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Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 12:52 p.m. PST

Switching from land battleships to oceanic ones….

Most of us who collect miniatures wind up with excesses and duplicates over time. Last year I decided to inventory my sprawling collection of 1/2400 WWII naval miniatures:

    3x Bismarck
    2x HMS Hood
    5x Bretagne
    4x Dunkerque

That was really not as bad as I'd feared, considering most of my acquisitions were big cast-off collections purchased at flea markets.

I was actually surprised to discover that I *only* had one Tirpitz, exactly the right number of KGVs, and no excesses of US or Japanese battleships.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 12:56 p.m. PST

I also have a few excess cruisers here and there, but in general the smaller ship classes don't get overpopulated because they were larger and gamers don't buy as many of them (and thus, I don't acquire as many when buying their abandoned collections).

- Ix

Rich Bliss29 Mar 2017 1:09 p.m. PST

The last Bismarck I had was Sunday morning. It was delicious

David Manley29 Mar 2017 1:58 p.m. PST

One in 1/3000, three in 1/1200 for some reason, one in 1/600

Personal logo herkybird Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 2:51 p.m. PST

2 in 1:1200

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 3:30 p.m. PST

One, and a Reichstag for him to speak in……

21eRegt Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 3:32 p.m. PST

Two in 1/2400, two KGV, two Richelieu, and two Yamato. All done by "accident" when I got the lovely set of capital ships from Japan. I forget the brand.

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 4:18 p.m. PST

1 in 1:1900 scale.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP29 Mar 2017 4:56 p.m. PST

Wait… what? 1:1900? Is that scratch built?

- Ix

goragrad29 Mar 2017 8:08 p.m. PST

Don't have the database handy and the hips are on the other side of the Divide.

With that, might be half a dozen.

Ebay collections…

McKinstry Fezian29 Mar 2017 8:29 p.m. PST

2 in 1/4800
I think 3 or 4 in 1/6000

gamershs29 Mar 2017 11:28 p.m. PST

I started with 1/1200 ships and picked up the United States fleet. My friend got deeper into 1/1200 then I did and among the ships he purchased was the US Fleet. He died and I inherited his fleet so I have many duplicates.

To go through just some of them:
in BBs 4 Washington, 8 Massachusetts, 5 Iowa
in CVs 6 Enterprise, 4 Lexington

I had about 110 American ships and my friend had over 1200 in 1/1200. Due to the costs and size problems I went to 1/2400 ships when they started to come out so I have a sizable collection of those too.

taskforce5830 Mar 2017 5:27 a.m. PST

One each of Bismarck and Tirpitz in 1/6000, and two yet to be built plastic kits: a Revell 1/1200 Bismarck and a Dragon 1/700 Tirpitz.

Rod I Robertson Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Mar 2017 5:32 a.m. PST


I used to have a huge 1/400 Heler kit but that was over forty years ago and it fell victim to being disposed of prior to a household move as it was in pretty poor condition at the time of its Gotterdammerung.

Cheers and good gaming.
Rod Robertson.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP30 Mar 2017 8:28 a.m. PST

A couple in 1/4800 sets but they have not and never will be painted.

Pontius30 Mar 2017 9:18 a.m. PST

Only the one, 1/3000 scale.

On the other hand I do have more destroyers of 1934, 1934A and 1936 types than the Kriegsmarine ever did.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian30 Mar 2017 12:48 p.m. PST

Does Furst Bismarck count? If so:
Bismarck & Tirpitz in 1/1200
Furst Bismarck in 1/1200 and 1/700

John Treadaway31 Mar 2017 6:31 a.m. PST

One in 1/1 scale in the secret underground wet dock I have at the end of my garden.

I take it sailing during the foggy winter months when no one can see me.

Charlie 1201 Apr 2017 1:39 p.m. PST

Luckily, only 2 (Bismarck and Tirpitz in 1/6000). I do (for some unknown reason) have 4 Hoods (also in 1/6000). I guess I could do the "never built" 3 that got scrubbed.

Legion 402 Apr 2017 7:28 a.m. PST

0 … that includes the Battleship and/or Otto von …

Tumbleweed Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2017 6:10 p.m. PST

Some collectors like to paint their models as they looked at particular points in time, so they acquire multiple copies. For example, I have a 1/2400 CV Hornet with a deck-load of B-25 bombers, then I have another one as she appeared at Midway.

Bozkashi Jones14 Apr 2017 3:38 p.m. PST

@ Pontius – before, or after Narvik ;-)

I have one in 1:6,000 and 1 in 1:3000. The 1:3k is just in grey primer, the 1:6k in Baltic stripes – I know it had been painted over by the time of Rheinübung, but it's just such a lovely paint scheme!


Legion 415 Apr 2017 3:25 p.m. PST

Also Bismarck is a :

Berliner (pastry) or Bismark
Dutch baby pancake or Bismarck
Black Velvet (cocktail) or Bismarck, a beer mix

Who knew ?!?!? huh?

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