Bismarck was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine.
In the course of the warship’s eight-month career under its sole commanding officer, Captain Ernst Lindemann, Bismarck conducted only one offensive operation, in May 1941, codenamed Rheinübung. The ship, along with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, was to break into the Atlantic Ocean and raid Allied shipping from North America to Great Britain. The two ships were detected several times off Scandinavia, and British naval units were deployed to block their route. At the Battle of the Denmark Strait, the iconic battlecruiser HMS Hood initially engaged Prinz Eugen, probably by mistake, while HMS Prince of Wales engaged Bismarck. In the ensuing battle, Hood was destroyed by the combined fire of Bismarck and Prinz Eugen, who then damaged Prince of Wales and forced her retreat. Bismarck suffered sufficient damage from three hits to force an end to the raiding mission.
The destruction of Hood spurred a relentless pursuit by the Royal Navy involving dozens of warships. Two days later, heading for occupied France to effect repairs, Bismarck was attacked by 16 obsolescent Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal; one scored a hit that rendered the battleship’s steering gear inoperable. In her final battle the following morning, the already-crippled Bismarck was severely damaged during a sustained engagement with two British battleships and two heavy cruisers was scuttled by her crew and sank with heavy loss of life. Most experts agree that the battle damage would have caused her to sink eventually. The wreck was located in June 1989 by Robert Ballard and has since been further surveyed by several other expeditions.
There’s lots of information available about her and here’s a couple of links to follow if you want to know more.
The 1/2000 scale is new to me but I see there are other kits of various ships by Aoshima already on the market. As for kits of the Bismarck in this scale, your only alternative is a kit from the 1970s by Heller. The ship is just under 13cm long in this scale.
The box is an end opening box, with the parts securely packaged inside. In fact, I can safely say the packaging is excellent, as you can see in the video.
So, inside the boxes we have:
- 43 plastic parts on 3 frets
- 3 larger parts.
The level of detail in this kit is up to Flyhawk’s usual exceptional standards. The sprues with the finer parts have raised edges so the delicate parts are off the table when the sprue is laid down. The layout of the sprues makes me think the Tirpitz will be coming soon.
The colour scheme is shown in colour diagrams on the box side and the paints are called out by name. There are no decals.
This kit is currently available at LuckyModel for $10.99.
This is an interesting foray into a new scale for Flyhawk and they have brought their usual attention to detail to it. The only downside for me personally is the small parts. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to Flyhawk for sending along the kit for review.