Merchant Cruisers & Commerce Raiders

Merchant ships at war. Allied armed merchant cruisers, German raiders and blockage runners.
A 1/1250 scale waterline model of the German raider Kormoran in civilian disguise by Neptun number 1025.
£62.25
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Kormoran is a second hand model of the German raider of WW2 that was the only auxiliary ship to sink a major warship (HMAS Sydney). The model is by Navis Neptun, 1025sh and is in very good condition.
£32.00
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A 1/1250 scale secondhand model of KMS Michel by Navis Neptun 1026. This model is in good condition but has lost the small torpedo boat  which was present when new.
£30.00
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A 1/1250 scale waterline model of Hansa by Neptun number 1027.The model has the monogram "HF" underneath, meaning that it was mastered by Helge Fischer, one of the very best model makers in this scale.

Building in Copenhagen for the Glen Line, Hansa never broke out of German waters after being taken over. Known to the Kriegsmarine as HSK5 (II), the first ship so designated having been Pinguin. After being repatriated in 1945 she finally became the Glengarry, the originally intended name.
£50.00
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A 1/1250 scale second-hand model of Hansa a German auxiliary that was taken over when building in Denmark for Glen Line in 1940. The model is by Navis Neptun 1027 and is in good condition apart from missing the top of a derrick forward of the bridge, see photograph.
£40.00
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(Product Ref 108895)
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We'll be pleased to see this new special edition for 2019.
£70.00
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A 1/1250 scale model of Osorno as a blockade runner in 1941 by CM Miniaturen CM-P 120.
£65.00
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A 1/1250 scale metal model of Shinano Maru in the AMC guise in which she came across the Russian Baltic fleet after it's trek around the world prior to the battle of Tsushima in 1905. Patrolling off Tsushima as a mist cleared in the morning sun, Shinano Maru found herself surrounded and was lucky to escape without being fired upon. The Russians went on to savage defeat in the Straits of Tsushima.

She is recorded 1923 sold to Kinkai Yusen K.K., Tokyo, 1938 renamed Sinano Maru, 1951 scrapped Japan.

£65.50
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A 1/1200 scale second-hand metal model of Admiral Scheer by Superior Models 204G. The model is painted overall blue with wood effect painted decks and is in excellent condition, see photograph. Provenance of this model suggests to us that it is a Clydeside casting made under licence from Superior Models in the 1980s.
£30.00
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A 1/1250 scale metal model of Orion HSK-1 by Navis Neptun 1020.

Originally built for the Hamburg Amerika Line the Orion commissioned on the 9th December 1939 and sailed on 6th April 1940. Almost survived the war, not being sunk until 4th May 1945 by aircraft at Swinemunde. In an epic voyage of 510 days she had shared in the destruction or capture of 10 ships.
£52.50

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A 1/1250 scale metal model of the German commerce raider Atlantis by Navis Neptun 1021. This model is fully finished and painted, see photograph.

Originally built for Hansa Line, commissioned 19th December 1939 and sailed on 11th March 1940 for a voyage of 622 days, during which 22 ships totalling 145,697 succumbed. Atlantis was finally sunk by HMS Devonshire on 23rd november 1941. The survivors were picked up by supply ship Python, herself sunk 1st December by HMS Dorsetshire, with those now surviving rescued by German and Italian submarines.
£60.00

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(Product Ref 56004)
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A 1/1250 scale metal model of the German commerce raider Thor by Navis Neptun 1022.

Painted to a nondescript livery to disguise her German identity before the introduction of all gray by the Allies, she cruised round the world to Japan.
£50.50

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A 1/1250 scale metal model of the German commerce raider Stier by Navis Neptun 1023.

£48.00

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A 1/1250 scale waterline model of Komet by Neptun number 1024.

Rather than paint all the raiders grey, Neptun have tried to represent the disguises adopted during their cruises!
£50.00

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Michel, a 1/1250 scale waterline model by Neptun number 1026.
£50.00

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The famous supply tanker that supported German raiders and was conveying prisoners to Germany when intercepted by HMS Cossack in a Norwegian fjord! A new model in 2013 that is a welcome addition.
The model is finished with the black hull and grey upperworks worn in 1939/40 to break through the British blockade.

£62.75

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Special edition 2019 announced by Albatros - 1/1250 scale metal model of HMS Cilicia one of a handful of Armed Merchant Cruisers fitted with an aircraft catapult. 

Overall length of the model is 12.5cm. Price to be advised
£40.00

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(Product Ref 83326)
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Another excellent model from Albatros of a famous ship with a very interesting history.
£63.75

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Newly announced 2019 special edition  1/1250 scale waterline metal model of the three funnelled vessel HMS Queen of Bermuda by Albatros SM Alk122. Queen of Bermuda was converted to an armed merchant cruiser during World War 2, as modelled here, and then to a troop ship, surviving the war to be converted back to a passenger liner.

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The Queen of Bermuda was launched on the 1st September 1932 at Vickers Armstrong for the Furness Line. Scrapped in 1966 after a successful career.
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Launched on the Clyde, Scotland, in 1920 as the Tyrrhenia for the Anchor Line, a subsidiary of Cunard, the 16,243�ton, 578�foot (176�m) liner could carry 2,200 passengers in three classes and was built by William Beardmore and Company of Glasgow, Scotland. She made her maiden voyage on 19 June 1922.

Renamed Lancastria in 1924, after American passengers complained that they could not properly pronounce Tyrrhenia, she sailed scheduled routes from Liverpool to New York until 1932, and was then used as a cruise ship in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe. With the outbreak of the Second World War, she carried cargo before being requisitioned in April 1940 as a troopship, becoming the HMT Lancastria. She was first used to assist in the evacuation of troops from Norway.
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The P&O liner as a troopship when sunk by the Admiral Hipper during the Norwegian campaign in 1940.
£65.50

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One of the famous P&O "white sisters", Stratnaver served as a troopship during WW2.
£67.00

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Originally built in 1923 for Lamport & Holt, Voltaire modelled in 2009 in 1939 onwards form. Voltaire met her end on 4th April 1941 in an encounter with the German raider Thor between Trinidad and Freetown, being out ranged and outgunned. 75 lives were lost. The size of the merchant cruisers worked against them, as with little armour, it made them easy targets.
£59.00

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A 1/1250 scale model of the German repair ship Huascaran in 1943 by CM Miniaturen CM-P 72
£71.50

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A 1/1250 scale model of the KMS Memelland, a Germany armed navy tanker during WW2. The ship was built in 1936 for the Dutch shipping firm of La Corona, a subsidiary of Anglo-Saxon petroleum company and was commandeered for the German Kriegsmarine when Germany invaded Holland in 1940. The Memelland was in Kiel when WW2 ended in May 1945.
£45.50

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A 1/1250 scale model of the Italian AMC Barletta wearing the camouflage pattern from 1942. Barletta was one of 5 sisterships employed as armed merchant cruisers during the Spanish Civil War and WW2 Adriatico, Brindisi, Brioni, Zara & Barletta.
£73.00

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(Product Ref 100295)
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Rhenia Rhe171 Bantam 1944 Allied War Transport Vessel

£58.00

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(Product Ref 96945)
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New for 2014! The painted deck loads are to be attached by the purchaser.
£68.00

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In the first years of WW2 the German Kriegsmarine deployed a number of Auxiliary Cruisers, merchant ships armed with hidden naval guns, to interdict and disrupt British and allied trade around the globe. Each was a conversion and had at least five identities, the original merchant name, the prefix HSK and number given when conversion started, a Schiff number used for signal purposes and her actual name as a raider, chosen by the captain.
Short of escort at the start of the war the Royal Navy also added older naval weapons to larger British merchant ships, these Armed Merchant Cruisers providing conveys with some limited defensive firepower. Several merchant cruisers valiantly engaged far more powerful enemy warships in order to disrupt attacks on conveys and were lost in the process.