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Schwerer Kreuzer Prinz Eugen
Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser

This page (and the ship) still under construction

The Ship, (a brief history)
Named after Prince Eugene of Savoy, an 18th-century Austrian general, Prinz Eugen was the third of five ships of the Hipper Class.
The Ship was commissioned in August 1940 And saw it's first action during the Battle of the Denmark Straits during Operation Rheinübung. After the Engagement with the HMS Hood and Prince of Wales, Prinz Eugen was detached to raid Allied merchant shipping, but he was forced to return to port with engine troubles.

Prinz Eugen put into the Port of Brest for repairs and after repeated attacks by the Royal Air Force, was forced to return to Germany in Early February 1942 along with the Battle Cruisers Gneisenau and Scharnhorst during Operation Cerberus, the infamous daylight dash through the English Channel.

A week after his return from France, Prinz Eugen, along with the heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer and several Destroyer sailed to Norway. Two days after arriving In Trondheim Norway, Prinz Eugen was torpedoed by the British submarine Trident causing serious damage to the stern. In May, after emergency repairs which required the entire stern to be cut away and plated over and two jury-rigged rudders installed, Prinz Eugen returned to Kiel. After being out of service for repairs until late October the ship was then occupied with lengthy trials in the Baltic.

In early January 1943, the Kriegsmarine ordered Prinz Eugen, along with Scharnhorst to return to Norway to reinforce the warships stationed there, but after being spotted British surveillance aircraft on two occasions the Ship was assigned to the training Squdron cruising the Baltic with Cadets
The ship was reassigned to combat duty in October 1943 bombarding Russian troops in support of German troops along the Baltic coast.

During the summer of 1944, Prinz Eugen along with Panzerschiffe Lützow operated in support of the German withdrawal from Finland . In October 1944, as Prinz Eugen was returning to Gotehafen he collided with the Light Cruiser Leipzig in heavy fog nearly slicing the ship in two. Prinz Eugen was taken to Gotenhafen where it spent the next month under repair. The ship was used to evacuate troops and for shore bombardment for the remainder of the war
Prinz Eugen finally surrendered to the British at Copenhagen in May 1945

In December 1945 Prinz Eugen was handed over to the Americans as a war prize. after extensive examination and testing, the ship was towed to the Pacific
In July 1946, it survived two nuclear tests in Bikini Atoll with only minor damage but was heavily contaminated from the fallout. The ship was later towed to Kwajalein Atoll, where a small unrepaired leak eventually caused it to capsize on 22 December 1946.

Laid down: April 23, 1936
Launched: August 22, 1938
Commissioned August 1, 1940
Displacement: 18,750 tons
Length: 697 ft
Beam: 71 ft
Draft: 24 ft
Speed: 32 knots
Range: 8,000 nmi at 19 knots
Complement: 1,700+
Armament: 8 x 20.3 cm SK C/34 naval gun
12 × 10.5 cm C/33 guns
12 × 3.7 cm C/30 guns
8 × 2 cm FlaK guns
12 × 53.3 cm (21 in) torpedo tubes
 
Aircraft 3 - Arado Ar 196
Sister Ships Admiral Hipper
Blücher
Lützow *
Seydlitz**
*  sold incomplete to Soviet Union
** never completed, converted to Aircraft Carrier


Construction:
Hull/Main Cabin


  As usual the portholes are drilled out. I've also drilled out some of the doors and added PE doors in a open position


Forward Superstructure
 
As usual with plastic, the kit masts are a little on the flimsy side and the slightest tension will bend them. The new masts are scratch built from a tapered brass rod with a .020 brass yardarm. both pieces are notched for fit and alignment. The photo etch yard arms on the conning tower are re-inforced with .010 guitar wire.
Rigging is #100 silk in Black & Tan.
 
 

Aft Superstructure
This area also include the aircraft hangar and catapult. Pretty straight forward
           
Mainmast
Again.. The kit parts are a little on the flimsy side and tend to warp when you start adding and stretching the rigging.
This mast is made from a piece of tapered brass and 3/32nd brass tube. The tapered rod was put in through the tube from the bottom using the taper to lock it in place. The spars are made from various sizes if guitar wire epoxied into notches on the mast
 
Cranes

There were cranes in the PE set but I really didn't care for them.
The base of the arm was substantially wider than the mounting point on the crane base and looked like they would have extended out to or past the handrails.
The rest of the PE for the crane fit like a glove. The cables actually fit the kit parts better than the PE cranes

           
 
Armament
20.3 cm Main Guns
I've become spoiled by Brass Barrels, relatively inexpensive and look alot better than drilling them out and hoping the wholes are centered. I prefer to drill and mount the new barrels before cutting off the plastic ones. Other than that, pretty straight forward. the PE kit did not include turret details that I could locate and the I got lazy and didn't replace the ladders
Added PE to the turret top AA gun mounts.
           
105mm flak
37mm flak
Mostly kit parts with Brass barrels from Model Master
           
20mm Flak-Vierling C35


Even though I'm not done yet.....
Since this kit has been on the market for several years now, there are already several reviews available online

This is a nice kit to build so far. It captures all the grace, beauty and power inherent in Kriegsmarine capital ships of that period, with their Atlantic "clipper" bows, gently sloping fo'c'sle to the Rounded stern.
Instructions are clear and concise, and the after market stuff I've become so addicted to fit well.
The Hull comes in the usual Trumpeter style, split at the waterline with a lower hull and a waterline plate. there are 9 large sprues of parts plus a couple smaller sprues containing the 108mm AA gun housings, the Float planes and 2 sheets of Photo Etch.

The White Ensign PE set is very extensive.
The fit of the parts is excellent with a couple of minor exceptions, There are handrails for the superstructure and stack which I regretfully didn't use.
Included in this set are parts to back date this kit to several earlier configurations.
There are railings for specific areas of the ship including the railings for the graceful upswept "Clipper" bow

On the downside,
There are incline ladders in the PE set (#56) that appear to be a couple of rungs short for their placement on either side of the turrets.
I would have liked to have seen parts for the S-boat that comes with the kit included in both the photo etch set and wood deck set. They might be there but I just haven't found them yet.

Bone Head section.
I had intended to put the handrails on the stack but chose not to since I didn't have them for the superstructure as well. Had I looked a little closer at the PE, there they were, on the other sheet next to the anchor chain.
There were several other areas I didn't notice until I looked at the photo's and were too late to correct. A mold mark, a joint that needed to be filled, a part that looked straight to the naked eye.
The 20mm barrels fell off and disappeared in a few spots so I'll need a better way to adhere these if I use them in the future.


Products used in construction

This ship is painted Hellgrau RAL7001 K50 overall with RLM66 Schwarzgrau over the black boot top.
and the steel decks

White Ensign Models
35124 Prinz Eugen Detail Set

Tom's Modelworks
3571 German Naval Doors
3574 German Port Holes & Scuttles

Master Model
SM-350-043 Prinz Eugen Armament Set
SM-350-045 37mm/83 SKC/Barrels
SM-350-090 Tapered Mast set

Veteran Models Flack Guns
VT35057 Kriegsmarine 20mm Flak-Vierling C35

ArtWox
AW10077 Deck for Trumpeter DKM Prinz Eugen

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Last Updated January 14, 2018