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SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm

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In 1888 by Kaiser Wilhelm II his desire for a strong navy was implemented with the construction of the 4 armored ships of the Brandenburg class. The ships were designed by the naval chief engineer Alfred Dietrich. They differed significantly from similar ships of other navies by the 6 pieces of 28cm main gun. It is also interesting to note is the arrangement along the long axis of the ship for the first time. Although the lead ship of the class, the class was called after the second built ship, the SMS Brandenburg.

The Kurfuerst Friedrich Wilhelm was built in the imperial shipyard Wilhelmshaven and had its launch on 24.3.1890. On 29.04.1894 the commissioning took place. The length was 115.7m and the width was 19.5m. As armament the Kurfuerst had 4 x 28 cm L / 40 and 2 x 28 cm L / 35. The secondary armament consisted of 6 x 10.5 cm and 8 x 8.8 cm rapid loading guns. Also included were 12 x 3.7 cm revolver guns and 6 x torpedo tubes on board.

The four ships of the Brandenburg class formed the 1st Division after commissioning, and the Kurfuest became the flagship of this. The division had the first mission in the defeat of the boxer's uprising in China, but was not involved in any fighting. After the return, the ships were rebuilt several times and, e.g. the number of the 10.5 cm guns increased.

However, the ships were soon considered obsolete and the Kurfuerst and the sister ship Weißenburg were sold to the Ottoman Empire. There she was renamed in Barbaros Hayreddin. During the first world war she sailed on the Ottoman side under the command of German commander Hermann Lorey. On the way to the Dardanelles, she were sunk on the 8th of August 1915 by the British submarine HMS E11. There were 253 dead.
SMS Kurfürst Friedrich Wilhelm
The model is a resin kit from Kombrig and represents the Kurfuerst before the conversion 1902. As usual the kit contains of finely cast resin parts and also an etching part board with the most necessary parts. On the instructions, however, the positions of the 8.8 cm guns were incorrectly stated. I corrected this. The ladders were replaced by better ones from Flyhawk and the railing comes from Lion Roar and Bigblueboy. Otherwise there were no problems with the construction. To complain is only the absence of the 3.7 cm revolver guns. These I left out because of lacking alternatives.

For the painting I used again Lifecolor and Vallejo colors. The rigging was again created with the stuff of Uschi van der Rosten from the rust and could have been more complete with more documents available. The water surface was created from several layers of Vallejos Water Effects. At last came a layer of Noch's clear water.
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About the Author

About Christian Hoeltge (ch_hoeltge)
FROM: BADEN-WüRTTEMBERG, GERMANY

I model 1:48 tanks and vehicles. My special interrest is France 1940. My other side interrest are 1:48 WW2 planes, mainly Germans yet. Since 2015 I started with building ships again. There is my interrest in WW1 and earlier ships. For the start I'm concentrating in German ships, but others will fo...


Comments

Beautiful model.
FEB 15, 2017 - 07:17 AM
Thanks Dave. Greetings Christian
FEB 18, 2017 - 12:45 AM
Christian, That is a beautiful rendition of an unusual subject. I like your water effects!
FEB 28, 2017 - 02:38 AM
Ahoy Christian Superb work indeed. I love the pre-shading look on the hull plus the water effect. Thanks for sharing. Cheers Sean
FEB 28, 2017 - 06:48 AM
Thanks Sean and Tim. I'm still learning to make my waterbase. Greetings Christian
MAR 13, 2017 - 06:29 AM
NICE!
MAR 21, 2017 - 10:22 AM
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