Trumpeter - HMS Zulu Destroyer 1:700

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HMS Zulu was a Tribal-class British destroyer built in Glasgow by A. Stephens & Sons. Her keel was laid down on August 10, 1936 and she was launched on September 23, 1937 with boilers and funnels in place, and this gave her the reputation of a lucky ship. Just after she was completed, the HMS Zulu moved into the Mediterranean and was based in Malta. When she returned home in 1941, she had a part in the hunt for the German battleship Bismarck. And in June 1941 Zulu sailed for Falmouth, England to begin her refit. Her after-funnel was cut down and her mainmast was fitted with a high frequency direction finding (Huff-Duff or HF/DF) outfit. Two single 2-pounder guns were mounted on the bridge wings. Radar was installed and the depth charge throwers were relocated. The refit was completed by July. Then she moved back to the Mediterranean, where she performed strike attacks against Italian convoys and later took part in the attack against the Italian base in Tobruk (Libya). Here HMS Zulu's luck turned. On September 14, 1942, she suffered some damages from the Italian coastal batteries on the Tobruk coast. And just a few hours later, she was bombed by an Italian aircraft; the bomb exploded in the boiler room and HMS Zulu couldn't move any more. HMS Croome took off the most part of HMS Zulu's crew, and HMS Hursley took her in tow. But the British destroyer was sinking; just a hundred miles from Alexandria, again she was bombed by an enemy aircraft. HMS Zulu suddenly rolled to starboard and sank. Twelve men of the crew died, and 27 more were missing.