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WWI was a disaster for the German Navy. Many ships were sunk, scuttled or became prize ships. By 1939, when the Admiral Hipper was commissioned, it was one of only three heavy cruisers in the German arsenal. The Hipper participated in several commerce raids against shipping in the North Sea, and the disastrous Battle of the Barents Sea. She was scuttled at her moorings in Kiel in 1945. This full-hull kit features a display stand, Arado 196 aircraft and two paint options: North Sea, 1940 or Atlantic Ocean, 1941. Skill level: 3 Scale: 1:720 Length: 295 mm Parts: 74
Most sailing ships achieved fame in seafaring history through sea battles, but some gained it through exploration. On 27th December 1831, H.M.S. Beagle, a brig built in 1817, sailed from Devenport, England on a five year expedition round the globe. At the invitation of the Captain and naturalist Robert Fitzroy, the young natural scientist Charles Darwin was also on board. The observations made by him during the voyage on the evolution of life and the origin of species formed the basis of the Darwin Theory, which made him one of the most important scientists of all time. This historic voyage went via Brazil, Chile, the Galapagos Islands, Tahiti, New Zealand and the Cape of Good Hope and back to England, where they arrived on 2.10.1836. Many species were brought back with them as specimens of their revolutionary findings. Model-details: - Structurally detailed hull with gunports - Detailed deck with hatches - Bow section with decorative elements - Detailed masts and yards - 2 anchors - Detailed stairways - Reproduction shrouds - Sails with linen texture - Railings and wheel - 4 cannon - Lifeboats with oars and davits - Includes yarn for rigging - Flag chart - Display stand with name plate Skill level: 5 Scale: 1:96 Length: 385 mm Height: 298 mm Parts: 178
Tamiya 1:350 Bismarck.
The "Bismarck", at 42,343 tons was, for her time, the largest and most up-to-date battleship in the world (next to the "Hood"). On 24th May 1941, in a sea battle, together with the heavy cruiser "Prinz Eugen", at the pack ice frontier of Greenland, with a direct hit by the 5th salvo from her 380 mm guns she sank the largest British battle cruiser the "Hood". Launched on 14th February 1940 at the Blohm and Voss shipyard, Hamburg, together with the similar "Tirpitz" she was the most up-to-date and prestigious ship of the German navy. With a length of 251 m the top of the mast stood 52 m above the surface of the sea. She was protected by a total of 17,450 tonnes of steel armour plating. The newly designed heavy artillery fired 800 kg projectiles up to a range of 34.2 km and were capable of penetrating 350 mm armour at 21 km. Although the "Prinz Eugen" suffered no direct hits in the battle of 24th May, the "Bismarck", which was damaged in the bow, made for a French harbour. In the subsequent pursuit by British ships and aircraft, on 27th May 1941 a torpedo hit the rudder and after being hit by the superior numbers of the Home Fleet she was disabled and sunk in the Atlantic about 800 km off the French coast. Of the 2,092 men on board, 115 survived. Model-details: - NEW MOULD - highly detailed - display stand - camouflage instructions and decals for two periods of use: trial phase in the Baltic, autumn 1940 and May 1941 Skill level: 5 Scale: 1:350 Length: 718 mm Parts: 659
One of the most famous vessels in maritime history is the HMS Bounty, a sailing ship that became known for the bold mutiny that took place on board. In 1787 Captain William Bligh was ordered by King George III to bring bread-fruit trees from Tahiti to the West Indies in the Bounty. Captain Bligh ruled with an iron hand and continually reduced the rations of his crew. On 28th April 1789 the famous mutiny occurred. Bligh and 18 of his henchmen were set adrift in a boat but, after a veritable odyssey of a voyage, succeeded in making their way back to England. The rest of the crew decided to remain in the region and settled on Pitcairn Island, far from the shipping routes. To prevent discovery, the Bounty was ultimately burned by her former crew in 1790. Model details: - Detailed hull with wood grain - Detailed deck with pin rails - Rudder and row boat - 4 cannon on mount - 2 anchors - Detailed masts and yards - One-piece shrouds - Sails with canvas texture - Flag chart - 5 figures - Display stand with name plate Skill level: 5 Scale: 1:110 Length: 372 mm Wingspan: 291 mm Parts: 171
One of Frances finest aircraft carriers, faithfully recreated! Features a ship superstructure with radar equipment, a flight deck with structural details, eight 100 mm guns, various aircraft and waterslide decals. Skill level: 2 Scale: 1:1750 Length: 151 mm Parts: 55
The celebrated battle between the U.S.S. Constituition and the H.M.S. Guerriere during the war of 1812 was actually the second time these two frigates had met on the open sea. A few weeks prior to their historic conflict, a British squadron led by the lordly Guerriere surround the frigate. With escape seemingly impossible, the captain of the Constituion, Isaac Hull, ordered out the small boats and by kedgin a manuever whereby an anchor was dropped some distance ahead and the hawser heaved in, the sip was gradually pulled forward. Hull also orered most of the fresh water pumped overboard and the sails wet down to catch every bretah of air. The Constituion escaped. several weeks later the two war ships met again, alone this time, and the mighty Constitution completely destroyed the Guerriere. Skill Level: 3 Scale: 1/96 Length: 32" Parts: 1,223
Launched in 1797, the U.S.S Constitution was the first ship commissioned by the United States Navy. During all her fighting days, not one enemy foot trod her decks. Today, the Constitution retains its Navy commission and is anchored at Boston Harbor as a memorial to the days of great sailing ships and fighting men. Features: Pre-molded ratlines, individual cannons, textured billowing sails, three-piece hull and deck assembly, display stand base with nameplate. Skill Level: 3 Scale: 1/196 Length: 15-3/4" Width: 2-3/8" Parts: 159
1-130 Scale.Measures 20.5 inches long. Highly detailed kit by Airfix comes with instructions, vacumm formed sails. Skill level 2.
The Frigate "Dom Fernando II e Glória" was the last sailing ship built by the Portuguese navy. The wood used was top quality teak. The artillery consisted of cannon in wheeled carriages on the gun deck and carronades on the upper main deck. The ship was launched in 1843 and was named after the Portuguese king and queen. She made her maiden voyage in 1845 and in 1865 she was converted into an artillery training ship. By the time she was retired from service in 1878, the frigate had travelled over 100,000 sea miles, equivalent to five times round the world. The Portuguese navy was still using the permanently moored ship for artillery training between 1889 and 1938. She was then taken over by a charitable foundation in 1940 to provide a basic education and training in seamanship for youngsters from poor families. In 1963 the ship caught fire and sank. In 1992 the wreck was salvaged and the frigate was rebuilt as a museum ship to be exhibited at Expo '98 in Lisbon. The model kit represents the well-known sailing ship in its condition in 1850. An authentic reproduction of the frigate can be made from 234 components. In addition to textured sails, cordis included to represent the running and standing rigging, together with an extensive flag chart. Model-details: - Main deck with wooden structure - Gun deck - Structural details on two halves of hull - Detailed deck superstructures - Wheels - 4 anchors - 6 rowing boats - 60 artillery pieces - Multipart masts with yards - Shrouds - Textured sails - Cords for the running and standing rigging - Decals and flag chart - Display stand Skill level: 5 Scale: 1:200 Length: 440 mm Height: 302 mm Parts: 234
One of five King George V-class battleships constructed between 1937 and 1942, the H.M.S. Duke of York was built by Scotland's John Brown and Company. In 1943's Battle of North Cape, she helped in the sinking of the German battleship Scharnhorst. After WWII, she became the flagship of the Home Fleet until 1949, and was scrapped in 1957. Kit features a detailed deck with extensive superstructure, waterline hull, ten 35.6 cm cannons, sixteen 13.3 cm cannons, six 20 mm Oerlikons, a catapult with flying boat and numerous cutters and lifeboats. Skill level: 4 Scale: 1:700 Length: 324 mm Parts: 186
Revell 1/720 USS Enterprise, PL USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Nuclear Aircraft Carrier. The USS Enterprise was the first nuclear powered aircraft carrier built for the US Navy and entered service in November 1961. This huge ship displaces 75,700 tons and has 8 reactors which generate over 300,000 hp. The ship carries nearly 5,000 personnel to operate the vessel and maintain the aircraft she carries. 1/720th scaleLength: 18-7/8 long102 piecesOption to build complete hull, or waterline version30 aircraftDetailed superstructure with radarKit Features:102 parts in light grey plasticOptional full hull with propellors and rudder or waterline hullDetailed flight deck, island, fan tail, and anti-aircraft missile mounts.Includes A-4 Skyhawk, RA-5C Vigilante, A-6E Intruder, and F-4 Phantom aircraftIncludes simple display standRequires but does not include paint and glue. Ages 10 .
The construction of new battleships and aircraft carriers capable of speeds over 30 knots also required modern new destroyers capable of up to 38 knots. Consequently in January 1940 the General Ship Board responsible for these plans decided that a new destroyer should be designed with a 127 mm main armament in five gun turrets and 10 torpedo tubes. By the end of 1940 orders for 100 ships of the future Fletcher Class were placed with 11 different shipyards. When the USA came into the war in December 1941, the navy placed a further 75 orders. The DD-445 USS Fletcher type called after Admiral Frank F. Fletcher was launched on 3rd May 1942 from Federal Shipbuilding in Kearny, New Jersey. Unlike previous US destroyers the hull of the ship was able to withstand much heavier loads, so that the destroyer driven by two high-pressure steam turbines with a capacity of 60,000 shp reached a top speed of 37 knots. The maximum cruising speed under operational conditions was 32 to 33 knots. Modern radar equipment ensured that she was also fully operational by night and in poor visibility. Some parts of the superstructure were clad in 12 mm hardened steel armour increased to as much as 19 mm armour plating in vital areas of the hull. Thanks to a very conservative construction, a powerful power plant and extensive modern radar and sensor systems, the ships of the Fletcher Class proved to be the most successful US Navy destroyers in the 2nd World War. Skill level: 5 Scale: 1:144 Length: 797 mm Parts: 500
When cargo vessels come into harbour having covered thousands of sea miles, theystill have a difficult stretch ahead of them. This is where the harbour tug boatcome into their own, take over command and tow these gigantic ships safely alongside the quay. The tug boats do not carry any cargo, but serve to tow large tankers and cargo vessels. These small, robust but very manoeuverable boats have very powerful engines developing from 250 to thousands of horsepower. The bridge is designed as a high superstructure to give them a good panoramic view, that will enable them to do their job properly and guarantee a safe passage through the confined space of the harbour. The bow, stern and side walls are usually reinforced and equipped with additional protective matting. Model details: - One-piece hull - Ram guard - Structurally detailed superstructure - Lifeboat - Two masts - Lifeboat and rubber dinghy - Captain and two seamen - Two display stands - Detailed decals Skill level: 3 Scale: 1:108 Length: 231 mm Parts: 89
Launched on November 7, 1931, the U.S.S. Indianapolis (CA-35) was the second ship to be named after Indiana's state capital. She was ordered to serve in the South Pacific soon after the outbreak of World War II. The Indianapolis transported the uranium used to build the "Little Boy" atomic bomb, which was dropped on Hiroshima. On July 30, 1945, she was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-58, sinking within twelve minutes. By the time rescue ships arrived, there were just over 300 survivors (out of 1,196 crewmen). Skill level: 3 Scale: 1:700 Length: 262 mm Parts: 139