This Deans Marine kit boasts the the following features:
Designed as a working radio controlled model, but with enough detail to make a nice static display model as well
Plated Glassfibre hull, with all portholes and other surface details moulded in.
The decks and superstructure comprise of computer printed Plasticard sheet, which aid the quick assembly of these items.
Bulky items such as the funnel, ships boats, and turrets etc, are Vac-formed lightweight plastic mouldings.
Hand rails and radar assemblies are in etched brass sheet
Cast white metal and resin deck fittings.
Propshaft, tube and propeller.
Full sized plan.
English building instructions with photographic and line drawing, building illustrations.
Model Length: 1320mm
Minimum Radio Control functions: 2
Number of propshafts: 2
Recommended motors: Two Deans Kondors
Recommended battery: One or Two 6v 2ah Nicad packs
This 36a class of ship were first ordered by the German Navy just after the outbreak of war, in September 1939. They differed from the previous Z23/30 class in only minor details and, were generally, a well thought out and successful design. The weapons fit, although standard when built, often changed throughout the course of the war, as repairs had to be carried out on site, and with whatever weaponry was available to hand.
Z37 was constructed at the Germania yard, Kiel, and was launched in February 1941, with a displacement of 2637 tons. Her engines produced some 70,000 ship horse power giving a speed of 36 knots. She had a fairly uneventful career, until she was attached to the 8th flotilla and sailed for western France in March 1943. She was rammed and damaged by Z32 in January 1944, but managed a tow into the port of Bordeaux. Here, here guns were landed for shore defence, but the ship was gutted by fire and lost.