Review Mirage Hobby 1/400 ORP Mazur

ORP Mazur started life as torpedo boat V105 of the Kaiser’s German Navy. At the end of the war Mazur was awarded to Brazil, but then was sold to a private UK company and ended up being bought by Poland in 1921. She was towed to Gdansk in Sept 1921. She was then refurbished and entered service in the Polish Navy on 1 Aug 1922.

In 1931, she was rebuilt into an artillery school ship, and her armament was changed. In the same year, during the training, a training torpedo launched from the “Ślązak” hit the side of “Mazur” causing great damage. In the years 1935-1937, the ship underwent another reconstruction, during which the rear chimney and rear mast were removed and retoolings were made. After completing the reconstruction, on June 1, 1937, she was re-commisioned in the Polish Navy.

The outbreak of the war found her in the wartime port of Oksywie, where she was moored at the west pier in the No. 2 basin. That day, the ship was to evacuate to Hel the Independent Fleet Command and Information Unit, Anna Starkówna. At. At 14.00, the port was attacked by 32 Ju 87B “Stuka” from IV. (St) / LG 1. Ready to leave the port “Mazur” gave anti-aircraft fire with a 40 mm cannon and various machine guns. At the end of the raid, a bomber flew over the ship and dropped three bombs. The first of them hit the bow section, tearing it away from the rest of the ship. The second exploded at the pier at the height of guns No. 1 and No. 2, and its explosion pushed the ship about 70 metres from the wharf. Water began pouring in through the broken hull and the ship slowly began to sink. Despite the destruction and loss of about 40 people, the remaining crew members continued their anti-aircraft fire, even until the waves washed them off the deck.

The wreck was dismantled and the 75 mm guns mounted onshore. The remaining armaments were mounted in the improvised armoured train ” Smok Kashubski “, which was used as a coastal defence weapon. After the end of hostilities, the wreck was scrapped by the Germans.

Displacement standard: 340 t
full: 421 t
Length 62.6 m
Width 6.22 m
Dipping 2.54 m
Crew 5 officers; 74 seamen

Armament (1939)
3 75 mm wz. 95 (3 x 1)
1 40mm Vickers cannon
2 Hotchkiss 13.2 mm (1 x 2)
2 Maxim machine guns wz. 1908 (2 x I)

2 AEG Vulcan steam turbines with a total capacity of 5500 HP, 4 Yarrow boilers, 2 three-bladed screws with a diameter of 1.7 m
Speed 27 kts
Range 640 nm

The kit is in a top opening box. All the parts are mounted on 4 sprues which are sealed inside a single bag which in turn is wrapped in bubble wrap. Attached to the front of the instructions is a resealable bag containing a small decal sheet. The instructions have one page of background information, 4 pages of build instructions in black, white and red and the last page is a colour sheet of painting instructions.

The box contains:

  • 66 plastic parts on 2 sprues
  • 1 small decal sheets
  • 1 double-sided instructions sheet.

This kit was originally released in 2002 as the V106, then the 1935 version of the Mazur and finally the 1939 version. The larger sprue is common to all and the smaller sprue contains parts relevant to that version. The sprues are bagged in the box and the decal sheet is in a small bag that is attached to the instruction sheet.

The sprue attachment points are not too bad, a little large in places, but nothing that will be a problem. The ejector pin marks are either out of the way or on the sprue and not a concern. The level of detail on the parts of the kit is fair with recessed panel lines and raised detail where appropriate. Some of the parts look a little think in places.

The instructions are clear and are shown in black and white diagrams. The kit is built in 9 steps. Steps 1-8 build the kit and step 9 is painting and decals. There is also a simple rigging guide, although the printing is very faint and a little hard to see in places.  The actions for each step are described below:

  1. Build the stand
  2. Build a ventilator?
  3. Buid the funnel
  4. Join the 2 hull halves and rudder
    1. Step 4a adds the propellors and shafts
  5. Add the 2 part deck
  6. Build the bridge
  7. Add the bridge and some small parts
  8. Add deck guns, funnel, boats.

Paints and Decals
You’re given painting guide and a small decal sheet. The paints are named and described where they go, deck, upper hull, lower hull. The decals are indicated on the diagram and the black line between the lower hull red and upper hull grey is given as strips of decal. You might want to just paint it instead. There’s an attempt at a rigging guide too. It shows where the wires attached to the top of the mast, but the bottom attachment points are a little hard to see.

This is a nice little kit and should be a pretty simple build for anyone. The price of this kit should make it very popular, especially among younger builders. There is a PE set that was made for this kit by Mirage-Hobby, but it seems to be a bit hard to find these days.

I found this kit available at Mirage Hobby for $7.00 plus shipping.

Many thanks to Mirage Hobby for the review sample.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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