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Light Vessel Elbe 3

Peter Brandt designed this model of Elbe 3 already a few decades ago. He redesigned this model completely for HMV, digitalised it and brought it up to our high standards. Some major changes were necessary in order to ensure that the optional Lasercut Set can be used for this model without problems.

Scale: 1:250
Designer: Peter Brandt
Skill Level: difficult
Parts: 206 (including optional parts: 326)
Length: 195 mm (7.68 inch)
Instruction: German, English, Illustrations
Format: DIN A4
Sheets: 2
Item no.: 3318
Edition: 1st Edition 2011

The model highlights:

  • weathered decks
  • detailed anchor winch
  • filigree design of bow and aft section of the ship's hull
  • Light system in the fore mast

This model of Elbe 3 is a classic in more than one way. The original can be seen in Hamburg as part of the museum harbour Övelgönne. Peter Brandt’s model was first published by the company Jade Verlag in Wilhelmshaven back in the seventies. This new and completely redesigned edition doesn’t have much in common with the original model though.

The deck design of Elbe 3 suits a working ship and the lively graphics are in line with the full red of the ship’s hull. The design of the filigree stern was completely tested again and improved. If built correctly and preformed precisely it nestles up against the after deck and the hull without any hassle. The winch, bollards, and other details are now HMV standard and thus this model really has his place amongst the series of HMV museum ships.

Technical data:

  • shipyard: Johann Lange, Vegesack
  • launched: 1888
  • ship's class: light vessel
  • length: 45.10 m
  • width: 7.2 m
  • draught: 3.95 m
  • displacement: 612 BRT
  • engine: 6 cyl-MWM-Diesel, 300 hp 300 rpm, auxiliary engines: 2 x 2 cyl.-Deutz-Diesel each 24 hp
  • top speed: 8.8 Kn
  • crew: 14 men

This ship was built in 1888 at Johann Lange shipyard in Vegesack. As light vessel Weser I, the position was in the Weser estuary until 1966. After that she was positioned in the Elbe estuary until 1977 and named Elbe 3. In the beginning equipped with sails and without an engine she was refitted in 1936, electrified and she got her engine which works until today.

In 1979 Elbe 3 was transferred to the association “Verein Museumshafen Oevelgönne” in Hamburg as a museum ship. Since then Elbe 3 is anchored in the museum harbor Oevelgönne. She possibly is the oldest running light vessel in the world.

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.: 4318

  • filigree railing set
  • stairways
  • bulwark stays
  • anchor and anchor chains
  • life belts
  • ladders
  • supports
  • filigree gratings
  • parts for masts
  • davits

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