Kagero 3D Super Drawings SMS Blucher

This book is all about computer rendered images of SMS Blucher. There are 6 pages giving some background to the ship which covers technical details and a history of the ship in service up to her sinking at the Battle of Dogger Bank. There is also an A2 sized sheet of paper (4 x the size of a normal page) that has a set of 1/350 scale plans. Both sides of the paper are used and one side gives views from above and the port side and the other side of the sheet gives hull contours looking aft to forward. These diagrams give a lot of detail and you can work out the full rigging of the ship. You could probably scratch build the complete ship from these drawings.

The bulk of the book, some 77 pages, is covered in computer-generated images of the ship going into a lot of detail. The whole ship is covered from stem to stern and includes interior details in places too.

  • Super Drawings in 3D 65 – The German Armoured Cruiser SMS Blücher
  • Marsden Samuel, Wolfgang Bohlayer
  • ISBN 978-83-951575-7-8
  • 92 pages
  • 166 renders
  • double-sided A2 sheet with modeling plans

The SMS Blücher was the last armoured cruiser built by the German Empire. She was constructed to counter the new armoured cruisers rumoured as being built by the British. Blücher was larger than preceding armoured cruisers and carried heavier guns but was unable to match the size and armament of the battlecruisers which replaced armoured cruisers in the British Royal Navy and – later – the Imperial German Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). When the Germans learned of the true details of these new British ships, called Invincible class, and that they were to be armoured with 12″ battleship guns, they realized that the Invincible class was a completely new type of warship, soon to be known as battlecruisers. By the time the Germans learned of this, it was too late to turn back and construction of the Blücher took place as scheduled. The ship was named after the Prussian Field Marshal Gebhard von Blücher, the commander of the Prussian forces at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Highly recommended for modellers who have a kit of the SMS BLucher in their stash, especially if it is in 1/350 scale.
Kagero is available direct from the publisher here for about US$38.00.

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Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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