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yarkshire gamer07 Feb 2023 6:25 a.m. PST







Here are the first pictures of the recently completed 1/700 #Bismarck build. (I've just notice autocorrect has done my legs in the title !)

The kit is from Revell and sold as a full hull kit, which I didn't notice when I bought it so a sharp blade and a lot of swearing turned it into a waterline ! I was very impressed with the kit, much more detailed (and longer to build) than the Tamiya ones I've built.

The base on the ship is the same size as the Hood which is 42 x 10. My rules use standard base sizes for classes of ships, so for this scale Cruisers are on 32 x 8 and Destroyers 22 x 6. Don't get you calculator out to work out some complex formula based on model scale and ground scale to work out the reasoning, there isn't any. I am trying to protect the model.

I've done a series of videos on the Utubes covering the entire build if you are interested in that side of things.


The camo scheme is as the ship was painted in early May 41 at the start of Op Rheinubung (Sovereign Hobbies reference), I know these aren't the colours at the time of engagement with Hood, but I wanted a scheme that was instantly recognisable as Bismarck without the pain of repeating the black and white up the superstructure.

Symbols the good old "controversial" crooked cross is not present on the model as it has been presented. I am aware of the sensitivity around this symbol for some. I will be adding it at a later stage, the Revell kit does not come with it as a decal option so that made the decision easier. I am very firmly in the camp of, if its historically accurate and representing a real moment in time I have no problem putting a symbol on a model. I'm old enough and daft enough to distinguish between an accurate model and a political ideology. When I add it I will put a note on any relevant photos.

The horizon in the background of the photo is bent because there is a dip in my table 😀

If you spot anything missing from the model let me know, I've got a couple of pieces rattling around in the box that I've missed !

Anyway I've had a great time building this model and I look forward to displaying and playing with it in the future. I was so enthusiastic I built Prince of Wales last night 👍

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 6:46 a.m. PST

Another great looking model!

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 6:53 a.m. PST

Very nice model! And +1 to your thinking on historical accuracy vs political sensitivity.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 6:59 a.m. PST

Oh my! The detail in the closeup is amazing.

miniaturemen Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 7:15 a.m. PST


35thOVI Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 7:18 a.m. PST


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 8:48 a.m. PST

Outstanding YT vid. series!

Disco Joe07 Feb 2023 9:11 a.m. PST

Very nice.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP07 Feb 2023 11:03 a.m. PST

Model is great,shell splashes are awesome! Seeing a closeup of the deck makes me appreciate the US decision to go with the 5"/38 for AA and surface.

DeRuyter07 Feb 2023 11:19 a.m. PST

Thumbs up! Can't wait to see more ships – and 1/700 Swordfish!

JMcCarroll07 Feb 2023 2:41 p.m. PST

She and the Hood are the nicest looking BB's of WW2.

Great job!

rustymusket07 Feb 2023 5:21 p.m. PST

Great ship modeling! Thanks for posting.

Martin Rapier08 Feb 2023 12:51 a.m. PST

Lovely job. The Arado has come out really nicely too.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2023 6:59 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting your superb work !

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