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Light Cruiser SMS Emden

S.M.S. Emden is probably one of the most famous cruisers in naval history. This wonderful model reflects this with his countless details and S.M.S. Emden in this grey version from 1914 is certainly a highlight in every model collection.

Scale: 1:250
Designer: Peter Brandt
Skill Level: very difficult
Parts: 949 (including optional parts: 1169)
Length: 477 mm (18.78 inch)
Instruction: German, English, Illustrations
Format: DIN A4
Sheets: 8
Item no.: 3051
Edition: 2nd Edition 2011

The model highlights:

  • precise and original hull shape
  • interior of the bridge included
  • detailed funnels
  • casemates optional open
  • filigree masts
  • detailed cannons

After the great success of the first edition of this model the designer completely reworked the model and improved it in many ways. This grey version of the well-known cruiser comes with a two colour hull which is of course printed in true colours in HMV style. The details are simply amazing and building this model is really fun.

The original is already stuffed with so many details and a beautiful and nicely shaped hull that converting this into a model poses a challenge but means nonetheless pure enjoyment when building the model. The open and detailed bridge with interior is of course as interesting as the alternatively open buildable casemate guns. With the optional Lasercut Set the level of details can be pushed even a bit further. At the same time building this extraordinary model gets a bit easier, too. One of the big challenges with S.M.S. Emden is definitely the rigging. Which is why we recommend to take some extra time to finish this last step of the build.

Technical data:

  • launching: Emden: 26.5.1908 as replacement for Pfeil
  • shipyard: Kaiserliche Werft Danzig
  • commissioning: Emden: 1.4.1910
  • length: 118.30 m
  • width: 13.50 m
  • displacement: 4,268 t
  • engines: triple-expansion engines
  • weapons: 10 automatic cannons, 10.5 cm, 8 automatic cannons 5.2 cm, 2 torpedotubes
  • classification: Light Cruiser
  • lead ship: S.M.S. Dresden
  • crew: 18 officers und 343 seaman

In November 1906 the construction of Emden in Gdansk began. Launch should be in May 1908. Even though the work on her sister Dresden began in 1907, she was delivered eight month earlier than Emden. So the class was named after Dresden. Emdens trial run started 10th of July 1909. After four weeks the trials had to be interrupted because Emden had to take part in a maneuver and then served as convoying ship for Hohenzollern. After that she was integrated into the cruiser squadron in eastern Asia.

On November 9th, 1914 Emden met the Australian cruiser HMAS Sydney which finally beached her at North Keeling Island. The achievements of cruiser Emden were outstanding and therefore the surviving crew members were allowed to suffix the word “Emden” to their names.

HMV Lasercut Sets are especially designed for a particular HMV model as an additional but optional detail set. The laser cut parts replace parts of the original kit with more filigree and already cut out versions. Sometimes additional parts are included as well. Building your model with a Lasercut Set is easier and more detailed at the same time. But the Lasercut Set is not necessarily needed to build the model.

The material we use is high quality and already coloured paper. Thus it is not necessary to paint the laser cut parts. We recommend though to colour white parts before using them, as during the laser process burn marks might occur.

Lasercut Set
Item no.: 4051

  • fine anchor chains
  • multi-part steering wheels
  • filigree deck parts
  • golden propeller parts
  • davits and life boat mounts
  • ladders for the masts
  • 24 footropes around the funnels
  • step irons
Model built by Horst Lücke
Model shown is SMS Dresden, which was available only in a previous Version of the model.

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