German BISMARCK class Battleships - Available by the end of 2018
- Category: Battleships
- Last Updated: Monday, 30 October 2017 16:30
Bismarck and Tirpitz were the biggest, most powerful and the last Battleships ever built for the German Navy, or as known then, the Kriegsmarine. The building of these ships were driven by Adolf Hitler after he had renounced the treaty of Versailles.
Armed with eight 15 inch guns, a speed of 31 knots and elegant lines, these ships were magnificent and were to be feared during WW2. Despite the many myths created by western exageration by WW2 Allied propaganda and TV documentaries since then, the Bismarck and Tirpitz had many faults. Allied battleship technology was a generation ahead of Germany's in the 1930's and 40's. The Bismarck class had very poor armour distribution, an over complicated and inadequate anti-aircraft defence, little armour protection for the rudders, and exposed communcations systems throughout the ship to name a few. The most serious problem to these ships was the German Navies battle doctrine at the time, Allied technology such as radar and the size of the Allied Navies aligned against them.First to complete was Bismarck, and in 1941 she was sent into the Atlantic on her maiden voyage to attack Allied convoys to England. During the Bismarck's entry into the Altantic she sank HMS Hood and damaged HMS prince of Wales in the Battle of the Denmarck Strait. Only days later she was damaged and surrounded by heavy units of the British Royal Navy and pounded to a wreck after which she scuttled herself. 3504 men were lost between Bismarck and Hood. Tirpitz when complete was sent to Norway to combat Allied Actic convoys to the Soviet Union. Only once did Tirpitz fire her big guns in anger, for she was kept bottled up most of the time in Norwegian fjords. The Allies made many attacks on Tirpitz from 1942 until late 1944. Only on the 12th of November 1944 did a force of Lancaster Bombers attack and capsize the Tirpitz with 12000lb "Tallboy" bombs. Up to 1204 sailors lost their lives.
This 1:72 scale hull comes with ships plating, armoured belts, shaft exit positions, 'A' bracket positions, rudder positions and anchor positions moulded in.
3,486mm long and 500mm wide.
(Available by the end of 2018)
Price for hull: A$ 1,390.00 + freight *