by Stein Gildberg
1/100 DKM Bernd von Arnim Z-11 (Andreas Lassek Modellbau)
This is my model of the German Destroyer Z11 Bernd von Arnim.
Z11, a class 1934a destroyer, took part in the invasion of Norway in April 1940. After having sunk the Norwegian Coastal Defence Ship “Norge” April 9th and launched his part of the invasion force, he took part in the sea battles April 10th and 13tharound Narvik. After all ammunition was used up and the ship’s fuel was down to nil, the ship was scuttled by its crew in a fjord close to Narvik.
As always, my models are based upon German Kriegsmarine ships, but his time I wanted to change from plastic to a “composite” model. Also, I wanted to use a larger scale to be able to show more detail, namely 1:100. Models in 1:100 in this size are commonly made in small hand-made series. Years ago this meant that more detail could be included, but as plastic kits and production processes have evolved, this is hardly a fact any more. I finally decided to go with a kit from Modellbau Andreas Lassek (Germany).
Good 2D side and bird-view drawings were included in the kit, but it turned out that in addition to the enclosed drawings, I had to spend plenty of time on the Internet to find original pictures of the ship as lots of details were wrong or missing in the drawings.
A very important contributor has been the signature “kawa1750” in “Forum Marine Archiv” who has in said forum made available pictures and documentation of a quite similar (from different suppliers?) build of the sister ship Z10 Hans Lody, also in 1:100. Thank you Kawa!!!
The building process of the model can be found here.
Lots of time also used to create structures not included- the largest perhaps the torpedo loading devices.
A very important contributor has been the signature “kawa1750” in “Forum Marine Archiv” who has in said forum made available pictures and documentation of a quite similar (from different supplier?) build of a sister ship, the Z10 Hans Lody, also in 1:100. Thank you Kawa!!!