Bismarck Class Battleships
DKM Bismarck &: DKM Tirpitz
The kits are both from Dragon, and I was fortunate enough to get the last two WEM photo etch sets from my local hobby shop
Now comes the research, and the first stop for anyone modeling the Kriegsmarine should be http://www.bismarck-class.dk and John Asmussen's camouflage schemes
Considering the short but spectaular career of this ship, there are relatively few paint schemes to choose from, so I decided to go for the full baltic stripes and the dark turret tops.
Tirpitz on the other hand had a much longer career (although with little combat action) with numerous camouflage schemes while based in Norway. I decided to go with the Early 1943 splinter camouflage with the Orange turret tops just to add a little color.
Products used in the construction
White Ensign Models
Bismark/Tirpits photo etch set (now discontinued)
Bismark/Tirpits Gun Barrel Set
Flyhawk Metal Mast sets for each ship
Photoetch sets for doors, hatches and reels from Tom's Modelworks and White Ensign Models
Battleships of the Bismarck Class, Gerhardt Koop
Kreigsmarine, Robert C Stern
And of course... The Internet