|The Ship, (a brief history)|
|Named in honor of King William II of Württemberg, SMS SMS König was the first of four König Class dreadnought battleships of the Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) during World War I.
The König Class ships were involved in most of the fleet actions during the First World. Many of these operations were designed to lure the British fleet out of harbor.
Battle of Jutland May31 - June 1 1916
Operation Albion September 1917
Post War König was interned, along with the majority of the High Seas Fleet, in Scapa Flow in November 1918 following the Armistice. On 21 June 1919, the German crew scuttle the ship
|This is the first extensive kit I had built in many years, and my first experience using Photo Etch parts so it was kind of a tune-up and a testbed. The kit is pretty inexpensive at $70.00 or so including the photo etch. I was happy with the outcome in spite of the mistakes I made and my inexperience with PE, many of which I only saw after looking at photo's I took of the completed ship.
I really enjoyed this kit. It The instructions were great and there were no issues with fit.
Unfortunately I've lost my build notes and most of the photos I took during construction.
This was also a good kit for a first try with Photo Etch, It's not a difficult kit and there weren't a lot of involved modifications to the kit parts.
The instructions on the PE set were simple to follow but I did need to invest in the correct tools for bending and shaping the parts and some finer tip tweezers than the surgical tweezers I already owned.
I plan on building one of the sister ships probably the Markgraf in it's 1914 fit now that I've become comfortable with Photo Etch and other modern aftermarket parts.
Products used in construction
ICM S001, Konig German Battleship
Tom's Modelworks 3524
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