The German Heavy Cruiser Prinz Eugen accompanied the Bismarck on the
ill-fated Operation Rhine in May 1941. The cruiser was dispatched
after the battle with the Hood and Prince of Wales and was not at hand
to suffer the same fate as the Bismarck. In fact, the Prinz Eugen
survived the war entirely. She remained in Brest until the famed
“Channel Dash” - Operation Cerebus in February 1942.
Proceeding via the Panama Canal to the Pacific for atomic bomb tests, she survived an atomic explosion at Bikini 25 July 1946, and was towed to Kwajalein where she began to list significantly on 21 December. Despite an attempt to beach her, she capsized and sank 22 December 1946 on a coral reef at Enubuj, Kwajalein Atoll.
Tamiya’s new 1/700 scale waterline Prinz Eugen continues in the tradition
of last years Indianapolis kit. In short, this kit is a beauty.
You get four sprues: one with the hull, deck and flat waterline bottom,
one with the superstructure assembly, and two armaments and ancillary equipment
sprues. The kit also comes with decals for the ships crest and float
plane markings, flags, and the familiar polycaps used to help support the
deck and for use in the poseable main turrets. The kit also provides
instructions and parts to build the cruiser as she appeared with the Bismarck
or during the Channel Dash-- Operation Cerberus in February 1942 with a
different camo scheme.
Anyone wishing to get into small scale (1/700 waterline) ship modeling will find this kit a fantastic starting point. The usual Tamiya quality will ensure that fit should be a joy and the detail will impress. Though a bit pricey at $31.00 (I say pricey because you can get the Tamiya 1/350 battleships for under $50 bucks now), the fineness of the molding even on traditionally chunky parts like armored gun tubs, machine guns, and radars seems to justify the price tag. I can't wait to build this beauty!
|Editors note: Len writes the Naval Corner column over on Modeling Madness, a great general modeling site that is definitely worth a look. We look forward to seeing more of his work in the future.|