The ship was built at Wilhelmshaven, Germany, launched on October 3, 1936, and commissioned on January 7, 1939.
After initial service, she was modified in mid-1939, with a new mainmast located further aft and her straight bow replaced by an "Atlantic bow" to improve her seaworthiness.
However, her relatively low freeboard ensured that she was always "wet" when at heavy seas. Her armour was equal to that of a battleship and if it hadn't been for her relatively small calibre guns she would have been classified as a battleship by the British.
The German navy always classified Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as Schlachtschiffe (battleships).
These two ships, considered handsome and fast, were invariably mentioned at the same time, and are fondly remembered as being "the ugly sisters" due to the fact they prowled together, and the havoc they wrought to British shipping.
Scharnhorst's nine 280 mm (11 inch), main guns, though possessing long range and quite good armor penetration power because of their high muzzle velocity, were no match for the 380 mm (15 inch) guns of most of the battleships of her day. The choice of armament was a leftover from their original design as "enlarged pocket battleships".
If a later proposal to upgrade the main armament to six 15-inch (380 mm) guns in three twin turrets, had been implemented, Scharnhorst would have been a very formidable opponent, faster than any British capital ship and nearly as well armored. But due to priorities and constraints imposed by World War II and later the war situation, she retained her 11-inch guns throughout her career. Both Scharnhorst and her sister were designed for an extended range to allow for commerce raiding.
Ordered: 25 January 1934
Laid down: 15 June 1935
Launched: 3 October 1936
Commissioned: 7 January 1939
Fate: Sunk in the Battle of North Cape on 26 December 1943
Displacement: 31,552 tonnes (standard) 38,900 tonnes (full load)
Length: 235.4 m (772.3 ft) overall229.8 m (753.9 ft) waterline
Beam: 30 m (98.4 ft) Draft: 9.93 m (32.5 ft) at 37,500 long tons (38,100 tonnes)
Armament: 9 x 280 mm (11 inch)
12 x 150 mm (5.9 inch)
14 x 105 mm (4.1 inch)
16 x 37 mm
10 x 20 mm (later 38)
6 x 533mm (21 inch) torpedo tubes
Aircraft: 3 Arado Ar196A-3, 1 catapult
Propulsion: 3 Brown-Boveri geared turbines; 3 three-bladed propellers, 4.8 m (15.75 ft) diameter; 161,164 SHP (120.18 MW) = 33 kt
Range: 10,100 nm at 19 kt (18,700 km at 35 km/h)
Complement: 1,968 (60 officers, 1909 enlisted)
The kit is a 1:200 scale radio control working model .The kit consists of a plura hull (plastic ) with wooden decks and superstructure and set of English instructions.
Also included in our price is the running gear (props & Shafts) and the fitting set the fittings tend to be made from high quality injection moulded plastic ,Brass and steel I.E things like main armament , ready made railing , Radar, anchors, away boats Ect.
RC functions Inc: forward, backward, rudder control, motor control
Specification: Length 1170 mm Width 152 mm
Optional extras to complete
3x 385 motors 3 x Couplings 1 x Speed controller 1 x radio 2 to 6 channel 1 x main drive battery + Glues and Paint
Price: £429.00 (Including VAT at 20%) Quantity: