German Sachsen armored corvette




The 4-unit Sachsen class laid down between 1874 and 1876 and completed between 1878 and  1883 constituted the first “modern” and homogeneous core of the German navy. The ships were repeatedly modernized and enjoyed peaceful and long careers well into the 20th century.



They were the first mastless German battleships, well into the end of the technology of the ironclad period, for they still had iron armor and single expansion machinery, though they already featured breech loading rifled ordnance. Their appearance by the time must have been impressive. With their four funnels they were nicknamed "concrete factory".  Their classification as mere corvettes is surprising. Their displacement was closer to that of the German capital ships of the time and well in excess of the displacement of foreign armored corvettes.



Vital statistics

History. Laid down: 1875; launched: 1877; completed: 1878; discarded: 1910

Dimensions: length: 98.2 m.; beam: 18.4 m.; draught: 6.5 m.; displacement: 7677 tons

Armament: 6x10,2 in. (260 mm.) in a twin barbette forward and a quadruple barbette aft with four corner positions.

Armor: iron 10 in. (254 mm.) belt and barbettes; 2  in. (50 mm.) deck.

Engines: 2 single expansion engines; 8 boilers; 5,000 hp;  13,5 knots.

Complement: 317




The model shows the Sachsen, the lead ship of the class, as built. Later modifications included raising the poop deck, erecting conning platforms fore and aft, extending the bridge above the 4-gun barbette, adding 6 88 mm. guns on top of it, covering the front barbette with light armor, replacing iron armor with cemented Krupp steel. New compound machinery increased speed by at least a knot, and also made for a better endurance. The original four funnels were reduced to one.



The model is based on a hull and selected parts from a battleship Ting Yuen manufactured by Bronco models. The rest was scratch built with plasticard, tube and brass rod. Since the Ting Yuen had the same hull shape but was slightly smaller, the actual scale is 1/360. A rescaled 1/250 card model by Hamburger Modellbaubogen Verlag was used as plan.


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