I finished the König in August 2003. She was my first battleship build in 1:350 and a very important step for me as a modeller.
Although ICM’s kit is some fifteen years old now, it’s still a good kit and in one respect a better kit than recent releases from Dragon, Hasegawa, Tamiya etc.
The ships boats are very well done, especially the cutters that are made in two pieces. A lower piece for the hull and an upper piece for the gunvale and the thwarts.
None of those one piece cutters with thwarts looking like big boxes instead of the planks they really are. All other manufacturers could learn something here.
ICM should also get credit for issuing a model of a german WWI battleship. It’s still the only injection moulded kit in 1:350 of a capital german ship of that era. It’s about time the other manufacturers picked up that trail.
I intentionally abstained from weathering the model, though I did apply some washes and did some drybrushing to bring out the details.
I wanted the model to look like a smaller version of those beautiful ship models shown in the “Vom Modell zum Original” books by Koop & Schmolke.
(From the pictures in these books, it appears, that at one time, models in 1:100 of the entire german fleet of WWI and WWII were displayed at the Küstenmuseum in Wilhelmshaven. I travelled to Wilhelmshaven in June this year, to see those models, but although several great models were exhibited at the Marinemuseum and the Küstenmuseum, most of the models are stowed away somewhere. I was unable to find out where.)
I detailed the model with PE from Tom’s Modelworks. A straightforward enough PE set. The upper masts and the yardarms are made from piano wire and I rigged the model with stretched sprue. It was the last time I did that. The rigging is so fragile, that I dare not breathe on it, and with one exception, I haven’t taken the model to exhibitions.
Cleaning dust away from her is also quite scary.
I entered the König at my first ever model competition in Stockholm in April 2004, where she got two special awards; IPMS Norways award and “In memory of Jan Michols”. That was a great inspiration to me, not the least since I didn’t expect it.
The model is currently displayed at “Modellbau-Meile” Karl-Marx-Allee 138 in Berlin.
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