Bismarck Class Battleships

The Ships
DKM Bismarck &: DKM Tirpitz

 

This will be an interesting project for me, I will be building both ships simutaneously and displaying them together on the same base.
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

 

DKM Bismarck

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.

 

DKM Tirpitz

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)

Master Models
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

Research materials,
Battleships of the Bismarck Class, Gerhardt Koop
Kreigsmarine, Robert C Stern
And of course... The Internet