German Z Class Z37-39 Destroyer Boats

Assemble the German Naval Destroyers Z37 & Z39 with this 1:700 Scale Plastic Model Kit from the Tamiya Water Line Series. Suitable for Ages 14 & Older.

Tamiya German Z Class Z37-39 Destroyer Boats Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/700 Scale #31908
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Specifications :
  • Scale: 1:700
  • Length: 7-3/16" (183mm)
  • Width: 11/16" (18mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 31908
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"Good Ships"
This kit was fun and easy to build, and I'm looking forward to picking a few more up.

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  • Accurate reproductions of the German Navy's leading Z Class destroyers of WWII, the 1936A Mobilization Type (Z37-39).
  • Nicely crafted, waterline version hulls with embossed deck details.
  • Detailed front AA gun decks.
  • Highly detailed bridge and superstructures.
  • Realistically molded funnels and antennae.
  • Full color German Navy flag sheet.
  • Illustrated assembly guide.


  • Scale: 1:700
  • Length: 7-3/16" (183mm)
  • Width: 11/16" (18mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 31908


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"Z-37 class"
This kit can be built in 2 forms the original build and the later anti-aircraft build which sacrifices 1 of the after gun mounts for more AA guns. The build was okay but it has a lot of tweezer work with the tiny platforms and search lights on those then mount the 2 on the mast was becoming a headache for this older modeler with my big fingers and shaky hands.I was surprised the weights these kits usual come with was missing though the space for them was still there in the hull. The kits use the weights for stability as these models weigh next to nothing and can be sent flying real easily. The kit itself has no moving parts the turrets and gun mounts, torpedo tubes are all fixed in place. The guns do not elevate so pick your pose carefully as it will be permanent. The kit is strictly water line with no decals. The flat plate on which the hull is attached didn't quite fit right and required some trimming to make a good seal. Other than that there isn't much to tell.

"2 for the price of 1 'Z' class destroyers"
cdnmodeller (Edmonton, AB)
These 2 destroyers served Germany's Kriegsmarine (navy) during 'Project Barbara' which is how they appear here. As with most of these waterline series kits, these are quite easy to build and I found kits this small could be completed in a couple of days. I am very satisfied with the results of this kit. The kit does have some tiny parts such as davits, AA guns and boats which need to be handled with tweezers, but that does not detract from the kit. Recommended.

"Back to modeling."
This was my 2nd model to build after a 40 year pause, my aging eyes and hands prompted me to get a magnifier and tweezers. This has helped. I was very happy to get two models for the low price. The ships went together well, I had few problems. I built one in each version (early and late). There weren't too many parts and I was happy with the detail, I look for ease over detail. On a further note, I actually want to build a 1934a or 1936 Z type destroyer, these are type 1936a mob. Looking at the pieces, I'm quite sure I can rearrange them some and build a ship that looks like the earlier version. I don't know how exact it will be, but for me I think it will be close enough. So, I'm going buying this kit again and make some modifications to the build, so the final ships looks more like a type 1936 destroyer.

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