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DKM Gneisenau (Tamiya Conversion)

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Martin J. Quinn shares his Tamiya conversion of the German Battlecruiser Gneisenau with us in this fine gallery of images.

The kit was modified using parts from a 1/700 Tamiya Scharnhorst to convert the Gneisenau from a 1939 to 1940 version. This meant adding the covered Admiral's bridge, different director on top of the forward superstructure and deleting the catapult from number 3 turret. Technically, the aircraft hangar should be smaller, but I didn't want to have to rescribe the deck, so I left it as is.

Clipper brass barrels were used for the 11 inch main armament, while the blast bags on the main and secondary turrets are made from Milliput (my first attempt at using this medium). The masts are made from brass rod.

The photo-etch is the very fine White Ensign set made specifically for the Scharnhorst class ships. The FuMo 22 radar atop the forward director is from Tom's Modelworks German Radar set. Rigging is ultra-thin Den fly-fishing monofilament, which looks good, but was a nightmare to attach.

The ship is painted with White Ensign colourcoats. The superstructure is Hellgrau 50, while the Hull is Dunkelgrau 2 over Dunkelgrau 51. The model depicts the Gneisenau in June 1940 at the end of Operation Juno, after she had been torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Clyde, but before her return trip to Germany.

Much thanks to Antonio Bonomi if Italy for his help in providing information about the camouflage scheme and the Gneisenau's fit during this time period.

Click here for more information on the Gneisenau!
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About the Author

About Martin J Quinn (MartinJQuinn)

Living in Northern New Jersey, USA. I have a 19 year old son in high school and a forever 9 year old daughter in heaven. I've been modeling since I was about 6 years old - my father and I put together my first model. After several builds, he had enough, while I never stopped building. ...


Well, it's far from being my prefered of Martin's work but still, this model is quite handsome!
NOV 28, 2007 - 01:15 AM
She's a beauty Martin! Great job. Gator
NOV 28, 2007 - 01:33 AM
Hey- I know him!! Martin's a good guy and a good builder. I had the pleasure of seeing this ship in person!
NOV 28, 2007 - 10:45 AM
Great job, Martin. I really like the camouflage work. Thanks for sharing
JAN 02, 2008 - 07:39 PM