ESCORT                                                       ISSUE 115



H.M.C.S. KOOTENAY - 1944

A 1:350 scale model from The Resin Shipyard by Keith Butterley

HMCS Kootenay (ex-HMS Decoy) was commissioned in to the RCN on April 12, 1943.  After two years of war time service, during which she participated in the sinking of three U-boats, she was paid off in October 1945, then sold for scrap.

The kit is supposed to represent her in 1944.  Unfortunately this is not quite true.  There were small hedgehog launchers on either side of ‘A’ gun but they are not provided.  Also there is no HF/DF aerial in the PE fret, so I had to put the 291 radar there as opposed to the top of the main mast.  The gun shields for the 4.7's were also PE, but were completely featureless, so I used some resin ones I had in my spare box.  They were not cast very well, but they were better than what was provided.  Also not provided were enough carley floats.  The instructions called for 12, with only 8 in the kit.

The kit was originally full hull and when I received it, it had been mostly w/l'd.  I put it on a belt sander to finish the job. I do not recommend this method for the feint of heart or those of you that do not have a steady hand.  (The kits can be provided as full-hull or waterline, the latter being produced by limiting the resin pour and so are not a true waterline.  This was the situation in this case. Les).  That could turn in to a disaster in a split second.  The instructions call for you to build it from the bow to the stern.  They are pretty straight forward and easy to follow, with just a couple of omissions.  For instance, there is no mention of attaching the anchors.  The parts had some flash and some of them were not cast that well. 

Bottom line.  There certainly is not the quality of today's injection molded kits here and this is not a starter kit.  Unless you have had previous experience with resin kits or just experience in model building in general, this kit is not for you.  This is for experienced builders only.  But in spite of the shortcomings, I was quite happy with it when it was done.

As an aside, I rigged it with a product called E-Z line.  This was my first use of this.  It made rigging the kit a breeze.  E-Z line is a thin elastic type thread and will go taut with a minimum of force.  Since it is elastic it has a lot of give and springs back in to position.  Because of the elasticity you can bang it around with no worries of breakage.  I used Loctite to attach it and had no problems.

Below: the ship’s namesake, a member of the ‘Restigouche’ Class.