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HCMS Haida Tribal Class Destroyer

Reviewed by Sean Hert
The British realized in the 1930's a better destroyer design was required to maintain parity with other nations, a ship with better armament, speed and longer range. The Tribals were designed to meet all those needs and were certainly a welcomed addition to the fleet. HMCS Haida was one of 27 Tribals built, the fourth for Canada, and commissioned AUG 30, 1943. Haida's name comes from a very distinctive and powerful maritime native people of British Columbia, Canada. Her long and distinguished career, covering two world wars and a reconfiguration are noteworthy. Haida was known as the "Fightingest Ship in the RCN," sinking 14 enemy ships adn serving two tours of duty in Korea.

This kit represents Haida in her 1956 configuration, including alterations that were carried out in 1950-1952, at which point she was called again to duty to serve in the Korean War.

This kit was well packaged in the now standard "resin ship kit box." The hull was wrapped in bubble wrap, the parts packaged in three separate boxes, with bubble wrap beneath and atop.

(Taken from the HMCS Haida instruction sheet)

I apologize for some of the images; I played around with different lighting to try and accentuate certain details; I'm not quite sure how it turned out.

The hull is cast in one piece, and is very cleanly cast, with all the 01 level deck structures in place. The only real blemishes I can find are along the mold seam and the casting plug- which is to be expected. Some minor "blobs" along the bow, which a few swipes of sandpaper will cure. This Tribal hull will only require minimal cleanup for a full-hull display.

If a modeler wishes a waterline hull, Resin Shiyard's ordering page states they would be happy to half pour a hull for you, with a slight delay in delivery.

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This first box of parts is primarily guns and floats, but also includes the bridge. One of the 4" twin-barrels arrived broken. The gun bases are cast on thin films, which are easy to sand away. I was little disappointed the 4" barrels are attached to the casting sprue at the rear- which will be the visible gun blocks of these open mounts. I do like the differing Carley floats provided, and the single piece galley stack is nicely done.

Parts box #2 has the two funnels, some platforms and lockers, and the quad torpedo tubes. The parts list in the instructions indicates the screws are in this box, but mine are were in box #3- and of a different design than shown. The two stacks are clean, with nice internal details. I found two things especially interesting about the contents of box #2; the bridge wings as loose parts and the separate, cast bollards. I really like the cast bollards, as the ones cast on the hull always seem to have a few broken when my kits arrive. And if that weren't enough, there is actually a PE option for the bollards available as well- PE bases with styrene rod for the bollard.

My parts box #2 did not include the PE forming block for the SPS-6C radar as indicated on the parts list.

The torpedo tubes are a bit rough, and will require a careful touch.


The final parts box is the largest, and is packed with parts. Platforms, bridge structures, ship's boats and more! This is the first kit I have seen that remembered to include the sonar domes- an appreciated detail.

The largest of the parts in this box, the FWD and After gun decks, are cast on thin wafers. They both have a sheen and slickness indicative of an abundance of mold release in the parts. They will require a very through cleaning, and maybe a light sanding, before paint will stick. However, they have some great detail; the weather "lip" which extends forward form the FWD gun deck has some great bracing detail, and all the angles are sharp and the edges straight.

The cast propeller struts are a bit banged up, but the guys at Resin Shipyard thoughtfully included two of that sprue, so there are 2 good struts.

There are many different size and shapes of vents and other little details. I thought the searchlights were well done, and the 25' Motor Workboat is a nice single casting.

I also included a shot of the parts bag, with supplies of brass rod, styrene rod, and the styrene bilge keels. Also, taped to the inside of the box is 4" of anchor chain.


The 4 sheets of photoetched brass details are some of the most extensive sheets I've ever seen included in a kit. These sheets are just packed with details. The first three sheets are specific to the HMCS Haida, with the fourth being a miscellaneous RCN set.

Resin Shipyard is also Hawk Graphics, and the fine decals are printed by Cartograf. Both black and white pennant numbers are included, to fit the differing points in the ships life that can be modeled by this kit.

This may be the most extensive 14 page set of instructions I have ever seen. Printed in color, they are jam packed with information and instruction. The parts list includes color images of the parts , and false color graphics of the PE frets. Each page is jam-packed with illustrated instructions; I like the use of blue and orange colors on the PE parts, denoting the difference between the front and rear of each part to aid in folding and placement; it is an innovation I'd like to see used by other manufacturers.

The instruction sheets are so packed with steps, in fact, it is a bit difficult telling some steps apart. They will require some careful study and planning to avoid mishaps. On page 6, where actual construction begins, there are references to needing .040" and .010" styrene for the bridge- these are not included in the kit, and don't seem to be referenced anywhere else.

Each step is unnumbered. The instructions state this is so the sub assemblies may be built and painted in any order to suit the modeler. While each sub assembly is well documented, it is left up to the modeler to place each item on the hull in whatever order is preferred; pages 12 and 13 provides diagrams to aid in planning these steps.

Page 14, the final page, provides color illustrations of the paint recommendations. Two versions of Haida are indicated, 1956 and 1953. The colors are listed with Federal Standard 595b numbers (FS numbers) and Model Master Enamel equivalents. I really like this, as Testor's Model Master color range is probably the most available to North American modelers. Also, it is stated that Resin Shipyard will be releasing their own RCN color line in 2008, to be produced by WEM Colourcoats.


Resin Shiyard has produced a fine kit of a famous ship that still survives to this day as a museum ship in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. While the instructions state this is not a kit for beginners, and I agree, I think it would be a great 2nd or 3rd kit for someone familiar with resin ship construction and methods. I was actually a bit overwhelmed by the detailed instructions- being used to instructions coming from the opposite end of the spectrum in information. I would like to see a little more direction on the order of assembly- just to avoid any unforseen pitfalls.

This kit will build up to be the finest example of a Tribal Class destroyer around, and it is great that Resin Shiyard has a good kit drawing attention to a neglected subject. I am looking forward to their release of HMCS Iroquois (280) in 2008.

Resin Shiyard lists this kit at $170.00 CDN, and is available direct from The RSY. Their website is growing, and is worth a browse. The tips section concerning making your own CA applicator (referenced in the instructions) and the Walkaround areas are very informative.