1/350 Graf Spee by Academy
This is one of my earliest big ships and it was a joy to build. Despite Academy's heavy handed molding of the finer details, I found the model to be very satisfying. I was able to replace most of them with extra/alternate parts from the Dragon Scharnhorst. I also used KA Model wood deck and PE set.
The ship is painted in what was supposedly Captain Ludensdorf's preferred scheme based in beiges and greens. .The catapult is a clear focal point. I later added a Dragon Arado 196 to it.
This set me off on a whole fleet of big vessels. I can recommend it to anyone considering a start in 1/350 scale.