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Trumpeter 1/200 scale "Bismarck"

By Mark Karolus
Published: August 9, 2013

The biggest battleship Germany ever built, Bismarck struck fear into the Allied powers of World War II even before it sailed for the Atlantic’s shipping lanes. Ironically, outdated British Swordfish torpedo bombers spelled the beginning of the end for the pride of the Kriegsmarine — but the debate of whether the Bismarck was ultimately sunk or scuttled continues to this day.

Trumpeter’s 1/200 scale plastic model is as much an enigma as the ship itself. This hybrid of high technology and 1960s box-scale kits induces a craving for aftermarket add-ons that would take it to the high quality the subject deserves. What’s in the massive 52" x 17" x 5" box creates an impressive model — and it could be much more.

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