Flyhawk 1/700 Flyhawk Konigsberg – Deluxe Version
Königsberg was a German light cruiser that was operated between 1929 and April 1940, including service in World War II. She was the lead vessel of her class and was operated by two German navies, the Reichsmarine and the Kriegsmarine. She had two sister ships, Karlsruhe and Köln. Königsberg was built by the Kriegsmarinewerft in Wilhelmshaven; she was laid down in April 1926, launched in March 1927, and commissioned into the Reichsmarine in April 1929. She was armed with a main battery of nine 15 cm SK C/25 guns in three triple turrets and had a top speed of 32 knots.
Königsberg served as a training ship for naval cadets throughout the 1930s and joined the non-intervention patrols during the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. After the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, she laid defensive minefields in the North Sea and then participated in Operation Weserübung, the invasion of Norway in April 1940. While attacking Bergen, she was badly damaged by Norwegian coastal artillery and sunk by British bombers the following day in the harbour. The wreck was eventually raised in 1942 and broken up for scrap the following year.
More information available about her here:
I think this is the first 1/700 Konigsberg in plastic. I can find a 1/700 kit in resin by Samek Models and that’s about it. The Konigsberg and her sister ships have not been well served in plastic or resin.
The kit comes with a top opening box and it is quite sturdy. The exterior of the box shows the already released HMS Legion and the Scharnhorst. This is the first time I’ve seen the Scharnhorst on a box so it should be with us reasonably soon. Inside the box, all the plastic parts are bagged and the parts of the hull, including the 2 deck parts, are all wrapped up in foam. In this deluxe version, there is also another bag containing 3 PE frets, brass rod and brass barrels, all attached to a cardboard sheet. Inside the box we have:
- 1 long, colour instruction sheet
- 1 small decal sheet with decals for 4 ships
- 265 plastic parts on 16 frets
- 8 separate parts
- 1 metal base plate
- 254 PE parts on 3 frets for the deluxe version
- several brass rods
- 9 brass barrels for the deluxe version
The level of detail in this kit is up to Flyhawk’s usual exceptional standards. The sprues with the finer parts have raised edges so the delicate parts are off the table when the sprue is laid down. Attachment points are small and ejector pin marks are out of the way. There is lots of fine detail on the parts The ship is built in 9 steps and the instructions cover the basic kit and there’s an extra sheet in the special edition PE bag to show you where the extra PE for the deluxe version of the kit should be used.
The colour scheme is shown in colour and the paints are called out by name and Mr. Hobby, Tamiya and WEM colour ranges. The views are clear and it will be easy to paint her from the information given. There is a masking set for this ship and the PE sheets are also available separately. The small decal sheet has the ship’s ensign and markings for the Ar-196. The swastikas are in parts, even on the 1/700 Ar-196. There are also decals for the 6 Blackburn Skuas.
This kit is currently a future release at Hobby Search for approximately $54.00 for the basic kit and $104.00 for the deluxe edition reviewed here. I suspect these prices will come down as the kit is released.
This kit should do well for a couple of reasons. Firstly it’s an excellent kit in its own right with an impressive level of detail on the 260+ parts of the basic kit and even more detail when you use the 250+ PE parts of the deluxe kit. Secondly, it’s the first time anyone has done a plastic 1/700 Konigsberg so that will make it very popular among builders of WW2 Kriegsmarine kits.
Many thanks to Flyhawk for sending along the kit for review.