Historic Admiral Graf Spee WWII German Heavy Cruiser 40 Wooden Model Battleship Nautical Maritime Decor. The vessel was named after Admiral Maximilian von Spee, commander of the East Asia Squadron that fought the battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands, where he was killed in action, in World War I. She was laid down at the Reichsmarinewerft shipyard in Wilhelmshaven in October 1932 and completed by January 1936. Armed with six 28 cm (11 in) guns in two triple gun turrets, Admiral Graf Spee and her sisters were designed to outgun any cruiser fast enough to catch them. Their top speed of 28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph) left only a handful of ships in the Anglo-French navies able to catch them and powerful enough to sink them. Admiral Graf Spee was deployed to the South Atlantic in the weeks before the outbreak of World War II, to be positioned in merchant sea lanes once war was declared. Admiral Graf Spee inflicted heavy damage on the British ships, but she too was damaged, and was forced to put into port at Montevideo. Admiral Graf Spee was 186 meters (610 ft) long overall and had a beam of 21.65 m (71.0 ft) and a maximum draft of 7.34 m (24.1 ft).  Admiral Graf Spee was powered by four sets of MAN 9-cylinder double-acting two-stroke diesel engines.  As designed, her standard complement consisted of 33 officers and 586 enlisted men, though after 1935 this was significantly increased to 30 officers and 9211,040 sailors. Admiral Graf Spee’s primary armament was six 28 cm (11.0 in) SK C/28 guns mounted in two triple gun turrets, one forward and one aft of the superstructure. Her anti-aircraft battery originally consisted of three 8.8 cm (3.5 in) L/45 guns, though in 1935 these were replaced with six 8.8 cm L/78 guns. In 1938, the 8.8 cm guns were removed, and six 10.5 cm (4.1 in) L/65 guns, four 3.7 cm (1.5 in) guns, and ten 2 cm (0.79 in) guns were installed in their place. Admiral Graf Spee’s armored belt was 60 to 80 mm (2.4 to 3.1 in) thick; her upper deck was 17 mm (0.67 in) thick while the main armored deck was 17 to 45 mm (0.67 to 1.77 in) thick. The main battery turrets had 140 mm (5.5 in) thick faces and 80 mm thick sides.  Radar consisted of a FMG G(gO) “Seetakt” set;[a] Admiral Graf Spee was the first German warship to be equipped with radar equipment. 39.75″ (long) x 4.75″ (wide) x 12 (high). Our models are 100% hand built from scratch by skillful master craftsmen, ready to display and not from any sort of kit. We use the plank-on-frame method to build our models. The model has been made from finest woods and metals. The model is a perfect gift for home or office decoration, boat enthusiast or passionate collectors. All items are in stock when they are listed. Inventory is tracked and updated regularly. We will offer other items in similar style and quality. First and allow us the opportunity to help you and be sure we have what you\’re looking for. Packing: Items are securely packed peanuts or bubble wraps. Your satisfaction is guaranteed! The item “Admiral Graf Spee WWII German Heavy Cruiser 40 Wooden Model Battleship Nautical” is in sale since Tuesday, December 08, 2015. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Transportation\Boats & Ships\Military\Models”. The seller is “atlantisgift” and is located in Staten Island, New York. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, to all countries in Europe, to all countries in continental Asia, to Australia.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Vietnam
- Brand: SW
- MPN: BS022
- Model: Admiral Graf Spee WWII German Heavy Cruiser
- Size: 40″ (long) x 4.75″ (wide) x 12″ (high).
- Material: Wood and metal
- Constraction: plank-on-frame method