Hobby Boss French Navy Dunkerque Battleship

Laid down on December 24, 1932, the Dunkerque was the first of two battleships in the Dunkerque class (the other was the Strasbourg) and the first of its type to be built by the French after the First World War under the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty. She was launched on October 2, 1935 although it was not until September 1938 that she was placed on ‘active duty’. Dunkerque had a limited wartime career thanks to the German invasion and the ultimate Armistice that France were forced to sign, which the French Navy were determined to comply with. Determined not to allow the French Navy to benefit the German forces, the Royal Navy despatched Force H to Mers-el-Kébir in French Algeria on July 3, 1940. The hope was that the French Navy could be persuaded to join the British or at worst scuttle the vessels. Refusing to comply, the British were forced to open fire and within just 20 minutes had immobilised the Dunkerque. However a public communique boasted that Dunkerque was seaworthy and as a result the British launched a second attack on July 6, this time using torpedo bombers. One torpedo struck a small patrol boat filled with depth charges that was moored alongside the Dunkerque; the resulting explosion tore a huge hole in the battleship and she settled in shallow water.

Dramatic artwork on the outside of the box depicted the Dunkerque under attack at Mers-el-Kébir on July 3, 1940 gets you in the mood straight away. The 650mm long box is jam packed with 14 sprues, three main deck sections, six sheets of PE, a chain, a small decal sheet, an A4 landscape, 24-page instruction booklet, an A3 colour sheet and a 623mm single-piece main hull (beam of 95.9mm). The amount of PE alone supplied with this kit makes this good value for money. A straight forward traditional ship build which, by stage 2, has the hull with deck sealed in place. The entire build is just 26 stages which also gives away the fact that many of 610 parts are in fact PE. The battleship even includes a pair of Loire 130 flying boats which for some unknown reason are produced in clear plastic.     

The release of this rendition of the Dunkerque in 1/350 by Hobby Boss is a welcome change from the traditional British, German, US and Japanese battleships out there.           

Thanks to Creative Models for our sample which is available from www.creativemodels.co.uk


Product: Construction kit


Ref: 86506

Scale: 1/350

Parts: 610

Price: £89.99 (Creative Models)

Manufacturer: Hobby Boss

Website: www.hobbyboss.com