Date Added: 29 September 2014
Immediately after WW II was ended in May 1945 the restoration of the country started. The ministery of defence made a plan to rearm the Dutch army, navy and airforce. In 1950 the final plan was ready to be excecuted. The plans for the navy provided in an aircraftcarrier, cruisers, destroyers, submarines, patrolvessels, minesweepers and auxilary ships. In april 1950 the keel of the first destroyer of the Holland class was layed and 11 more would follow in the next 8 years. Soon after the first four ships were commissioned, it appears that the hull cracked just before the bridge. The weight of the two AA-guns and the depthcharge launchers was to much for the construction. Both the AA-guns were removed from the ships and removed from the plans for the next 8 destroyers of the Friesland class. The last destroyer was decommissioned in 1982 after 25 years of active serving. For the model all kinds of material, such as wood, carton, plastic, spring steel and paper, was used. The hull was divided in a lower and an upper part. After inserting the hull the superstructures were put into place and the sea was completed with a nice "white mustache" that suggest the full speed ahead on the ships telegraph. The model represents the Amsterdam, pennant D819, launched in 1958. She was build in Amsterdam on the NDSM shipyard.
|Destroyer of the Holland and Friesland class