. Again, heavy seas prevented the destroyers from keeping up with the battleship and
Hesperus sustained damage and had to
go to Iceland for temporary repairs. After the patch
Hesperus steamed to Immingham for final repair. It was during this repair that Hesperus finally received her
gun-director and range finder.
In November 1941 Hesperus escorted a convoy to Gibraltar and then patrolled the straits against U-Boats and Italian submarines. On December 14 the radar of
Hesperus picked up a surfaced U-Boat and charged in. Hesperus and companions made depth charge runs throughout the night but the U-Boat survived. In
January 1942
Hesperus was part of the striking force with HMS Laforey,  for Convoy HG 78. The striking force acted as hunters for the convoy as opposed to
the close escorts. On January 14, 1942  a message was intercepted from a U-Boat about the convoy. At 0110 January 15 a radio transmission was detected less
than two miles away.
Hesperus turned towards the contact. At 0113 sonar confirmed that there was a U-Boat and a wake was spotted. Hesperus opened fire with
B gun but soon stopped because the gun flash was blinding gun and bridge personnel. At 0120
Hesperus illuminated U-93 on the surface and running at full speed
of 17-knots. Tait rammed the submarine but it was a glancing blow in which the U-Boats commander and First Lieutenant were thrown from the submarine’s sail
into the motor boat of the
Hesperus. As the stern of Hesperus reached the U-Boats conning tower, Hesperus loosed a five depth charge pattern set at 50-feet and
X gun fired away. Once past the submarine’s hull A gun joined X gun in point blank fire at
U-93. Both guns hit with two 4.7-inch hits on the conning tower and
one on the hull. At 0126 the remaining crew of
U-93, since their commander and second in command were already aboard Hesperus, abandoned ship. A total of
40 of the crew of
U-93 were rescued and Hesperus returned to Gibraltar for repairs. Her bow was flooded to frame 14 and all of her starboard side was buckled
and the blade tips of her starboard propeller bent. After temporary repairs
Hesperus was sent to Falmouth for full repairs. Tait was awarded the Distinguished
Service Order D.S.O.

The five remaining Brazilian
H Class destroyers came to the fore in March. Because of their excellent anti-submarine abilities, each of the destroyers was made the
flagship of their own escort groups.
Hesperus became flag for B 2 Escort Group with Commander A.F.St G. Orpen as group and ship  commander. Tait went to
the
Harvester as commander B 3 Escort Group. After repairs from the ramming Hesperus was back escorting convoys in April. In June 1942 Donald Macintyre
came back as the
Hesperus and group commander. By this time she had the SW radar and two 20mm Oerlikons. The Hesperus Group successfully kept U-Boats
away from her convoys for the rest of the year, at least until December.
Hesperus was escorting convoy HX 219. As the convoy neared the dispersal point a U-
Boat contact was reported astern.
Hesperus and HMS Vanessa, which was part of the Hesperus Escort Group, reversed directions and sped to the point of
contact.
U-357 was spotted on the surface at seven miles distance. The U-Boat dived and the two destroyers slowed to deploy their sonar. Macintyre spotted a
periscope only 50-yards from
Hesperus and swung away so that the stern of Hesperus would swing over the U-Boat location. The Hesperus loosed a shallow
depth charge pattern, which forced the
U-357 to seek safety by going deeper. After the two destroyers made repeated depth charge attacks, apparently without
result,
Vanessa spotted the submarine on the surface and went in to ram her. Vanessa struck the U-357 but it was a glancing blow. Both Vanessa and Hesperus
were so close to
U-357 that they couldn’t fire their guns. Each of the destroyers were trying to ram the submarine in close quarters. Finally it was Hesperus that
got in the killing attack, as she caught the
U-357 beam on and bore right into her. A loud ripping noise was heard as Hesperus  cut the submarine in half. The U-
357
sank immediately. The Hesperus' hull had been ripped open for almost a quarter of her length and she could only manage 15-knots. It was into Liverpool for
repairs.
During her repairs Hesperus had A gun landed and a hedgehog thrower installed in its place, two more Oerlikons, four depth charge throwers and the 3-inch gun
landed for increased depth charge storage. In April the
Hesperus Group was escorting convoy ONS 4 westbound. On April 23, 1943 the convoy was in mid-
Atlantic when it was attacked by a 17 boat Wolfpack. In addition to the B 2 hunting group the convoy also had the escort carrier,
HMS Biter. U-191 surfaced
astern of
Hesperus, which reversed course with corvette HMS Clematis of her group. The U-191 was spotted and dived when she spotted the British escorts.
The
Hesperus went in to try out her new hedgehog system but a mistake was made and they didn’t fire. Depth charge patterns by Hesperus and Clematis forced
the
U-191 to go to a shallower depth and Hesperus went in for another hedgehog attack. This time all 24 hedgehog projectiles fired as advertised. Two explosions
were heard and
U-191 went to the bottom. None of the merchant ships were lost to this huge Wolfpack.

On May 5
Hesperus and her group left Newfoundland escorting eastbound convoy SC 129. May 1943 was the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic. Wolfpack
Group Elbe, consisting of 18 U-Boats was vectored to attack the convoy. On May 11
Hesperus lost her perfect escort record of never losing a merchant ship,  as
U-402 managed to sink two merchants. Although U-402 escaped, more U-Boats were heard astern. Hesperus spotted U-223 submerging and the destroyer laid
precise patterns that caused so much damage that
U-223 had to surface. What occurred next was an epic battle between HMS Hesperus under the command of
Commander Donald Macintyre and
U-223 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Wachter. The submarine surfaced so close to Hesperus that the 4.7-inch
guns could not be depressed low enough to target. However, the Oerlikons chewed up the conning tower and the U-Boat guns couldn’t be manned. Wachter fired
four torpedoes, which missed. Macintyre didn’t want to ram because the convoy needed every escort and the Admiralty had discouraged ramming as a tactic.
However, at one point
Hesperus did nudge the U-223 and cause her to roll. Hesperus increased range to be able to use her main guns and some of the German
submarine crew was spotted abandoning the U-Boat. Macintyre thought that the
U-223 was finished and Hesperus left to rejoin the convoy. However, U-223 was
not finished. Wachter and his crew took 12 hours to make the submarine operational but she was able to submerge to shallow depths. It took 12 days for
U-223 to
reach the safety of St. Nazaire but she made it.
Hesperus returned to the convoy in the nick of time on May 12  because 12 U-Boats were clustered around it. The
radio transmission of
U-186 was heard close ahead of Hesperus. The U-Boat went deep but after three accurate depth charge patterns the pressure hull of the
submarine cracked and collapsed for the 4th kill of Hesperus. The U-Boats didn’t come back that night and the convoy safely made port except for the two ships
lost at the start of the battle.
The Battle of the Atlantic had been won in May 1943. The U-Boats were withdrawn from mid-Atlantic operations on May 24. The rest of 1943 was uneventful for
the
Hesperus. as convoy after convoy crossed the Atlantic unevenly. In March 1944 Donald Macintyre left his Hesperus to command another hunting group and
Commander G.V. Legassick took command. Nothing new happened as 1944 continued and that fall
Hesperus was transferred to the 19th Escort Group. In
January 1945
Hesperus became flag for the all destroyer 14th Escort Group with Commander R.A. Currie. By now there were so many escorts and so few U-
Boats that the escorts jostled one another to get out what few targets they could find.
Hesperus, Havelock and Hotspur sailed from the Clyde on April 30, 1945
and almost immediately received a report from a Short Sunderland flying boats of a U-Boat contact. By now, the favorite U-Boat tactic was to lie on the bottom of
the seabed in shallow water and wait for targets. If the hull was picked up by sonar it was assumed that the return would be considered a wreck. The British
would check wreck after wreck in their search for U-Boats. Wrecks were probed and if one had the right size, an attack might be delivered.
Hesperus picked up
the right size return and made two hedgehog attacks. You couldn’t judge hits by the explosions because in shallow water all the projectiles would explode.
Hesperus and Havelock made six more hedgehog attacks but it was after two depth charge attacks that evidenced surfaced that proved that the U-242 had been
sunk. Four days later all U-Boats ceased hostilities and on the 14th of May
HMS Hesperus led the allied ships escorting eight U-Boats to surrender. In her last
mission
Hesperus escorted the Norwegian government back to Oslo, where her service life began five years earlier under Stuka attack. The three surviving
Brazilian
H Class destroyers were offered for sale to Brazil but this was declined. HMS Hesperus was sold for scrap in December 1945.

The Atlantic Models 1:350 Scale HMS Hesperus - Although the box label says that the Atlantic Models HMS Hesperus is the 1944 fit, it is not. It is in the
1941 to early 1942 fit.  The first two Oerlikons were not installed until June 1942 and probably were direct replacements for the quad Vickers; machine guns on
the platform between the funnels. Two more were added, one on either side of the bridge as well as the hedgehog mount replacing A gun in the early 1043 repairs
and refit. The instructions don’t show any Oerlikons and do show the Vickers mounts. The brass photo-etch fret has four Oerlikons as well as the two Vickers’
mounts but it was designed as a
G through I Class photo-etch set. The presence of the Oerlikons would allow substitution for the Vickers for Hesperus through
the balance of 1942.
I experienced a rush of fond memories when I opened the box to the Atlantic Models HMS Hesperus. It had all of the hallmarks of a resin kit from White
Ensign Models
. How could it not, since Peter Hall built the masters and photo-etch for WEM. The Hesperus is in the White Ensign Range of kits from
Atlantic, as kits that started out from WEM. In the case of Hesperus it started out as HMS Havelock but Pete made some changes to make it the Hesperus for
the
Atlantic Models release. The hull comes in two pieces, divided at the waterline. It is cast in the same cream colored resin, which was used by WEM. Indeed,
inside the upper and lower hull halves is the incised “
WEM G, H & I”, which allowed the hull castings to be used in other models of those three classes. The hull
halves easily snap together and there were absolutely
ZERO DEFECTS to the hull castings. You heard me correctly, zero, none, nada, zilch defects. No flash.
Perfect fit. Zero pin-holes or other voids. No resin splash. The upper hull casting has the flare at the forecastle with two rows of portholes. The lower row
continues at the stern. The port holes do not have rigoles (eyebrows). The deck detail is plentiful and finely done. The forecastle has a raised multiple windlass
fitting with anti-skid lines radiating from it. Ahead of this fitting is another one only slightly above the deck with a single bollard and fittings for the entrances into
the chain locker. The anchor hawse have sufficient depth for the anchor chain to descend into them. Small twin bollard fittings are at deck edge with the base for
A gun on centerline. At the aft end of the forecastle is an indentation for the forward superstructure part. At the deck break are thin bulkheads curving down from
the forecastle to the main deck. There are also a couple of forecastle overhangs and a deck house. There are raised base plates with slots for funnel attachment.
The main deck has delicate, subtle deck lines along its length. Down the centerline are attachment outlines for the anti-aircraft platform, searchlight platform and
aft superstructure. Amidship fittings cast integral to the hull are the base posts for torpedo loading davits, small deck edge twin bollards and a large single bollard.
On the quarterdeck is a mushroom ventilator, another single bollard and base plate for Y gun. All the bollards have the correct hour glass shape. Lower hull detail
has the bilge keels, propeller shaft skegs, aft keel and locater hole for the sonar dome.
                     
The smaller parts come in three formats; resin block casting for individually cast resin parts, white metal runners and brass photo-etch. Each of the smaller resin
parts is cast individually and must be pre cleaned. Like the hull halves, there is no clean up involved. Again, as with the hull, I could not find any flaws. The three
largest of these parts are the 01 level of the forward superstructure, the bridge and the aft superstructure. The part for the 01 level superstructure has the nice flare
of the spray guard in front of B gun with support structure underneath. There is plenty of detail on the bulkheads with handrail, doors, pipes and lockers. Doors do
not have hinge or dog detail. At the rear end of this level is crisp splinter shielding surrounding the slot for the bridge piece. The bridge is very nice with splinter
shielding with top shelf, aft platform, binnacle and compass on the raised navigation platform, small observation positions with thin splinter shielding, doors,
lockers and pipes. The aft superstructure has the spray guard for X gun with the same support structure underneath, doors, handrail, junction boxes and lockers.
The funnels are excellent. Each have three crisp steam pipes. The forward funnel is especially nice in that one of these pipes crosses the starboard side of the
funnel and the aft pipe has what appears as a galley fitting. Both funnels have nice caps and second apron a little bit down from the top. The anti-aircraft platform
continues the good detail with splinter shielding, ready ammunition lockers and open platform on the aft face. The three gun shields have vision positions on their
front faces and gun mount inside their open backs. The additional depth charges carries because of the suppression of X gun is another resin part. The -inch gun
platform is resin with circular base and ammunition lockers on the corners. Another resin part is the small deck house that is the base of the search light platform.
It has junction boxes and a door on the bulkheads and support bracing underneath the overhanging open platforms. On the deck of the platform are another
binnacle and compass, plus locater hole for the searchlight. The quadruple torpedo tube has side fittings, hollow shrouds at the forward end and torpedo head
detail. There are three resin ship’s boats, two open and a powered cabin launch. The open boats have bottom paneling as well as crisp tillers and rudders.
There are quite a few white metal parts that come on sprues. White metal is usually not quite as crisp as cast resin parts. However, the white metal parts for the
Atlantic Models HMS Hesperus kit are very good, except for quibbles about a few of the parts. A good portion of the white metal parts deal with depth charges.
The Hesperus has three stern racks of depth charges. The rows of depth charges are white metal parts while the racks enclosing them are brass photo-etch. There
are eight white metal depth charge throwers with separate thrower reloads. The 4.7-inch guns, as well as the 3-inch gun are white metal. The 4.7-inch guns has the
barrel and breach, which fits into the resin mount in the gun shield. The 3-inch gun casting is one-piece with barrel, mount and pedestal all one casting. Gun detail is
very good. Other white metal parts with very good detail include the gun director (DCT) and carley rafts. Other parts include the search light, sonar dome, propeller
shaft struts, propeller shafts with propellers and fore mast with crow’s nest. The mast pole, as well as the propeller shafts are hard to straighten. Because of their
length, it will take patience to get them absolutely straight. One option is to cut off the crow’s nest and propellers and replace the white metal with brass or plastic
rods.

The brass photo-etch fret is large and has a copyright of
White Ensign Models 2008. It was designed to supply brass parts for any destroyer in the G, H or I
Classes
. This is abundantly evident in even a cursory glance at the fret, as every destroyer in all three classes has two relief-etched name plates on this fret, allowing
the modeler to build their favorite of the classes. The name plates are certainly not the only parts that show relief-etching. Probably the prettiest relief-etched part is
the canvas overhead with frame for the navigation platform. Other relief-etched pieces are the boat thwarts, boat davits, quad Vickers’ mounts & base plates, depth
charge rack bases, and stern TSDS frame and davits.  Other brass parts are included for: 3-inch gun platform support, frame, AA platform support frame, carley
rack frames, depth charge racks, depth charge thrower davits, torpedo reload davits, bridge windows, bridge support frames, stove pipes, bridge semaphores, signal
lamps, 285 radar array, diamond HF/DF antenna, mast yards, funnel platform, funnel sirens, funnel grates, searchlight frame, four two-piece Oerlikons, boat oars &
rudders, two-piece anchors, launch propeller/shaft/rudder, launch hand rails, rudder and aft superstructure platforms. For generic brass parts you get;
accommodation ladders, two long runs of anchor chain, customized fitted flare railing, two long runs of main deck railing, two long runs of standard railing ,inclined
ladders (some with trainable treads and some with rungs) and two long runs of vertical ladder.        
If you have ever seen the outstanding instructions for a WEM kit, you won’t be surprised that the Atlantic Models instructions for the Hesperus carry on in that
exceptional presentation. There are four pages, three of which are back-printed. The presentation is in text, numbers and drawings. The quality is outstanding
throughout, although the paper quality appears to be a tad lower than that in the original
WEM kits. Page one is a comprehensive history, ship’s specifications and a
color laydown of the resin and white metal parts in which each part is described. Page two has the brass photo-etch fret laydown and description of each part. In
assembly resin and white metal parts are the part number in a square and brass part number in a circle. Assembly is in a series of modules. Page three has assembly
of major parts and smaller modules on 4.7-inch guns and quad Vickers machine guns assembly. Page four has seven assembly modules which include; AA platform
assembly, depth charge racks assembly, TSDS frame assembly, depth charge rails, depth charge throwers, 3-inch gun platform and forward superstructure fittings.
Page five has nine modules which cover assembly instructions for; 286 radar, fore mast, main mast, funnel fittings, search light platform, ship’s boats. Anchors,
starboard boat assembly and port boat assembly. Page six concludes the assembly modules with five modules; anchor locations, running gear, aft superstructure
ladders, forecastle railings and accommodation ladders. The last single printed page is a large full color plan and profile of
Hesperus in 1942 with Royal Navy and
Colourcoat designations.
The Atlantic Models HMS Hesperus in 1:350 scale is an error free multi-media kit with excellent parts and outstanding locations. Even though it is based on the
earlier
White Ensign Models HMS Havelock, it is about as perfect of a resin kit as you are likely to find.
Steve Backer
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