Scharnhorst was built by the War Naval Shipyard Wilhelmshaven, Germany, on October 3, 1936 launch, and began service in January 7, 1939. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau operated together for much of the early portion of World War II, including sorties into the Atlantic to raid British merchant shipping. During her first operation, Scharnhorst sank the auxiliary cruiser HMS Rawalpindi in a short engagement. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau participated in Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway.
- 46 inches long
- Beam span: 5+ inches
- 1600+ parts
- 25 sprues, 6 photo etched parts