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BRED FOR BATTLE
The first of its class, the Bismarck and sister ship Tirpitz were the largest battleships ever built by Germany. For that matter, they ranked among the largest built by any European power.
During its eight months of prowling, it conducted one offensive raid in the Atlantic Ocean to decimate Allied shipping. Along with heavy-cruiser Prinz Eugen, it came into contact with the HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Hood.
Under full broadside fire from both German ships, the Prince of Wales and the Hood closed the gap. Both the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen targeted the Hood and were able to score direct hits. The Bismarck sent an armor-piercing salvo into the Hood. This would result in a catastrophic explosion of the HMS Hood’s rear ammunition magazine. Only 3 of the 1,419 crew would survive.
Having been hit by three shells and suffering flooding and fuel contamination, the Bismarck sped off.
The chase was on, and the British spared no effort to sink the Bismarck before it could make it to port for repairs. After an enormous battle that included six battleships and battlecruisers, two aircraft carriers, thirteen cruisers, and twenty-one destroyers the Bismarck was crippled.
On May 27, 1941, the mortally wounded Bismarck was scuttled to prevent British forces from boarding.
MADE FOR MODELING
After a couple of false starts with other Bismarck kits, he dedicated himself to building this one as well as he could. It shows!
He built the deluxe edition that included 8 sheets of photo etching and turned metal barrels. This is a great package deal if you want to up your detail game. The addition of an aftermarket wooden deck provided the last bit of realism needed.
SUCKER FOR SCALE
All that PE is enough to cause hand tremors in some of us builders. It doesn’t have to, though. With the right equipment, bending delicate PE into place can be a lot easier. “Hold and Fold”-style devices and bending pliers are an affordable solution for people that have trouble getting consistent results from just tweezers alone.
More importantly, if the thought of working with photo etch is preventing you from working on a model… SKIP IT! Afterall, this is a hobby for most of us, so if you aren’t having fun, you’re doing it wrong!
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