An accurate scale model of the German Navy's battleship
Bismarck in a 1:150 scale. The Bismarck is beautifully detailed and unmatched
in the industry. The Graupner Bismarck is one of our Premium Line of historical
ships that will not disappoint you. Arriving Almost Ready to Run, the
motors and rudder servo are already placed, and only the radio and electrical
system need be installed before the boat is water-ready. For reliability,
performance, further telemetry and model-specific function expansion we highly
recommend a Graupner radio such as the mc-16 or mz-12 PRO.
The Graupner Premium Line ships are carefully handcrafted
and assembled using CNC processing to replicate the model as originally as
possible. The hull is made from molded GRP complemented by the superstructure
and deck which are constructed from laser-cut ABS parts. Many of the small
items are made from metal, and almost everything is factory-assembled. The
hull, parts of the superstructure, the masts and fittings are spray painted
using semi-matt paints. Decals are already applied. With so many details and
scale fittings, the Premium Line ships all have an impressive scale appearance.
Bismarck was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built
for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Named after Chancellor Otto
von Bismarck, the ship was laid down at the Blohm
& Voss shipyard in Hamburg in
July 1936 and launched in February 1939. Work was completed in August 1940,
when she was commissioned into the German fleet. Bismarck and her
sister ship Tirpitz were the largest battleships
ever built by Germany, and two of the largest built by any European power.
In the course of the warship's eight-month career under its
sole commanding officer, Captain
Ernst Lindemann, Bismarck conducted only one offensive operation,
lasting 8 days in May 1941, codenamed Rheinübung. The ship, along with the heavy
cruiser Prinz Eugen, was to break into the
Atlantic Ocean and raid Allied shipping from North America to Great Britain.
The two ships were detected several times off Scandinavia, and British naval
units were deployed to block their route. At the Battle of the Denmark Strait,
the battlecruiser HMS Hood initially
engaged Prinz Eugen, probably by mistake, while HMS Prince of Wales engaged Bismarck.
In the ensuing battle Hood was destroyed by the combined fire
of Bismarck and Prinz Eugen, who then damaged Prince of
Wales and forced her retreat. Bismarck suffered sufficient
damage from three hits to force an end to the raiding mission.
The destruction of Hood spurred a relentless
pursuit by the Royal Navy involving dozens of warships. Two days later, heading
for occupied France to effect repairs, Bismarck was
attacked by 16 obsolescent Fairey
Swordfish biplane torpedo
bombers from the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal; one scored a hit that
rendered the battleship's steering gear inoperable. In her final battle the
following morning, the already-crippled Bismarck was severely damaged
during a sustained engagement with two British battleships and two heavy
cruisers, was scuttled by her crew, and sank with heavy loss of
life. Most experts agree that the battle damage would have caused her to sink
eventually. The wreck was located in June 1989 by Robert
Ballard, and has since been further surveyed by several other expeditions.
- Almost ready-to-run (ARTR) model
- GRP hull
- Superstructure made from laser-cut ABS parts
- Decks made from laser-cut wooden parts
- Details and small parts made from metal
- Fine detailing
- Lifeboats with multi-colored paint scheme
- Semi-matt colors
- Three built-in SPEED 600 class electric motors
- Simple installation of the RC components
- Boat Stand
- Small Parts
All our Premium Line boats are carefully packaged and
visually inspected prior to leaving our warehouse. The packaging has been
drop-tested and can withstand normal freight transportation. In some cases, a
part may come lose during transportation which can be easily glued back in
place. Our Premium Line boats are insured during shipping and require a
signature upon delivery. We will not accept returns under any condition
unless the packaging shows serious damage upon arrival. If the product arrives with
major visible damage, we advise you to refuse delivery and take pictures of the
Our Premium Line ships are not always readily available and
some have long lead times. You can place yourself on the waiting list and will
be notified when the product is back in stock. If you want to secure delivery
you must pre-order the product. Pre-orders require full payment at the time of
ordering. Contact our sales department at any time for an estimated arrival
time of your boat.
Honestly bought as a Diplay Model and NOT to sail (be nice if they offered display models without the motors etc. at a few hundred dollar discount): After scouring the internet it seems Graupner's 1:150 is the Largest prebuilt Bismarck out there. It survived the cross country trip to my home in almost perfect shape (only damage was a slightly bent Stern Flagstaff and a broken stem for one of the main turrets which I was able to glue back); IMHO it is a MUSEUM QUALITY build with a very attractive and accurate paint job (tho thankfully without the huge ugly deck Swastikas). I would rate it at 95/100 (my favorite details are the rows of handrails that wind around the smokestack and the "mattress" radar aerials). However no product is perfect and I'd like to cite a few areas that could use improvement. BOTH Main + Secondary Turrets as well as the boat cranes can be turned by hand -however, although these can all be elevated it would be nice if these were friction fitted so that they could be left at a desired angle of elevation.) Also the guns do not sit perfectly in their turrets so some are slightly askew in relation to each other. It would also be nice if the twin 105 mm AA turrets could turn + elevate as well as the gun directors and seachlights but that's about all the negatives I can cite in this awesome product; definitely the centerpiece of my extensive model collection.
Reviewed by: Rob Romero from Queens NY on 10/16/2018