|Hull Length:750mm (29.5") Beam:190mm (7.5") Scale:1/33rd|
This WW2 destroyer Erich Steinbrinck, together with the steam tug Flying Eagle and the two German armed trawlers, are from the range that was produced by Ted Radestock, and sold through his business Scale Propellers of Hoylake on Merseyside for many years. Ted gave all the moulds and production rights to Kingston Mouldings when he retired and closed his own business. The hulls are just the same, except that some are considerably improved following the replacement of worn-out moulds, and all are supplied with the same scale drawings as before. In the photo, the hull at the front is the steam tug Flying Eagle, and the hull at the rear is the WW2 German destroyer Z15 Erich Steinbrinck. The one between these two is the trawler type hull for the Hafenschutzboot and Vorpostenboot. The underwater shape is identical for both these hulls, though the topsides are different, and the two are not interchangeable.
These vessels were the German Navy WW2 equivalent of Allied Forces armed trawlers. Over 500 were built, most of them by commercial shipyards all over occupied Europe from Norway to the Black Sea, mainly between 1943 & 1945. The design employed a Maierform design for a 24 metre motorfischkutter hull. Armament fits varied greatly, depending on their role, and what was available locally at the time, but most were equipped with sonar and depth charges, and typical duties would have included coastal anti-submarine patrols, minesweeping, and all kinds of short range escort and patrol work. Many examples survived to serve in the post-war German Navy. The highly detailed scale drawings for this model are the work of Manfred Sievers.
Using more or less the same hull as the Vorpostenboot, though with different topsides, these were a type of vessel used mainly for anti-aircraft harbour and similar local defence duties by the German Navy in WW2, as a type of armed trawler. The highly detailed drawing by Manfred Sievers shows W9, an example that survived to be refitted after the War. W9 entered service with the new West German Navy, the Bundesmarine as a harbour defence vessel in 1951, but the appearance would have been little changed from the original WW2 configuration and armament fit. This would have varied considerably between individual examples, depending on what weapons were available locally at the time. Typically north European in style, this transom-sterned hull can also be used as the basis for many different non-military fishing trawlers and drifters of the same era or later.