|The service life of HMS Hardy was confined to home waters with a brief interlude in the Mediterranean in 1900, although according to .Hard Lying, by Peter Smith, the Hardy was at the China Station in 1906. The 27-Knotters wore out quickly. The first
to go was HMS Skate ordered to be sold in November 1905. Clearly time had passed the HMS Hardy by. A December 1909 report stated that most of the 27-Knotters were good for only 20 to 23-knots. With only one 12-pdr gun, five 6-pdrs and two
torpedo tubes, like most of the 27-Knotters she was obsolete and no longer needed. Hardy was sold on July 11, 1911 to Garnham Shipbreaking. In 1912 the surviving members of the 27-Knotters were classified as the A Class. Only eleven of the class were
in service in August 1914 and served in World War One for inshore patrol work. (Bulk of History from: British Destroyers by Edgar J. March, Seely Service & Co. 1966; British Destroyers, From Earliest Days to the Second World War by Norman
Freeman, Naval Institute Press 2009; The British Destroyer, by Captain T.D. Manning, Putnam & Co, London 1961; The First Destroyers by David Lyon, Caxton Editions 1996; Hard Lying, by Peter Smith, Naval Institute Press 1971; The Naval
Annual 1893, by Lord Brassey, J.Griffin &0 Co. Portsmouth 1893; The Naval Annual 1894, by Lord Brassey, J.Griffin & Co. Portsmouth 1894)
Combrig 1:700 Scale HMS Hardy, Doxford Design 27 Knot Destroyer - This another small kit from Combrig of an early Doxford built destroyer. At $15 from Free Time Hobbies, it is certainly economical, plus it has the added benefit of being able to
be painted in the black and gray Home Fleet paint scheme. It does not come with photo-etch, so for railing, inclined ladders and anchor chain you’ll need 3rd party brass. The hull is cast on a very thin resin wafer. It is a simple matter to break of the wafer
and then gently sand the waterline to clean it up. Resin casting is sharp and clean with no resin errors. Since it is a small ship, there historically would not be that much detail on the sides. However, with the turtle back bow and the splinter shielding around
the small conning tower, there is certainly enough side detail for interest. The hull itself has a row of portholes at the bow and the stern. A small wale runs the length of the hull at the juncture of the hull side with the deck. The deck detail is plentiful. At the
top of the cutwater is a bracket that has the anchor hawse. The anchor chain ran above deck and out through the above deck hawse, instead of coming out through hull anchor hawse. The anchor sits on the rear of the turtleback. The two centerline
windlasses are the largest features on the turtleback with additional detail in the form of chain locker entrance fittings, circular deck access coamings and short ventilators. The only built-up area is around the conning tower with curving splinter shields
running from the conning tower to the deck edge. In the space behind the conning tower has a couple of lockers, presumably ammunition lockers and locater holes for the side 6pdr guns and cowl ventilators. There is even more detail in the midships
section. This includes low funnel bases for the three funnels and round tables for the two torpedo mounts, one midship and one at the stern. There is also more ammunition lockers and oval coal scuttle detail. Locater holes are present for 6pdr guns,
ventilator cowls, pylorus and searchlight. At the stern the detail includes the pedestal for the aft 6pdr, twin bollards, deck access coamings, and locater holes for navigation equipment for the aft navigation station and a ventilator cowl. Fitting and equipment
locations are significantly different from the Combrig kit of HMS Ardent, a Thorneycroft 27-Knotter.
There are four resin runners for the smaller parts. One runner has the two gun platforms, one for the 12pdr on top of the conning tower and the other for the aft 6pdr. They both have what appears to be splinter shielding with openings for entrance ladders.
This shielding would represent canvas dodgers, called Weather Clothes, covering railing since the platforms had railing around them not splinter shields. I believe that I would remove them from the platforms and add photo-etch railing. Another runner has
the three funnels with hollow top, two ships boats, two collapsible boats and three medium size ventilator cowlings. The boats have thwart detail. The armament is located on a runner. The five 6pdr guns are one piece with a conical pedestal and gun
shields. The 12pdr, which doesn’t have a gun shield that it actually had, appears to have too short of a barrel. I believe the end of the barrel was damaged, as the instructions show a longer barrel, however the Combrig HMS Ardent had they same problem.
The two single tube torpedo mounts are nice with a nice shape and reinforcing bands. Also present on this fret are two propeller guards. The last runner has various types of fittings and equipment. A lot of it is navigation equipment, which is located at the
forward and aft control stations. Also included is the aft navigation screen with vision slits, midship searchlight tower, detailed searchlight, boat davits, anchors, hull entrance fitting, and eleven small sized ventilator cowls. There is just one page of
instructions, which has two drawings, a parts laydown and a template showing the length of plastic rods necessary for the masts, yard, boom and steam pipes.