Negotiations with Italian shipbuilders about the building of destroyer leader for the USSR have begun in 1935 and have come to the end with signing 9/9/1935 of a contract with OTO. The requirements provided considerable improvement of general performances in comparison with Leningrad: speed not less than 42.5kts, endurance not less of 5000(20)nm, armament consisted from 3 twin 130mm turret mounts, 6 45mm AA guns and 3 triple 533mm TTs. The armament should be fitted after the arrival of the ship to the USSR. 3/2/1936 Italian party presented the project which has received the index 20I. The decision on building of 3 ships in the USSR was simultaneously accepted, but because of differences in technologies, it was later refused. 18/4/1939 Tashkent was accepted by the crew and 6/5/1939 arrived in Odessa.
The ship had a hull with forecastle with appreciable deck sheer to stem and a cruiser-type stern. Prominent features of the leader were a completely covered bow streamlined superstructure smoothly transferring to the fore funnel, and covered storm corridor, allowing to be transferred on all ship length without an exit to an upper deck. Extremely powerful machinery placed en echelon. On trials, Tashkent reached 43.53kts at 3422t and 130000hp.
Under the project, the armament consisted of 3 twin 130mm/50 B-2LM turret mounts, but because of protraction of availability of the latter, Tashkent at commission received temporary armament: 3 single 130mm/50 B-13 guns. Originally designed guns were installed in February 1941.
On the 27/6/1942 en route from Sevastopol to Novorossiysk Tashkent was hard damaged by German aircraft and 2/7/1942 sunk by German aircraft at Novorossiysk. By the summer of 1944, she was salvaged and broken up in 1946-1948.
- Model Length: 399.1mm Beam: 39.1mm
- Metal Anchor chain parts
- 6 sprues, hull, and decks
- The kit contains over 210 parts
- The hull made from two-directional slide moulds
- Contains display stand
- Photo-etched parts included
- PE parts included