capital ships fan I like exotic subjects also. I've never asked myself why - I
just like all these converted cargo ships, painted grey, armed - sometimes with
a pretty strange looking superstructure. Just check out any WWI seaplane tender.
Even an Imperial Germany Navy "specialist" (me...) can find a very
wide range of interesting subjects. There are some special ships on the top of
my wish list, including seaplane tenders "Santa Elena"
and "Oswald", raiders "Wolf" and
"Mowe", minesweeper tender "Ammon"
and repair ship "
". In fact I point out that we have just two major problems – first of
all - the lack of commercially available kits of such ships. Of course it's
possible to overcome this limit - just build them from the scratch. In such case
we notice the lack of detailed documentation, profiles, camouflage schemes and
so on. But, as a fight sports fan, I like to challenge and "knock out"
any problems. The final success tastes so good in such a case.
year I finished "Santa Elena" (scratch-built of course)
and planned another model, the so called "German WWI auxiliary ships
series" - repair ship "
" and tender "Ammon". After finishing the SMS
Sachsen diorama I was still in the right mood and had and extra time, a
very rare situation in my case, for another project. I decided to save the
"Ammon" diorama for the future. It is a more complex
project, as this ship carried 12 F-boats, small minesweepers. During
construction of the "
" I tested new materials and processing. The hull is made of balsa wood
with paper sides and deck. Superstructure is of paper with scraps from numerous
photo-etch frets, masts -brass and steel rods. The rest is of brass, resin and
paper. I used several parts from commercially available photo-etch frets,
including doors and hatches, anchors with chain, railing. Rigging is super-thin
copper wire. Water is acrylic paint with varnish. A single ship in a Plexiglas
case (my usual method) looks so lonely that I decided to add company for my
". First of all - "B 98" which is a modified NNT
resin kit with lots of scratch-built details. "Strande",
a small repair ship, is a scratch-built item also. I added two boats also, taken
from my spare parts box. I used resin boats from Modelkrak
kit as a starting point. I want to call your attention to these small subjects -
both are standard German WWI long boats class 0 (Barkasse Kl. 0). Each Imperial
Navy battleship and battlecruiser carried two boats class 0, which were the
biggest in the Navy. I added sails to one boat - I think she's quite pretty.
was built by Palmers Ltd, Yarrow-on-Tyne for Hamburg Amerika Line as a
cargo ship (7,436 BRT). Her maiden voyage started 22nd March 1899 (from
). In 1907. She was converted into a passenger ship (rebuilt by Blohm
& Voss), with
accommodations for 2,500 3rd class passengers (9,683 BRT). On the
outbreak of the War she was transferred to the Navy and used as a repair
ship. Eight 8.8 cm guns were added plus two searchlights on special
platforms. In July 1917 she was disarmed. In 1922 she became the S/S
Frangestan, but her new career was rather short - in April
1924 she was destroyed by fire in the
Displacement : 18,500 t standard: Dimensions : 151.70 x 17.37 x 8.81 m
Speed : 11 knots (according to Groener)
Armament : 8 x 8,8 cm guns (older ones, not AA used during the War)
"B 98" was a second B 97 class
destroyer, built by Blohm & Voss. A very successful design and busy
ship during the War. Check out books or internet sources for more on her
Displacement : 1,374 t standard / 1,843 t maximum
Dimensions : 98.15 x 9.35 x 3.87 m; Speed : 36.5 knots
Armament : 4 x 10.5 cm guns (after refit, before - 4 x 8.8 cm), 6 TT 50
"Strande" was built by Howaldswerke AG in 1907.
She was converted into a cargo ship (100 BRT) in 1924.
Displacement : 115 t standard / 160 t maximum
Dimensions : 24.80 x 5.40 x 2.03 m
Speed : 9.5 knots
BARKASSE Kl. 0
Displacement : 4,. t standard
Dimensions : 14 x 3.60 x 1.19 m
Sails : 90.5 m2
Max. capacity : 110 - 115 men
There was also a version with an auxiliary engine – 5.6 t standard,