The Bismarck is perennially among the most popular ships for modelers. It has the combination of striking good looks and a short, dramatic and violent history. For years only of dated Tamiya Bismarck
kit was available in 1:350 scale. However, Revell of Germany came out with their far more detailed version several years ago. The Revell kit currently stands as the best large
Bismarck kit to buy.
ArtwoxModel has produced a wooden deck set designed specifically for the Revell 1:350 scale Bismarck.
The Artwox set for the Bismarck comes with two large wooden panels. In total, there are 23 decks and platforms for the Bismarck by Revell provided by Artwox with this set. The first panel has the
forecastle deck from cutwater to the second pair of 5.9-inch secondary gun turrets. The second largest piece one this first panel is the aft superstructure weather deck. Thirteen additional decks and
platforms are contained in this panel. The second panel is dominated by the quarterdeck from the second pair of 5.9-inch gun turrets, where it abuts the forecastle deck, to the stern. There are additional
seven decks and platforms covered in the second panel. The quality of the decks is excellent,with butt end detail and its own semi-weathered look.
All of the sets of ArtwoxModel wooden decking are designed as a sandwich with the wooden decks at the top, adhesive in the middle and thin transparent sheet at the bottom, which is removed when
the particular deck is ready for attachment with the plastic part. Unless you are hand painting all of the cast fittings, which will extend through the cut-outs from the plastic deck through the wooden
deck, it appears best to paint the plastic before attaching the deck. I have had to use a Xacto knife to score the
Artwox decks from the underside and then remove and used the scissors to clean up any
protective film remnants. It is easy to do but it does take time. Always test fit the deck first, before removing the cover and attaching to the deck.
The balance of the ArtwoxModel wooden deck set for the 1:350 scale Bismarck by Revell of Germany is the high quality of the wooden decks and platforms, provided at a very attractive price. With
23 decks and platforms and metal anchor chain thrown in, you can't go wrong.
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