Admiral Graf Spee was a Deutschland-class cruiser. Launched in 1934, she was named after the World War I Admiral Graf Maximilian von Spee who died, along with two of his sons, in the first Battle of the Falkland Islands on 8 December 1914. She was the second vessel to be named after him, the first being the uncompleted World War I German battlecruiser SMS Graf Spee. The launching took place on 30 June 1934 with Admiral Erich Raeder delivering a pre-launch speech, and the christening performed by Grafin Huberta von Spee, daughter of the late Vice Admiral von Spee.
Before Admiral Graf Spee was given her official name, she was referred to as Panzerschiff C and Ersatz Braunschweig, as she would be replacing the old battleship Braunschweig in the fleet inventory. She cost 82 million Reichsmark to build.
Academy plastic model kit of one of the most famous German warships of WWII, the Admiral Graf Spee Pocket Battleship. This terror of the seas sank 9 allied Merchant ships in WWI, and after massive damage by British warships on December 13, 1939 at The Battle of The River Plate in Argentina, the ships final day afloat was December 17, 1939. In traditional Academy fashion, this precisely tooled model will entice and satisfy the most fastidious ship modeler.
This 1/350 scale kit with it’s 21” hull features a fully reproduced superstructure, with finely detailed railings and weaponry. Best of all, Academy designed this kit to be built “full Hull” or “waterline” style.