VeryFire 1/700 German H-Class Hutten

The H class was a series of battleship designs for Nazi Germany’s Kriegsmarine, which were intended to fulfill the requirements of Plan Z in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The first variation, “H-39,” called for six ships to be built, essentially as enlarged Bismarck-class battleships with 40.6 cm (16.0 in) guns. The initial H-39 design was improved with the H-41, H-42, H-43 and H-044 designs that increased armament calibre and displacement to a staggering 131,000 tons and 20″ guns of the H-44.

Due to the outbreak of World War II in September 1939, none of the ships were ever completed; only the first two of the “H-39” ships were laid down. What work that had been accomplished was halted; the assembled steel remained on the slipway until November 1941, when the Oberkommando der Marine ordered it be sent for scrap and used for other purposes. Contracts for the other four “H-39″ type ships had been awarded, but no work was begun on any of them before they were canceled. None of the subsequent designs progressed further than the planning stages.

The H-39 class, the subject of this kit, would have been armed with 4 twin 16″ turrets and 12 5.9” guns. The top speed would have been 30 knots and displacement 56,444 tons.

The H-39 class has been done once before in 1/700 by NNT in resin but I think that kit is going to be hard to find and pretty expensive. This is the first 1/700 H-39 in plastic.

The box is a standard top opening box but it’s sturdier than most boxes and seems to be made of thin corrugated cardboard. Things inside the box are bagged in thick polythene. Everything is well protected and nothing can move around inside the box and overall the packaging is excellent.

The box contains:

  • 8 sprues of varying sizes holding 316 parts approx
  • 6 larger parts
  • 1 PE sheet holding 36 parts approx
  • 1 small decal sheet
  • Black and white paper instruction booklet of 8 pages
  • 1 colour sheet for the painting guide and decal placement

The instructions are in a booklet of 8 pages of full-size black and white text and images. The build is on 6 of the pages and after the cover, the first page is a sprue layout and explanations of the symbols used in the build to indicate options, PE bends etc. The steps of the builds are not numbered at all but that doesn’t detract from them. The 6 pages cover:

  • Page 1. Assembling the main, secondary and 105mm turrets. Assemble the 2 Ar 196. Add the main deck to the upper hull and add the lower hull if you want to build a full hull ship. Add the rudders and propellers if you are using the lower hull.
  • Page 2. Add small details to the forward half of the ship. Build smaller AA guns and add them, and other small parts to the large central superstructure part.
  • Page 3. Assemble all the assemblies that build the main part of the superstructure including the 2 funnels.
  • Page 4. Start pulling the assemblies from page 3 together and fitting them to the large central superstructure part from page 2.
  • Page 5. Add all the remaining parts to the central superstructure.
  • Page 6. For the superstructure and main and secondary armament to the hull along with the Ar 196.

The paints are called out in Mr. Hobby, Victoriam and AK INteractive. The colour chart gives you a couple of options as to how she might have been painted, and both are basically copies of schemes employed on the Bismarck so they’re both reasonable choices for a ship that was never built

The decals sheet contains decals for both the ship and the aircraft and looks to be good quality with a minimal backing sheet.

This kit is currently available at HLI for $60.00 with free shipping and that’s as good a price as you will find. There’s a coupon code at the end of the video to get 10% off at HLI for one month after the publish date of this article.

Overall it’s a kit that should do well as firstly it’s a kit not done in plastic before. The alternative in resin is expensive and hard to find. The kit has almost 350 parts which give it a good level of detail for a 1/700 kit of this size. The detail on the plastic parts is good and it’s another good release from VeryFire.

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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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