GPM Bismarck, 1/200 scale, completed

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  1. sakrison

    sakrison Member

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    German Battleship Bismarck was commissioned in August 1940. In May 1941, she and the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen left the Baltic Sea, heading for the North Atlantic to attack British shipping. On 24 May, west of Iceland, she was spotted by the British battlecruiser Hood and battleship Prince of Wales. In the ensuing "Battle of the Denmark Strait," Prince of Wales was heavily damaged and retreated; Hood exploded and sank. Bismarck received shell hits that slowed her and damaged her fuel tanks. Leaving the Prinz Eugen, she headed for France for repairs.

    In the days that followed, Bismarck was attacked by carrier planes and surface ships. One torpedo hit her astern, jamming her port rudder in a 15-degree turn. On 27 May, a British battle group caught up with her and with shells and torpedoes, reduced Bismarck to a wreck. Less than two hours after the final battle began, Germany's largest warship capsized and sank with the loss of all but 110 of her 2,300 officers and enlisted men.
    Bismarck's sinking ended Adolf Hitler's plans for a fleet of super battleships. Her sister ship, Tirpitz stayed in Norwegian waters raiding convoys bound for Russia. Tirpitz was finally sunk at anchor by aerial bombs in Kaa Fjord, Norway in November 1944, with the loss of 1,000 of her crew.

    This model of the Bismarck, in 1/200 scale, is 50 inches long and 13" high at the main mast. It is built almost entirely of paper, from a kit published by GPM of Poland. Other materials include photo-etched brass railings (main deck only), brass and wire masts, and cotton thread rigging. I began building the model on 30 June 2013 and completed it on 5 May 2014.

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  2. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

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    You did a PHENOMENAL JOB on this project!!!
    Everything looks so CRISP, CLEAN and SMOOTH!
    I like the little history note that you included in the description. Very well done!!!
    KUDOS TO YOU ON A FINE JOB WELL DONE!!!
  3. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Excellent job, one of the better, if not the best "Bismark" I've seen. :)
  4. frap10

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    That's a super build! You did a wonderful job on it.
  5. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Next Model of Merit!! :)
  6. DanBKing

    DanBKing Dan the Man

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    She sure is a thing of beauty!!
  7. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Could you please post a picture I could use of the whole ship from whatever angle you wish, so I can give it the "Model of Merit" recognition it deserves? :)
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  8. scifimodelfan

    scifimodelfan Member

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    Beautiful. Great detail
  9. Wezra

    Wezra New Member

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    That is phenomenal! A serious labour of love, those 1/200 ship models are incredible. I still have trouble sticking a rocket together at times :)

    The rigging work is particularly good!
  10. sakrison

    sakrison Member

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    Thank you for your comments.
  11. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

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    Thanks for posting your labor of love here. We all enjoyed it very very much! :)