Battleship Bismarck Keigsmarine 1941

Battleship Bismarck Keigsmarine 1941

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Scale

0.180556

Length

50" (1270mm)

Height

11.50" (292mm)

Width

7.16" (182mm)

Manufacturer

Victory Models

SKU

AM1614

Bismarck Model Boat Kit – Victory Models (1614)

The model ship kit of the Battleship Bismarck includes 2 full color building manual volumes with step by step instructions, wooden decks, 16 laser cut plywood sheets, hardwood and MDF, double-planked hull construction, 2266 highly detailed photoetched brass parts, precious paper decorations, brass culverins and burnished metal casted cannons.

The materials included in the kit are only the very best available – highest quality grade birch plywood, walnut plywood and walnut sheet. Photo etched brass sheets which include the minutest detail – this kit is truly the new benchmark for period model kits for price, quality, ease of construction and presentation. This is highly detailed and unique model ship.

Victory Models Model Ship Kits & Victory Models Model Boat Kits make extensive use of laser cutting for all the wood sheets. The fittings, parts and timbers are only the best available. The comprehensive plans and highly detail English instructions will assist you throughout the whole construction process. Victory Models are at the forefront of innovate ship model kit manufacturing producing some of the highest quality ship model kits available.

History of the Bismarck

The Battleship Bismarck Keigsmarine 1941 was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine. Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the ship was laid down at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg in July 1936 and launched in February 1939. Work was completed in August 1940, when she was commissioned into the German fleet. Bismarck and her sister ship Tirpitz were the largest battleships ever built by Germany, and two of the largest built by any European power.

Characteristics

The two Bismarck-class battleships were designed in the mid-1930s by the German Kriegsmarine as a counter to French naval expansion, specifically the two Richelieu-class battleships France had started in 1935. Laid down after the signing of the Anglo-German Naval Agreement of 1935, Bismarck and her sister Tirpitz were nominally within the 35,000-long-ton (36,000 t) limit imposed by the Washington regime that governed battleship construction in the interwar period. The ships secretly exceeded the figure by a wide margin, though before either vessel was completed, the international treaty system had fallen apart following Japan’s withdrawal in 1937, allowing signatories to invoke an “escalator clause” that permitted displacements as high as 45,000 long tons (46,000 t).

Bismarck displaced 41,700 t (41,000 long tons) as built and 50,300 t (49,500 long tons) fully loaded, with an overall length of 251 m (823 ft 6 in), a beam of 36 m (118 ft 1 in) and a maximum draft of 9.9 m (32 ft 6 in). The battleship was Germany’s largest warship, and displaced more than any other European battleship, with the exception of HMS Vanguard, commissioned after the end of the war. Bismarck was powered by three Blohm & Voss geared steam turbines and twelve oil-fired Wagner superheated boilers, which developed a total of 148,116 shp (110,450 kW) and yielded a maximum speed of 30.01 knots (55.58 km/h; 34.53 mph) on speed trials. The ship had a cruising range of 8,870 nautical miles (16,430 km; 10,210 mi) at 19 knots (35 km/h; 22 mph). Bismarck was equipped with three FuMO 23 search radar sets, mounted on the forward and stern rangefinders and foretop.

The standard crew numbered 103 officers and 1,962 enlisted men. The crew was divided into twelve divisions of between 180 and 220 men. The first six divisions were assigned to the ship’s armament, divisions one to four for the main and secondary batteries and five and six manning anti-aircraft guns. The seventh division consisted of specialists, including cooks and carpenters, and the eighth division consisted of ammunition handlers. The radio operators, signalmen, and quartermasters were assigned to the ninth division. The last three divisions were the engine room personnel. When Bismarck left port, fleet staff, prize crews, and war correspondents increased the crew complement to over 2,200 men. Roughly 200 of the engine room personnel came from the light cruiser Karlsruhe, which had been lost during Operation Weser?bung, the German invasion of Norway. Bismarck’s crew published a ship’s newspaper titled Die Schiffsglocke (The Ship’s Bell); this paper was only published once, on 23 April 1941, by the commander of the engineering department, Gerhard Junack.

Bismarck was armed with eight 38 cm (15 in) SK C/34 guns arranged in four twin gun turrets: two super-firing turrets forward?”Anton” and “Bruno”?and two aft?”Caesar” and “Dora”. Secondary armament consisted of twelve 15 cm (5.9 in) L/55 guns, sixteen 10.5 cm (4.1 in) L/65 and sixteen 3.7 cm (1.5 in) L/83, and twelve 2 cm (0.79 in) anti-aircraft guns. Bismarck also carried four Arado Ar 196 reconnaissance floatplanes, with a single large hangar and a double-ended catapult. The ship’s main belt was 320 mm (12.6 in) thick and was covered by a pair of upper and main armoured decks that were 50 mm (2.0 in) and 100 to 120 mm (3.9 to 4.7 in) thick, respectively. The 38 cm (15 in) turrets were protected by 360 mm (14.2 in) thick faces and 220 mm (8.7 in) thick sides.

Scale

0.180556

Length

50" (1270mm)

Height

11.50" (292mm)

Width

7.16" (182mm)

Manufacturer

Victory Models

SKU

AM1614

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