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1/350 DKM Bismark with WEM PE Set

It was 64 years ago. Green water broke over the bow beneath a steel gray sky. The Bismarck, pride of the German Navy, was trying desperately to get to France and safety. 3 days ago he had his baptism of fire, sinking the pride of the Royal Navy the HMS Hood while taking little damage himself. A shot taken in the bow, below the waterline had caused some flooding and the loss of precious fuel oil. The crew of the Bismarck, young and old alike, for the first time felt the fear and the adrenaline rush of combat on the foam capped sea. Many thought they were under the protection of Poseidon himself, invincible, until the Swordfish struck. These fragile, slow moving aircraft swarmed around Bismarck like bees around a brown bear. Their dauntless crews braving intense anti aircraft fire while they flew their planes from a past era in slow, straight lines towards the target. Then, with a well placed torpedo, a shudder ran through the ship and in an instant its fate was sealed. The brave aviators knew they’d got in one good hit but had no idea of its effects. Time melted away the feeling of invincibility from Bismarck’s crew. Crippled by the torpedo blast that knocked the rudder into a screw the ship was unable to steer a straight course and so escape to the coast of France or even the protection of German aircraft was impossibility. The wind and sea were working against Bismarck, constantly turning her bow back towards her pursuers. And so on this overcast, cold morning the men in the Bismarck each contemplated his fate. Thoughts turned inward to home, loved ones, memories long forgot. Some still had false hopes of a miraculous victory for the German ship, some thought of the Hood and what her crew must have gone through. As the sun rose in the East behind leaden skies the English ships seemed to rise in the West. The new battleship King George the Fifth and the older Rodney were closing in. Soon their 14 and 16 inch shells would turn the Bismarck into a floating funeral pyre. With it the pride of Germany and any thoughts of the German Navy venturing into the Atlantic were slipping beneath the waves to a watery grave 2,616 fathoms below the sea’s surface. Melville couldn’t have written a better sea tale. It’s a story of honor, courage, fate and luck that played out in such a way as to be the most famous legend of the life and death of a ship of war ever to be told.

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Wow, I'm really impressed. Good work! I would really like to see this model in real. Those 2cm Flakvierlings looks awesome. Thanks for sharing.
APR 08, 2005 - 02:17 AM
You can always expect first rate work out of Mikes stuff. I would love to see some close ups as well, especially since I plan to do this one for my Dreadnaught campaign. His rigging is exquisite.
APR 08, 2005 - 07:28 AM
Dang, that's one nice looking model. It lives up to the often claimed, but not always seen, "museum quality." Then I saw Mike's bio saying he build models professionally. You can tell. I have one comment, or question. The side camo looks like a photo I've seen of th Bismark where the black and white stripes were painted over for the Atlantic mission, and were basically showing through the paint. At that time the fore and aft swastikas were also painted out. I feel like I'm trying to teach my grandmother to suck eggs but is this paint job strictly accurate?
APR 08, 2005 - 07:48 AM
I think the swaztikas were covered with a canvas. The fact that they're clearly visible on the wreck lead me to this conclusion. Still could be wrong.
APR 08, 2005 - 11:10 AM
I believe that is correct in regards to their being covered with a canvas. I'm sorry, by the way Mike, you never cease to amaze me with your ships. Truly. I noted that you brought up the swastika issue. I've always wondered about that, I thought perhaps that they were red and the gray question emerged after the relocation of the Bismarck. Afterall, at the time, at least to me, it stood to reason that they would appear gray since red light is absorbed at those depths and that in order for the red to be visable that they would need to be so many feet away with the flood lights or cameras to reflect the red. Anyway, I was just curious as to where this question arose.
APR 08, 2005 - 11:38 AM
Hello Mike Although I edited and published the article I din't had the chace to say: Congrarulations on the model and on the article! A+ work and writing!! It was a joy working on it, and it really made me would like to see the model "in person" Thanks for dedicating it to Garry Keep'm commin' (models and articles) Skipper
APR 08, 2005 - 01:07 PM
Fantastic! The Bismark is right up therewith my favorite ships. Great job. Thanks for sharing!
SEP 24, 2007 - 12:17 PM