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#665 ORP Ślązak

Building the ORP Ślązak Hunt-class destroyer in 1:700 scale in a Baltic Winter Patrol setting. My first venture into IBG ship kits - no electronics here, just a very fine kit experience.



The ORP Ślązak was a Hunt-class destroyer that was on loan(?) to the Polish Navy from 1942 until being transferred back to the Royal Navy in 1946.


  • ORP: Okręt Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej (Warship of the Republic of Poland)
  • PWM: Polska Marynarka Wojenna (Polish Navy)
  • WP: Wojsko Polskie (Polish Military)

The Kit

The ORP Ślązak 1943 Hunt II Class Destroyer Escort IBG Models No. 70001 is the first of a series of ship kits produced by IBG Models in 1:700.

This was my first experience of IBG’s ship kits and I as very impressed. The moulding is very crisp and detailed for 1:700, and the kit comes with all the parts needed to create a very nice model, including a PE set with railings and other details designed specifically for the model.


Paint Scheme

The basic scheme. As usual for ships in 1:700, I applied final effects with oil paints.

Feature Color Recommended Paint Used
A funnel Black HTK-A041 70.950 Black
B superstructure/hull camo Admiralty Light Grey 507C HTK-A503 70.990 Light Grey
C hull camo Dark Blue-grey B5 HTK-A504 70.868 Dark Seagreen + 70.963 Medium Blue
D deck Admiralty Dark Grey 507A HTK-A501 70.870 Medium Sea Grey

Build Log

The PE was a major selling point for the kit, and I was very happy with railings that perfectly matched the sheer of the hull.


The usual dilemma with ships is deciding the optimal sub-assembly breakdown: easy painting v clean joins.


The kit has a nice rigging guide that’s quite easy to follow.


build02b build02c build02d

Finished with OPR streaks and stains..


Flying the flag..


Building a Fridgid Baltic Patrol Scene

A quick base: HD foam, tissue and glue

build04a build04b build04c

build05a build05b build05c build05d

build06a build06b build06c build06d

Credits and References

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LEAP is just my personal collection of projects. Two main themes have emerged in recent years, sometimes combined:

  • electronics - usually involving an Arduino or other microprocessor in one way or another. Some are full-blown projects, while many are trivial breadboard experiments, intended to learn and explore something interesting
  • scale modelling - I caught the bug after deciding to build a Harrier during covid to demonstrate an electronic jet engine simulation. Let the fun begin..
To be honest, I haven't quite figured out if these two interests belong in the same GitHub repo or not. But for now - they are all here!

Projects are often inspired by things found wild on the net, or ideas from the many great electronics and scale modelling podcasts and YouTube channels. Feel free to borrow liberally, and if you spot any issues do let me know (or send a PR!). See the individual projects for credits where due.