Ship of the Line SMS Baden
Skill Level: very difficult
Size (LxWxH): 720x160x270 mm (28x6x10 inch)
Ship of the Line Baden was the largest ship of the German Imperial Navy. Our highly detailed model can be built either in the state of 1916 or in a later state with identifying marks on the main gun turrets. The model can be built either as a waterline model or as model with full hull.
This model certainly is a milestone in history of paper modelling. Already in the first edition S.M.S. Baden convinced with a level of detail that was so far almost unknown for a capital ship of the Imperial German Navy. Now the third edition is on the market and a lot of little improvements have been added by the author. And the model builder has now the choice to build either a waterline or a full hull model, too.
More than 1,000 parts are so called alternative parts. These parts can be built but it is not necessary. As the original our model has the mounts for torpedo nets. These were on the ship when she was commissioned but removed during her first visit of a shipyard after commissioning. S.M.S. Baden never had torpedo nets on board.
The model highlights:
- two different versions in the kit
- can be built as waterline or full hull model
- 9 lifeboats
- 8 guns, 38 cm
- 16 autocannons, 15 cm
- 5 torpedotubes, 60 cm
- including additional white sheets for reinforcing parts
|Manufacturer||HMV Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag|
|Sheet size||DIN A4|
|Parts incl. alternative parts||2097|
|Length||720 mm (28.35 inch)|
|Width||160 mm (6.3 inch)|
|Height||270 mm (10.63 inch)|
|Bauanleitung||German, English, Pictures|
- launch: 30/10/1915 at F. Schichau, Gdansk
- commissioning: 19/10/1916
- length: 180.0 m
- width: 30.0 m
- displacement: 32,000 t
- armament: 8 guns 38 cm
- 16 autocannons 15 cm
- 5 torpedo tubes 60 cm
- 8 Flak guns
- class: Ship of the line Bayern class
- sister ship: Bayern
- crew: 42 officers, 1129 seamen
Ship of the line S.M.S. Baden was launched October 10th, 1915, eight months after the lead ship of the class S.M.S. Bayern. Due to the heavy workload of the shipyard, the Baden was commissioned October 19th, 1916. The design of the Bayern class, which was partially based on the König class, all information about development of battle ship design from other navies was considered and used. For example the decision for two barrel gun turrets was based on the experience of Austria-Hungary with their Viribus Unitis class.
The gun caliber was increased from 30.5 to 38 cm and the number of 15 cm guns was increased to 16 cm. For the light artillery only 8.8 cm antiaircraft guns were used. The S.M.S. Baden was planned and designed as a flagship and therefore was equipped with an admirals bridge. March 14th, 1917 Admiral Scheer and his staff transferred from the Friedrich der Große to their new flagship S.M.S. Baden.
She was the last, biggest (32,000 t) and most modern flagship of the Kaiserliche Marine. In June 1917 the marines started to riot because of their boring and grueling duty to back up the submarine fleet.
June 21st, 1919 the German command scuttled the fleet in Scapa Flow. The flagship Baden was towed ashore by the British and they repaired her to make her floatable again. After a technical inspection the ship was used as a target ship and finally sank in August 1921 south west of Portsmouth.