Anyone Have/Build a 15" Gneisenau?

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Pauldoe, Jan 4, 2008.

  1. Pauldoe

    Pauldoe New Member

    Hi all:
    I'm intrigued by the JSC's 1:400 Gneisenau - with it's post-rebuild version.
    Is the hull lengthened as well as having the 15" regunning?
    If someone has one, I'd be interested in hearing from them.
  2. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Well at least Wikipedia says that's true...

    German battlecruiser Gneisenau - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Hope that helps ^^
  3. Pauldoe

    Pauldoe New Member

    Gneisenau 1945

    Thanks a lot for the info, Lex!
    Ok, got the model - it does have a lengthened hull option for the 15" gunned reconstruction of Gneisenau!
    Woohoo! Now if I can only figure out how to scale it up to 1/350...
  4. The Scharnhorst class were always very "wet" ships forward. The original straight bow was soon replaced by the sharp "Atlantic bow", but heavy seas still broke over turrets Anton and Bruno. And the inevitable wartime modifications (added anti-aircraft guns, etc.) just made the situation worse. So the installation of 15-inch gun turrets mandated a larger bow with significantly more displacement to restore lost buoyancy.
  5. Pauldoe

    Pauldoe New Member

    GNeisenau Bow

    And make it look even better!

    Here were the changes recommended:
    Re-engineer the electrical plant to meet increased power requirements
    - Reinforce the substructure for the existing barbettes for larger turrets
    - Alter ammo handling and fire control for the larger shells and guns
    - Lengthen the bow by 21 feet to add buoyancy foreward
    - Manufacture modified Bismarck-type turrets to fit the existing barbettes
    - Install the mast and hanger like Scharnhorst's, already manufactured

    - Widen the entire hull to restore draft to the designed level
    - Replace the 15cm and 105mm guns with 128mm C/41 DP twin mounts
    All but the last two were accepted.



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