Pontos Models 1/350
Scharnhorst Wooden Deck

Reviewed by Sean Hert

Pontos Model's wooden upgrade deck for Dragon's 1/350 Scharnhorst kit is comprised of two pieces of laser etched wood, a set of hull depth marking decals, and metal anchor chain.

The light-color wood decks are approximately .013" thick, with regular planks laminated across the whole piece. There are a total of 17 wooden parts; main deck replacements, as well as parts for the open bridge and 01 level. These parts, as well as the deck details, are darkly laser-etched/scribed into the surfaces. A light tracing with a hobby knife is all that is necessary to free the parts. The laminated wood has a stiff plastic backing, protecting the glue layer.

A small test section was removed and placed on the underside of the deck. It adhered very well, and laid flat.


There is a set of dry transfer draft markings for the hull. (Normal waterslide decals could warp the wooden decks)

Pontos has also included some fine anchor chain.


The instructions are printed on the back and inside of the packaging insert. They are somewhat lacking in direction and detail. The back panel has some background and descriptions, and the inside fold has a diagram with part numbers and pointers to show parts and markings placement.


Replacement decks like these are growing in popularity in the model ship building hobby, and this should appeal to anyone who wants to upgrade the appearance of their Scharnhorst with real wooden decks!

Thanks to Pontos Models for the review sample. It is listed as #35012WD1 1/350 DKM Scharnhorst Wooden Deck Type 1 with a MSRP of $22.95 US.