DKM Prinz Eugen

Laid down in 1936, launched in 1938 and finally commissioned in 1940, she sailed with the DKM Bismarck and participated in the sinking of the HMS Hood. Fondly remembered as "the lucky ship" she was the only heavy surface unit of the Kriegsmarine to survive the war. Surrendered to the British and then turned over to the US in 1945 she was transferred to Boston and eventually on to Bikini where she unwillingly participated in atomic bomb testing in the summer of 1946. Having survived two tests the ship was again transferred to Kwajalein atoll where she finally succumbed to the stress of her life and today rest on Enubuh as can be seen in the las two photos.

DKM Prinz Eugen 1942 Line
Prinz Eugen Coat of Arms

My model of the Prinz Eugen is the Heller 1/400 scale kit, it was built using the excallent White Ensign photo etch set for the Hipper class cruisers and was finished to depict the vessel as she appeared during and after the "Channel Dash" in 1942. The line drawing above and the period photo below show the same scheme. The photo below is the ship at anchor in Norway after her stern was lost to torpedo damage from the HMS Trident.

Prinz Eugen at Drontheim
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
1/400 Prinz Eugen
Prinz Eugen today above
Prinz Eugen today Screws

 
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