British Prince of Wales Battleship Boat

The British Battleship Prince of Wales was the second ship of the King George V class. Soon after her completion in March 1941, she was involved in the historic hunt for the German battleship Bismarck. In October she was deployed to South-East Asia to fortify the important British post of Singapore. However, her short career of a mere 9 months came to a dramatic end when intercepted by Japanese bombers in what was to be known as the "Battle of Malaya". Tamiya is proud to add the Prince of Wales as she stood during this historic naval battle to our high quality Water Line Series. Kit also features Japanese planes Type 96 "Nell" and Type 1 "Betty" attack bombers for a complete set to accurately recreate battle scene.

Tamiya British Prince of Wales Battleship Boat Plastic Model Military Ship Kit 1/700 Scale #31615
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Features :
  • Highly detailed 1/700 scale model of the Prince of Wales.
  • Overall length: 322mm
  • Fine detailed weapons, including 35.6cm L45
  • quadruple guns, dual-purpose 13.3cm twin guns and 40mm Pom-Pom guns.
  • Kit includes 1/700 scale Type 96 "Nell" (3 units) and Type 1 "Betty" (4 units) Japanese bombers.
  • Stand and base is included to depict Japanese fighter bombers in flight.
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Spotlight Review

 
"Slightly different camo scheme"
mmegee616
I used a different camo scheme than dipicted on the box and paint instructions. Was a nice ship to build, but I did not include the Japanese planes in the build as I put the ship and the Repulse in a small diorama with an E-class destroyer.

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Features

  • Highly detailed 1/700 scale model of the Prince of Wales.
  • Overall length: 322mm
  • Fine detailed weapons, including 35.6cm L45
  • quadruple guns, dual-purpose 13.3cm twin guns and 40mm Pom-Pom guns.
  • Kit includes 1/700 scale Type 96 "Nell" (3 units) and Type 1 "Betty" (4 units) Japanese bombers.
  • Stand and base is included to depict Japanese fighter bombers in flight.

Specs

  • Scale: 1:700
  • Length: 12-5/8" (322mm)
  • Width: 1-3/4" (45mm)
  • Tamiya Product Number: 31615

Includes

  • (1) Plastic Model
  • (6) Aircraft

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Reviews

  
 
"Great replica of this legendary warship"
cdnmodeller (Edmonton, AB)
This kit depicts the King George V-class battleship 'Prince of Wales', as she appeared near the end of her short career at the 'Battle of Malaya', shortly after Pearl Harbor. This is a very straightforward kit to assemble; parts detach easily from the molds and even the tiniest parts can be handled using tweezers. Smaller replicas of 'Nell' and 'Betty'-type Japanese bombers are included with wires & platforms. The planes can either be depicted with wheels down or airborne as another poster showed in the photos. You will need wire cutters or something similar to cut them for attaching the planes; I actually had to go to a model shop & show them what I was doing so they could find the right tool to use! In the end, I am more than satisfied with the result.

 
"Prince of Wales Waterline Series a Hit from TAMIYA"
smiffy93
The kit I purchased was an older one that only had a single bomber but even then flash and extra mold pieces were miniscule so it went together really well. BEWARE though as the instructions show you how to use a hot iron to melt/crimp the pins of the gun turrets underneath the deck to allow for secure fit yet allow for rotation. This is well after the instruction to glue hull to waterline base so actually impossible by this stage, TIP add base to hull late in the build. Biplane near impossible so suggest rig something like a strut to separate upper and lower wings as very difficult to keep them perfectly parallel. As stated mine was an older kit with full Japanese instructions so in places difficult to understand assembly steps and actual colors so I created my own color scheme. Using a few wood colors and short strokes managed to create a realistic looking wooden deck without the need for the aftermarket kit so pretty pleased with that. TIP #2, use guitar string/wire as a spacer between the bomber and deck of the ship to very good affect (I also use this for antenna on 1/35 scale armor model kits).

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