Takom – 1/72 ‘Bruno’ German Battleship Bismarck Turret B – First Look
The German battleship Bismarck is one of the most recognizable ships in modern times. Nearly anyone who is a fan of naval history and that of World War 2 knows the story of the Bismarck and her first and only combat voyage. For me, it was growing up and waiting patiently for the annual showing on PBS of the movie ‘Sink the Bismarck’. I can remember having a model of her as a little kit and floating it in the tub with me. I’m pretty sure my dad snaked at least one of her turrets out of the tub drain.
Takom has built on their previously released naval weapons series by now producing a model of turret number 2 (the second from the bow) of the Bismarck in 1/72 scale. Though in a small scale, this is still a pretty big model. Fully built, it’ll be close to 2 feet in overall length.
Interestingly, the kit itself is well detailed but still a relatively simple model. Mostly this is thanks to Takom making the entire upper turret shell in one large part. The same goes for the bottom of the turret as well as a large section of the deck and mount that acts as the base. In addition, there are 5 sprues in gray, and a sheet of photoetch.
Overall, the molding is clean and crisp and exactly what you’d expect from Takom. The cannons are in two halves so a little work will be needed to not see the seam on the inside of the barrels considering the large diameter. No rifling is molded on the inside. Also included is the option to position each of the two cannons in either the lowered or fully elevated position, but no intermediate angles. The photoetch sheet mainly covers parts for the mount with some very thin photoetch for the railing so care will need to be taken attaching those parts.
The instructions are typical Takom with simple steps in a small booklet. Of course there’s five different painting options ranging from the initial scheme at the shipyard to the final ‘controversial scheme’ with the turret top painted yellow (there’s a lot of debate on whether this scheme was ever used). The color call outs are for Mig-Ammo paints. The painting scheme for the mount is overall gray with a wood color for the deck.
This kit continues Takom’s trend of taking a balanced approach to the design of this model by striving to find the right mix of complexity and ease of assembly. Personally, I like this since it doesn’t take away much in detail and makes this kit buildable for most intermediate and advanced modelers.
Highly Recommended pending full build.
My sincere thanks to Takom for the review sample.
Reviewed by Jim Wechsler, SoCal AMPS
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