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In the very year since
WWII began, two important warships were launched, neither
of which was completely outfitted and ready for
action until 1941. One, HMS Prince of Wales,
represented the state of the art in British
battleship design. The other, DKM
Bismarck, became the most powerful warship afloat
and represented Hitler's most potent threat to
British merchant shipping in the Atlantic.
The year 1936 saw the laying
of the keel of what was to be the most
well-known naval vessel ever built. The mighty
battleship Bismarck in many aspects the most
important and definitely the most famous German ship
of all time.
was named after the first
chancellor of the German Empire, Count Otto von Bismarck who was also known as the "Iron Chancellor."
Born 1815 in Prussia, Count Bismarck ruled Germany for 30
years, longer than anyone else. He managed to unify
the country while maintaining the peace in Europe
for a generation.
After three years of construction, DKM Bismarck was
launched in 1939. Her length of 792' and
in particular her beam of 118' gave her a high
degree of stability at sea with a superb capability
to absorb damage.
hull was uniquely subdivided into 22 watertight
compartments, 17 of which were within the citadel.
This meant that 70% of the waterline was protected
by heavy armor. More than 90% of her hull was
could reach a top speed of
30.1 knots! With her two rudders, the extraordinarily
heavy battleship could maneuver without tug
assistance in narrow waters. She was
comprised of 17 decks, carrying a crew of 2,065.
Less than a
year after her official commissioning in August of
1940, Bismarck departed to participate in the
battle of the Atlantic. On the 23rd of May,
she disabled the HMS Norfolk.
following day, Bismarck demonstrated its super power
with her accurate main guns. In a mere
eight minute time, she blew up the finest and biggest battlecruiser of Royal Navy, HMS Hood.
The HMS Prince of Wales took four hits and retreated.
Bismarck", roared Churchill. The day after, Bismarck was intercepted by a crushingly superior British Home
Fleet force, including five battleships, nine
cruisers and two aircraft carriers.
Yet even this
concentration of naval force might was not able to
sink her. After over 400 shells and 12
torpedoes had hit her and all her ammunition
exhausted, the battered
Bismarck was blown up and scuttled by her own crew
and sank on May 27th, 1940, at 10:39 AM. All commanders died aboard.
Only 115 sailors survived.
British Admiral John Tovey wrote in his memoirs,
"The Bismarck had put up a most gallant fight
against impossible odds worthy of the old days of
the Imperial German Navy, and she went down with her
This scratch-built, primarily wood Bismarck battleship
model has the following qualities:
- Bulbous bow (very
important). A ship with a wrong hull is like a barge
with some name stickers on it.
Tough appearance like a real
The model stands grand and
lively, not 'dead' like a plastic
toy or boring simple decorative accessory. That art is
considered by many more challenging than the task of
constructing a warship itself. A classic left
brain/right brain issue...
As appeared in May 1941,
during Operation Rheinübung. The black and white
stripes on the hull were painted over and became very blurry. The Swastikas on deck were removed.
In this outfit the Bismarck sank Hood and wounded
Prince of Wales. If you want the Bimarck as appeared at
launch, let us know. There's no extra charge.
L x 10" T x 7" W,
plank-on-frame, lighting system included:
Shipping and insurance in the USA included.
Other countries $400 flat rate.
Show more of the most
deadly naval gun in WW2: add one turret with
interior feature such as gun mechanisms, ammunition
shown in the picture below
28" long, solid hull
No lighting and no interior
options for this small version. This small version
will have over 90% the details of the larger
version. It won't have the tiny details such as
those on the mast post shown at the end of this
Shipping and insurance in the USA included.
Other countries $250 flat rate.
Models are built per commission only. We require only
a small deposit (not full amount, not even half) to start the process.
remaining balance won't be due until the model is
in several months. We'll email you with 24
hrs to confirm your order.
Any service era or
vessel configuration - we can build a model of them
all - Just let us know the name of the ship you
want. If you have served on a ship and you are very
particular about the details of your ship, we are
interested in hearing more.
Add a museum-like touch to your model
display. Keep fingers and dust away. Please visit our Display
for one that would sit beautifully in your room.
To have the guns of
one turret moving horizontally & vertically, fire
and sound like a real battleship gun (all components
are inside the hull)
"I am a history teacher; I plan to display your
ships in my classroom. I find visual learning to
be a very important element of teaching. The
Bismarck was an instant hit with my students,
and has already generated several after class
discussions about the history of the Second
World War. The model is absolutely wonderful and
grabs everyone's attention.
As a teacher I do not make much money; I have
saved for years to buy these ships. Before I
found your website I saw several other models of
Bismarck. It is true, they are either no where
near the quality of Model Ship Master's ships,
or they are far more expensive, (I found a same
size, same quality Bismarck being sold for
$12,500!) At those prices I would have never
been able to own a model so accurate or fine as
I want to say a very special thanks for your
company. Without MSM I could never afford
such teaching tools; you guys really made it
possible, thank you!
p.s. The Hood has been my favorite ship of all
time since I was a child. It is an honor to get
the first Hood of its class from you all.
Sincerely Dr. Alex"
"The Bismarck arrived and it is beautiful! Really nice work - as far as I
have seen because I didn't want to completely unpack it. It is so
perfectly and carefully packed so I will keep it like that for our
upcoming move to Europe. Thank you again very much for your friendly
help and perfect customer service! Best regards, Mathias"
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