HMS Exeter

The HMS Exeter was a “one off” class of British cruiser in a design evolution within the Royal Navy brought about by the London Naval Treaty of 1922. Famous for its part in dueling with the DKM Graf Spee at the Battle of the River Plate in Sept. 1939, the Exeter also figured prominently in the Battle of Java Sea three years later. Exeter was badly damaged at Java Sea and was torpedoed by a Japanese sub as scuttling charges were being set by the crew.

Our HMS Exeter kit is available in fiberglass frame construction. It includes Baltic birch sub-deck and deck, balsa and silkspan sheeting, rudder, two shafts and stuffing tubes, pre-formed superstructure blocks, turrets and stacks, full size rolled plans, radio box, and assembly instructions. Also available as a fiberglass hull only.

Ship Information
Class: Heavy Cruiser
Laid Down: August 1, 1928
Launched: July 18, 1929
Commissioned: July 27, 1931
Sunk: March 1, 1942

Model Specifications
Length: 47.92 inches
Beam: 4.83 inches
Ship Speed (original): 32 knots

Battling Kit: $665
Fast gun Battling Kit includes: Hull kit, Hardware kit with speed controller (HDW-CA-ESC), 2-cannon system (BBSYST-2), 2.8 oz. CO2 cylinder (TANK-3), variable pressure regulator (REG-V2), small bilge pump (PUMP-S1-6-18), and two VS-2 servos. Radio and batteries are not included in this kit.

Battling kit upgrades:
Upgrade BB system to Dual Fire: $25

Hull Kit only: $259

Recommended Accessories
Parts needed to turn a hull kit into a fast gun combat ship (not needed for battle kits):

Running Hardware (choose from one of the following):
(this piece is best picked up along with the hull kit or as the first add-on kit)

$105  HDW-CA Hardware kit with basic forward/backward movement
$130 HDW-CA-ESC   Hardware kit with electronic speed controller

Bilge Pump:

$33 PUMP-S1-6-18 One unit small pump

Co2 Tank:

$42 TANK-3 3 oz CO2 tank

Co2 Regulator:

$65 REG-V2 Variable Regulator

Cannon System (choose from one of the following):

$115  BBSYST-2 2 Independent straight 50 round magazine cannons, servo actuated
$140  BBSYST-2D 2 Dual fire straight 50 round magazine cannons, servo actuated
$170 BBSYST-SOL-2 2 Straight 50 round magazine cannons, electronic firing, fastest system, can be used in dual or independent mode

Also needed for a combat ship:

Servos: three standard servos (less one if using electronic firing control and less one if using electronic speed control)
Radio System: 4 channels minimum, 5+ preferred, best to get one with built in screen.
Battery Supply: (2x) 7.2 volt, 4-5 amp hr. NiMH (one used each sortie, RC Car battery)

Skills Required
Building: Rookie to intermediate. Special care must be given to maximum allowed weight requirements.
Battling: Rookie

Exeter Hull Kit Contents