Scale Plastic Model Kits

The Battleship BismarckKit

At 06.00 hours on Saturday 24th May 1941, the Royal Navy was dealt one of its most shattering blows. The 42,000 ton battle-cruiser Hood was destroyed after an action lasting barely eight minutes with the Bismarck, the largest and most modern battleship in service with the German Navy. Three days later, after the most celebrated sea chase of the Second World War, which involved no fewer than three British battleships, two battlecruisers, two aircraft carriers and nine cruisers, plus numerous destroyers, Bismarck was brought to bay, reduced to a blazing hulk, and finally sunk. The career of the most feared German warship was terminated a mere nine months after she was commissioned.

Bismarck was commissioned on 24th August 1940, and after a period of trials, crew training and general working-up in the Baltic, was joined in April 1941 by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen. The two ships trained together for several weeks and in the middle of May moved north to the Norwegian fjords. On 22nd May, Bismarck and Prinz Eugen, under the command of Admiral Gunther Lutjens, left friendly waters and steered north-west on Operation Rheinubung, a break out, via the Denmark Strait, into the Atlantic Ocean with the intention of attacking the vital British convoys. The British, realizing the immense threat posed by the two raiders, made strenuous efforts to locate the German vessels, and by the evening of 23rd May the cruisers Suffolk and Norfolk had sighted them and proceeded to track their movements by radar, eventually delivering them to the guns of Hood and the brand new battleship Prince of Wales. Although Hood was destroyed, Bismarck had received three hits from Prince of Wales, one of which had penetrated a fuel tank, causing a leak which left a slick in the vessel's wake and contaminating much of the oil that remained. In view of the seriousness of the damage, Admiral Lutjens decided to cancel Operation Rheinubung and, after detaching Prinz Eugen, made for the Terman-held French coast. The journey was never completed.

The pursuit, interception and final annihilation of Bismarck was fraught with incident. First, Swordfish torpedo bombers from the carrier Victorious launched three attacks, but without significant success. Then the British lost contact. It was regained through Bismarck's transmission of a radio message, but the signals were misinterpreted and the German battleship was not positively located again until early on 26th May, when she was spotted by an RAF Catalina flying boat. Strikes by Swordfish aircraft, this time from Ark Royal, were delivered, first in error against the British cruiser Sheffield, then against Bismarck, and one torpedo struck the stern of the battleship, jamming her steering gear and sealing her fate. On the morning of 27th May, the British battleships King George V and Rodney appeared on the horizon and, closing the range, proceeded to pound Bismarck to a wreck. An hour and three quarters later, the cruiser Dorsetshire put three torpedoes into her, and at 10.40 hours she capsized and sank, taking with her some 1,800 sailors.

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Plastic Kits

#180-142-7 Tamiya Bismarck
length 27" scale:1/350 US$99.00 on Special US$89.95

000-000-0 MIN Bismarck 1/800 US$13.95

#000-000-0 Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber 1/48 US$00.00

#000-000-0 ??? US$00.00

Gold Medal Photo Etched Super Detail Sets

Railing sets
#178-818-6 Railing set for 1/350 scale Bismarck

* Railing in several styles including pre-shaped sections for upswept bow.
* Vertical and inclined ladders,
* aircraft catapult, funnel cap and uptake grilles,
* crane details,
* boat details,
* seaplane struts and propellers,
* watertight doors,
* bulkhead details,
* hangar doors,
* FuMo 23 radars,
* bridge wing rails and supports,
* yardarm footrails.
our web price US$50.95

#178-811-2 Railing set for 1/400 -1/450 scale WWII German Battle ship

#178-811-2 Railing set for 1/400 -1/450 scale WWII German Battle ship
Photo etched metal railings, veritcal ladders, companion ways (railings & stairways),  crane details, lifeboat rigging & life preservers. Mfg. US$54.00 our web price US$48.95

#178-776-6 Railing set for 1/700 scale WWII German Battle ship
Photo etched metal railings, veritcal ladders, companion ways (railings & stairways),  etc.
Mfg. US$14.50

Officers & Crew sets
#178-820-1 Crew sets for 1/350 scale ships
One hundred crewmen: Officers, sailors & signalmen set in various poses, climbing ladders, pointing, waving, gestulating & saluting. US$9.95

#178-788-1 Crew sets for 1/570 to 1/700 scale ships
One hundred crewmen: Officers, sailors & signalmen set in various poses, climbing ladders, pointing, waving, gestulating & saluting. US$7.95

Metal Anchor Chain
PH4413 Blackened metal anchor chain for 1/350 scale US$3.95
PH4403 Brass anchor chain for 1/350 scale US$3.95
PH4410 Blackened metal anchor chain for 1/700 scale US$4.75
PH4400 Brass anchor chain for 1/700 scale US$4.25

International flag set
#180-504-5 These flags are printed so that they appear to be blowing in the wind. Flags of several countries such as the Unitied States, Britain, Japan's rising sun, nazi Germany etc. This set includes flags in both 1/700 and 1/350 scale. US$9.95

#180-601-1 3X Plastic Glues set
Contains three different types of glues. The first is for general assembly. The second is for gluing small plastic parts when you do not want any of the glue to show. This glue is also used for fusing long seams. The third is for gluing the photo etched parts together and to your model. US$7.95

Paint sets

#000-000-0 Bismarck Battle ship Acrylic paint set (??? different colors) US$00.00

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