German Heavy Cruiser Belst Boat

The Germania Belst Company from Kiel constructed the Prinz Eugen as the third and last Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruiser to be commissioned by the Kriegsmarine. Admiral Hipper Class Heavy Cruisers were characteristically larger than heavy cruisers from other countries, and the huge Prinz Eugen was elongated an additional 5 meters. With a displacement tonnage measuring at over 14,000tons this enormous German cruiser packed the firepower of four 20.3cm twin gun turrets for its main armament. In May of 1941 the Prinz Eugen participated in Operation Rheinubung to intercept trade ships in the Atlantic. On this mission she joined forces with the Battleship Bismarck to help sink the British Battle Cruiser Hood and inflict considerable damage on the British Battleship Prince of Wales. In February of 1942, the Prinz Eugen, together with the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau left their docks at Brest for Norway on an unexpected dash through the British Channel, in broad daylight. Known as Operation Cerberus, this was to be one of the riskiest, yet best prepared and best coordinated operations carried out by German forces in the Second World War. After arriving safely in German waters, Prinz Eugen was active in the strategic withdrawal from the Russian front, firing thousands of shells at encroaching Russian forces when she provided support for evacuation ships carrying German troops and civilians. One of the few German cruisers to survive World War II, the Prinz Eugen now rests in the warm waters of the Marshal Islands. After enduring two atomic bomb tests she lies capsized in the calm shallows of the Kwajelein Atoll.

Tamiya German Heavy Cruiser Belst Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/700 Scale #31805
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Scale: 1/700

  • Tamiya Product Number: 31805
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"Very good product to build"
I always enjoy building a model where the injection molding of the parts is crisp, detailed and with no overage. This went together very nicely, excellent instructions and easy to follow. Net result is a spectacular WWII German navy ship. I highly recommend this model.

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  • Tamiya presents a plastic model assembly kit of the Heavy German Battle Cruiser, Prinz Eugen.
  • 1/700 scale, total length: 303mm, total width: 31mm.
  • Equipment and armament faithfully recreated. Prinz Eugen can be assembled as it appeared in two different operations: Operation Rheinubung, 1941 and Operation Cerberus, 1942. In Operation Cerberus, Prinz Eugen was equipped with 5 additional 20mm AA-gun quadruple turrets for the "Channel Dash."
  • Every detail of the ship's form is accurately recreated down to the subtle line separating the left and right side of the ship's hull. Weaponry, searchlight, and the minutest onboard equipment are all portrayed in breathtaking detail.


Scale: 1/700

  • Tamiya Product Number: 31805


1/700 German Heavy Cruiser

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"Great lit of 1 of the Kriegsmarine's last surviving ships"
cdnmodeller (Edmonton, AB)
The German cruiser 'Prinz Eugen' was one of the few ships of the Kriegsmarine to survive the war. She would serve as a target ship for atomic bomb tests in the South Pacific after her service with the German navy. During her time she was most famous for her role in Operation 'Planned Rheinubung ', as well as the Battle of Denmark Strait. This kit is a strikingly faithful reproduction of the Prinz Eugen as she appeared during her prime. The kit comes together fairly well for the most part; however, unlike other kits by this manufacturer the hull comes in 2 pieces. This makes it a bit more difficult to fit the main deck into the hull but I tried it several times before finally getting it. Detailing is good; tweezers are essential for assembling things such as searchlight emplacements and masts. They are also essential for attaching such things as the anchors & small AA guns to the deck. This is a kit well worth getting. I would like to see production of the lesser-known German cruisers such as the Nurnberg, Koln, and Konigsberg. Recommended highly.


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