ORP “Podhalanin” – torpedo boat (former A-80 of Kaiserliche Marine), one of the first ships of the recreated Polish Navy after Poland regained its independence in 1918. In service from 1924 to 1938.
She was built in 1917 as a small coastal torpedo boat by A.G. Vulcan in Stettin, Germany (now in Poland). The ship was transferred to Poland in 1919 and until 1921 named ORP “Góral”. Due to lack of funds, it was only in 1924 that the ship was refitted and officially commisioned. After deleting from the fleet list on April 12, 1938, she was used as a torpedo target. After mobilization on August 24, 1939, it was intended for her to be used as a floating spare oil tank. On September 2, towed by the tugboat “Ursus” from Gdynia to Jurata, she was sunk between Jastarnia and Hel on 29 September by the German He 114 from the 1st (M) / Kü.Fl.Gr. 506. Two of their SC 250 bombs exploded about 10 meters from the bow, sinking the ship.
Displacement: 330-335 tons, 381-392 tons full load
Maximum speed: 28 knots
Armament: Polish service: 2 × 75 mm guns, 2 × 450 mm torpedo tubes
The kit is in a top opening box. All the parts are mounted on 2 sprues which are sealed inside a single bag which in turn is wrapped in bubble wrap. Attached to the front of the instructions is a resealable bag containing a small decal sheet. The instructions are printed in black and white on both sides of a single piece of paper and there’s an additional half sheet with a colour painting guide on one side.
The box contains:
- 101 plastic parts on 2 sprues
- 1 decal sheet
- 2 instructions sheet
This is Mirage-Hobby’s kit from 2013. This kit has been re-boxed twice as a German Torpedo boat in 2014 and the ORP Ślązak in 2015.
The sprue attachment points are not too bad, a little large in places, but nothing that will be a problem. The ejector pin marks are either out of the way or on the sprue and not a concern. The level of detail on the parts of the kit is fair with subtle recessed panel lines and raised detail where appropriate. The propellors seem a little large though.
The instructions are clear and are shown in black and white 3D diagrams. The kit is built in 4 simple steps displayed on one page. The actions for each step are described below:
- Put the hull halves together with the stand and add the bow diving planes.
- Add the rudders, aft diving planes and propellers to the hull
- Assemble the conning tower
- Add the one piece deck to the top of the hull and then add the conning tower and aerials.
Paints and Decals
You’re given one black and white painting guide and a small decal sheet. The decal placement is also shown in the painting guide. The paints are named and referenced to the Humbrol range.
Overall this is a nicely detailed kit of an unusual subject. The PE set that is available for it would add more detail but it’s a nicely details kit ideal for someone getting into ship building.
I found this kit available at Mirage Hobby for $8.45 plus shipping which is a good price.
Many thanks to Mirage Hobby for the review sample.