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KM Graff Zeppelin Carrier 1/350 Scale
"Graff Zeppelin" 149.95 Kit# AC901
Unfinished WWII German
Build this model of a unique WWII Carrier.
Price 175.00 our
Launched in 1938, and measuring over a quarter of a kilometer in length, the aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin was the largest ship ever built by Nazi Germany.
She was to operate the most modern carrier aircraft in the western world, and as such was feared by Great Britain's Royal Navy.
Planned as one of four carriers, the
premature start to World War II ensured that the others never materialized,
leaving the Graf Zeppelin as Germany's sole aircraft carrier.
Afloat and 85 per cent complete as the war began, a combination of steel and manpower shortages, conspired to have the necessary work needed to complete her suspended.
Moved to the waters of occupied Poland as
protection from Allied bomber attacks, she languished there for a number of
years before the strategic importance
of such a ship was recognized and work on her once again began under direct orders from Adolf Hitler.
Considered a greater threat to British sea
power than Germany's massive twin battleships Bismarck and Tirpitz, many in the
Royal Navy had concerns that Britain's powerful
but largely aging surface fleet was ill prepared to cope with the German carrier. Surviving an attack by the RAF, she would eventually meet her end after receiving
multiple bomb and torpedo hits in an orchestrated attack by Soviet ships and aircraft.
Once on the seabed, she lay largely forgotten in post war Europe until the discovery of her wreck in June 2006, lying deep in the Baltic Sea.
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