Trumpeter 1/700 German Heavy Cruiser Admiral Hipper 1941
- Length: 294.15mm, beam: 33mm, parts: 263 pcs
- Decals included
- Name plate included
- Waterline or full hull options
- Paint call outs for Mr Hobby, Vallejo, Model Master, Tamiya, Humbrol
- 2010 boxing of the 2009 new tooled kit
Admiral Hipper was the first of five Admiral Hipper class heavy cruisers serving in the German Navy during WWII. The ship was named after Admiral Franz von Hipper the commander of the German battlecruiser squadron during the Battle of Jutland during WWI & was launched in 1937, entering service in 1939.
Admiral Hipper saw a large amount of action during WWII, first leading the assault on Trondheim during Operation Weserubung & whilst en route sunk the British destroyer HMS Glowworm. She would operate against Allied merchant shipping in the Atlantic Ocean having some success before returning home to Germany.
In 1941 Admiral Hipper was transferred to Norway to take part in operations against convoys to the Soviet Union. On 31st December 1942 she would take part in the Battle of the Barents Sea where she sunk the destroyer Achates & the minesweeper Bramble although she would in turn receive damage from the British cruisers HMS Sheffield & Jamaica & was forced to withdraw.
Due to Adolf Hitler's disappointment with the German surface fleet Admiral Hipper was returned to Germany & decommissioned for repairs. The ship was never returned to operational status & received damage from RAF bombers in May 1945, her crew later scuttling the ship at her moorings.