|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
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
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
As usual the portholes are drilled out. I've also drilled out some of the doors and added PE doors in a open position
|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.
This area also include the aircraft hangar and catapult. Pretty straight forward
|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
There were cranes in the PE set but I really didn't care for them.
|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.
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.
The White Ensign PE set is very extensive.
On the downside,
Bone Head section.
Products used in construction
This ship is painted Hellgrau RAL7001 K50 overall with RLM66 Schwarzgrau over the black boot top.
White Ensign Models
Veteran Models Flack Guns
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