The German battleship KMS Bismarck was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built for Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the primary force behind the unification of Germany in 1871, the ship was built at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg in July 1936 and launched in February 1939. Work on the ship was completed in August 1940, and she was commissioned into the German fleet. KMS Bismarck and her sister ship KMS Tirpitz were the largest battleships ever built by any European power. The German battleship, KMS Bismarck, was the largest, most powerfully built battleship in the 1940 era. It was one of the most fearful, famous super battleship of the 20th Century, responsible for the sinking of many merchant ships in the North Atlantic. Packed with an array of huge guns and armour, the KMS Bismarck was noted by its massive batteries of 15" guns. Eight of these were positioned in heavily armoured turrents, with two guns to each turrent.
When I was a teenager, my favorite past time hobby was the building of plastic model World War II aircrafts, particularly, the P-51 Mustang, Messerschmitt Me 209, Supermarine Spitfire and the B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. Much later on, I started building on model plastic world war II ships, particularly the USS Missouri, and the KMS Bismarck. But there was something missing about these ships. They looked, small, plastic and without character. I always wanted to build one from wood. After much searching on the internet, I came across various ideas about building the battleship the KMS Bismarck. Then, I found a shop in England who sells complete kits of the KMS Bismarck. These kits contained laser cut pieces of parts of the ship. Much like the plastic models, but they came with complete diagrams and history of the KMS Bismarck. I fell in love with it. After painstakingly waiting for the arrival parts and pieces with an enormous cost in shipping from England, I had finally decided to try and find a source in Canada instead. But much to my disappointment, there were none. The frustrations, and the wasted time and money spent on continuing on with this made me realize that I had but no choice but to relive the builiding of the KMS Bismark from the old blueprints I purchased over 5 years ago. With the half built ship on hand, I used it as a prototype for the design of a bigger ship which is now twice its original size. I pulled out blueprints of a 66 1/2 inches KDM Bismarck, and got to work.
It was difficult trying to capture the entire ship with an Ipad Mini. But after several attempts, I have managed to take the above shot. The shot taken above is a representation of the KMS Bismarck, machine pen drawn image of the top and side view, with accuracy to detailing every deck, armourments and structure.
I have five of these blueprints. Each one, representing a unique section and or a piece or a part of the Bismarck. The first Blueprint # 001,displays a pen drawing detail view of the ship from the top and from the side.
The second Blueprint # 002, displays a pen drawing detailed view of the hull, both inside and out, the construction of the ribs, looking from the back and front of the ship as well as both sides of the ship. Given the number of ribs and the spacing between the ribs, I was able to ascertain the number of ribs required based on the length of the ship.
The third Blueprint # 003 displays the above two decks and the main gun turrents.
The Fourth Blueprint # 004 displays the parts of the superstruction above the decks including the funnels, masts, and equipments.
The Fifth Blueprint # 005 displays the gun turrents and its housing, lifeboats, seaplanes and other parts.
Also included above is the shot of the back of the ship, the front and back cross section and the forward section of the ship. The actual blueprints above represents the ship as is. I had to assume physical measurements using my measuring tape since there are no measuring details on the blueprints. The ship measures five feet six inches long, nine inch as the widest part of the mid section and about ten inch from the base to the deck of the ship.