1/700 Kriegsmarine Waterline Ships (all of them!)


Waterline series model ships from Kriegsmarine (German Navy 1935-1945) at 1/700 scale: All model warships from model battleships and pocket battleships to model cruisers

 

Here we show all the available water line model war ships of the German Navy from 1935 to 1945 also known as Kriegsmarine, in particular the world war 2 ship models such as famous ones like the Bismarck Battleship and the Tirpitz Battleship. The water line series scale is 1/700 and it is provided by several manufactures: Tamiya plastic models, Hasegawa models, Fujimi models and Aoshima models among others. The following is the full list of the available model warships for sale from the above manufactures.

Model Aircraft carriers

 

The Kriegsmarine never had an operative carrier or escort carrier in spite of the efforts to build one. Although the construction of the Graf Zeppelin carrier started in 1936, she was never completed. There were several other projects such as the conversion of three passenger ships (Europa, Postdam and Gneisenau) into carriers and also there were projects and works on other cruisers captured from French Navy such as the cruiser De Grasse and the German cruiser Seydlitz aimed to transform them in escort or support carriers. However, all projects were stopped in 1943 and Kriegsmarine by following Hitler’s order focused on submarines rather than large surface ships.

 

This is one of the rare models of the Graf Zeppelin carrier by Orange.

 

Model Battleships (4)

 

The Kriegsmarine constructed and operated four modern Battleships: two from Scharnhorst-class: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau with main guns 11 inch. and two from Bismarck-class: Bismarck and Tirpitz with main guns of 15 inch.

 

Battleship Scharnhorst

 

The Battleship Scharnhorst operated with her sister, the Battleship Gneisenau, during the first years of the World War II. These operations were mainly aimed to raid British merchant shipping. The battleship Scharnhorst obtained remarkable victories during the first encounters with the enemy and sank the auxiliary cruiser HMS Rawalpindi. The Scharnhorst-class battleships also took part in the Operation Weserübung, the German invasion of Norway, in which they could engage in battle with the battlecruiser HMS Renown and sank the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious as well as her escort destroyers Acasta and Ardent. One of the records of longest-range naval gunfire in the history was obtained by the battleship Scharnhorst in this battle. In early 1943, Scharnhorst and the Bismarck-class battleship Tirpitz sailed to Norway to interdict Allied convoys to the Soviet Union. However, in this cases, the German ships were intercepted by British and in the subsequent Battle of the North Cape, the HMS Duke of York sank Scharnhorst. Only 36 men could survive out of a crew of 1,968.

Battleship Gneisenau

 

The Battleship Gneisenau participated in many operations together with her sister Scharnhorst. Gneisenau was damaged in the action in which they engaged the battlecruiser HMS Renown and sank the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious. She was later torpedoed by a British submarine, HMS Clyde, off Norway. After a successful raid in the Atlantic in 1941, Gneisenau and her sister put in at Brest, France. The two battleships were the subject of repeated bombing raids by the RAF; Gneisenau was hit several times during the raids, though she was ultimately repaired. After reaching Kiel in early February, the ship went into drydock. On the night of 26 February, the British launched an air attack on the ship; one bomb penetrated her armored deck and exploded in the forward ammunition magazine. The 28 cm guns were removed and used as shore batteries. In 1943, Hitler ordered the cessation of conversion and repairs, and on 27 March 1945, she was sunk as a blockship in Gotenhafen (Gdynia) in German-occupied Poland. She was eventually broken up for scrap in 1951.

 

Battleship Bismarck

 

The Bismarck-class battleships consisted of two vessels: Bismarck, the first one, and Tirpitz the second. These two battleships were the largest battleships ever built by Germany in the naval history, and two of the largest built by any European power. The battleship Bismarck participated in only one offensive operation, in May 1941, codenamed Rheinübung. The objective, together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, was to sail into the Atlantic Ocean and disrupt Allied shipping from America to Great Britain. However, they were soon discovered by the Royal Navy and at the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Bismarck engaged and destroyed the battlecruiser HMS Hood, the pride of the Royal Navy, and forced the battleship HMS Prince of Wales to retreat. This was a great victory of the Kriegsmarine. However, the Bismarck was also hit three times and suffered an oil leak from a ruptured tank. It is said that this oil leak was crucial to be detected again and led to her destruction. In fact, two days later, sailing close to the occupied France, Bismarck was attacked by obsolescent Fairey Swordfish biplane torpedo bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. These planes got a really lucky hit because one torpedo made the battleship’s steering gear inoperable. problem was crucial in the next battle the following morning, because the Bismarck could not change the direction and was sailing in circles being an easy target for the bombardment from a British fleet. She was finally scuttled by her crew, and sank with most of her crew. Below you can see the Birsmarck battleship designed by Aoshima, which is possibly the most popular ship among the German Navy.

Battleship Tirpitz

 

For long time the Battleship Tirpitz was based in Norway to intercept and disrupt Allied convoys to the Soviet Union. In fact, the Tirpitz acted as a fleet in being because her presence forced the British Royal Navy to retain significant naval forces in the area to contain the battleship. In September 1943, Tirpitz, along with the battleship Scharnhorst, bombarded Allied positions on Spitzbergen, the only time the ship used her main battery in an offensive role. Later, the Tirpitz was damaged in an attack by British mini-submarines and subsequently subjected to a series of large-scale air raids. On 12 November 1944, British Lancaster bombers equipped with 12,000-pound (5,400 kg) “Tallboy” bombs scored two direct hits and a near miss which caused the ship to capsize rapidly. The subsequent big explosions caused a large number of men killed (range from 950 to 1,204). After WW2, between 1948 and 1957, the wreck was broken up by a joint Norwegian and German salvage operation.

Model Battlecruisers or model Pocket Battleships

 

The Kriegsmarine had three “Pocket battleships”: the Deutschland (renamed Lützow), Admiral Scheer, and Admiral Graf Spee.

Deutschland

Admiral Scheer

 

Admiral Graf Spee

Model heavy cruisers (3)

 

The following ships were operative as heavy cruisers in the Kriegsmarine: Admiral Hipper, Blücher, and Prinz Eugen. The heavy cruisers Seydlitz, Lützow were never completed.

 

Admiral Hipper

Blücher

Prinz Eugen

 

Light Cruisers

 

The following light cruisers were also operative in the Kriegsmarine: light cruiser(CL) Emden, CL Königsberg, CL Karlsruhe, CL Köln, CL Leipzig, CL Nürnberg. The following class was not completed: three M-class cruisers.

 

Although less important than capital ships and U-boats, the Auxiliary Cruisers were immensely successful, not only in the number of enemy ships they sank, but in the resources which were tied up trying to track them down. This book tells us many details of the history and technical data of this fleet.

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The German submarine fleet (U-boats) can also be found here at 1/700 scale.

 

The information for the Imperial Japanese Navy Waterline series at 1/700 is also available here:

 

sphere Japanese Aircraft Carriers 1/700 CV , CVL and CVE (escort carriers)  (includes AS and AV ships)

sphere Japanese Battleships 1/700 BB

sphere Japanese Heavy Cruisers 1/700 CA

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