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Topic review - Calling all Kreigsmarine Scharnhorst & Gneisenau fans!
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  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Kreigsmarine Scharnhorst & Gneisenau fans!  Reply with quote
This should tickle your fancy:
http://www.modelcollect.com/austratt-fo ... g-include-

One of Gneisenau's turrets land-mounted in Norway.
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Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:29 pm
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Hah, I'm hoping to visit Stevnsfortet when I go to Denmark next month!
Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:30 pm
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Some of Gneisenau's 15 cm guns are today located in Stevnsfortet, one of the fortresses built by the Danish Navy in the 1950s to defend the exists of the Baltic Sea and Copenhagen itself.

Two 15 cm twin turrets and one 15 cm single mounting are now part of the museum there:

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Gneisenau's 15 cm SK C/28 guns
Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:07 am
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Dan Banks wrote:
According to the most current information the yellow, red, blue, grey, black, turret tops and deck crosses were determined by area of operations and how far out to sea the ships were. You don’t want colorful turrets or swatztikas in the middle of the Atlantic. When SH & GN attempted to breakout the first time, they wore red. The second attempt was probably the same, once outside Luft airspace they changed to RAL7024, dark grey. At the end of the operation by the time they docked at Brest, they were yellow, and the deck crosses were back. All this was for the German Air Force that had bombed and sunk two KM destroyers in February 1940.


Thank you Dan - very interesting - it appears that "Blue on Blue" is not a modern concept!

I'll go with the yellow turret tops, although Gunze and Humbrol have discontinued the colour - I'll try mixing Tamiya Flat Yellow with some other colours and see what happens.
Post Posted: Sun May 27, 2018 9:25 am
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According to the most current information the yellow, red, blue, grey, black, turret tops and deck crosses were determined by area of operations and how far out to sea the ships were. You don’t want colorful turrets or swatztikas in the middle of the Atlantic. When SH & GN attempted to breakout the first time, they wore red. The second attempt was probably the same, once outside Luft airspace they changed to RAL7024, dark grey. At the end of the operation by the time they docked at Brest, they were yellow, and the deck crosses were back. All this was for the German Air Force that had bombed and sunk two KM destroyers in February 1940.
Post Posted: Wed May 23, 2018 5:51 pm
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1941 for operation berlin, the main & secondary turret tops would be yellow. swastika on bow & stern decks are painted over.
Post Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:14 pm
  Post subject:  Paint colours  Reply with quote
Hi All,
As someone with very limited experience of ship building, I need to ask a few questions.

I have the Dragon kit for Scharnhorst in her 1941 configuration. Interestingly, it came with no swastika decals at all - not even the separated lines, so a new set has been purchased.
The hull is complete with only a couple of minor issues, namely the crease just aft of the bow, and the deck not quite lining up with the anchorways? which I've sorted out with some putty and painted using Tamiya Hull Red and Life Colors Dunkelgrau 51, and I've decided to do the superstructure in Life Color Hellesgrau 50. I also treated myself to the Artwox wooden deck.
As the instructions leave a lot to be desired (IMO), I've also decided to build from the bottom up, rather than build all the sub assemblies then attach them to the hull having had issues with a Trumpeter kit in the past! I'll be following the excellent build that's on here too!
Now my questions (no doubt the first of many!):-
What colours do I use on the turret tops? The box art has them yellow, but I've also seen red and dark grey?
What colour should I use for the anchors?
Thank you in advance for any help
Post Posted: Wed May 16, 2018 5:41 am
  Post subject:  interesting color scheme  Reply with quote
I saw this photo on a site I regularly visit and I never have seen this scheme depicted. Can anyone comment on the colors used. The caption says it is the Gneisenau. I am not affiliated with that seller





https://www.ebay.com/itm/Foto-Kriegsmar ... Sw8BRaxJmM
Post Posted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:36 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Kreigsmarine Scharnhorst & Gneisenau fans!  Reply with quote
the 4 guns where on the stack platform in 1940.
Post Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:46 pm
  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Kreigsmarine Scharnhorst & Gneisenau fans!  Reply with quote
Just started my 1/700 Scharnhorst and decided to covert it to a 1940 appearance when she sunk the Glorious. Now, I'm not sure about the AA arrangement on the funnel platform. Were there four 20mm guns or just three 20 mm guns? The 20mm Vierling came at a later stage (in Brest I assume).

Another thing that gives me headaches are these elevating platforms on both sides of the hangar. Were these already there in 1940 or were they added later? I know these carried 20mm Vierlingsflak after Scharnhorst was modified in Brest. But what about them in 1940?

The other changes I have to do:

- open admirals bridge
- Turret A with rangefinders
- deleting the 20mm Vierlinge on Turret B and on the 15cm turrets
- deleting the torpedoes
- different radar configuration

Anything else? I plan to swap most parts with the Gneisenau kit and built the Gneisenau in her later appearance.
Post Posted: Sun Feb 25, 2018 11:22 am
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Looks like Trumpeter/Hobby Boss is doing SH & GN in 1/350. Maybe a litte simpler for the Dragon haters and a better bow!
Post Posted: Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:54 am
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I always found it a good idea to compare the unknown paints to the known ones (contrast-wise). I recall a b/w photo of the superstructure and that dark grey was just a tad lighter than the dark grey of the small band around the base of the bulkheads. That band was painted the same dark grey (RAL 7016) as the steel decks. It is just this that makes me believe that the dark superstructure was in range of RAL 7024. A "Dunkelgrau 51" is just too light, the contrast to the dark band around the base would be just too great.

With regard to "mud Grey", whatever that could be, there is only the "Schlickgrau 58" coming to my mind, which was a "petrol-proof" paint, and these paints were (intended to be) used on submarines only.


Happy painting ~ Olaf!
Post Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:30 am
  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Kreigsmarine Scharnhorst & Gneisenau fans!  Reply with quote
Thanks Dan that helps.
Post Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:52 am
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Your not going to like this but you’ve got a couple of options. Schnelboot white bow and stern with KM51 elsewhere, or the darker version, light grey bow and stern, RAL7024 elsewhere. There is a third option that the grey on middle hull and superstructure might have been the KM mudgrey, I forget the RAL number. As with many colors for the German Navy, documentation is lacking.
Post Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:24 am
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Thanks Martin I knew the book was wrong I was looking for the color of grey on the early 43 scheme I just bought the Lifecolor Kriegmarine colors and was wondering what dark grey to use.
Post Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 9:16 am
  Post subject:  Re: Camo quick question  Reply with quote
redalb2253 wrote:
Sorry about that it's the Scharnhorst book say's the two tone camo was used Light grey bow and stern and dark grey superstructure.

http://www.scharnhorst-class.dk/scharnh ... lyear.html

When sunk, Scharnhorst was wearing the disruptive scheme. Photos of the wreck confirm this. The two tone scheme was painted out earlier in 1943.

German Naval Camouflage, Volume Two is a good reference.
Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:37 am
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Sorry about that it's the Scharnhorst book say's the two tone camo was used Light grey bow and stern and dark grey superstructure.
Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:18 am
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can you elaborate a bit more about the ship? Now it is a bit of an very open question...
Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:33 am
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I have the Kagero book which states the wrong scheme at the time of her sinking, question is I have the life color sets I need to know which dark grey to use. thanks in advance
Post Posted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:38 am
  Post subject:  Re: Calling all Scharnhorst & Gneisenau (1936-1951) fans!  Reply with quote
I think wem 758 pocket battleship set has one..
http://battlefleetmodels.com/id154.html
Post Posted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 1:03 am

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