Revell 1/350 SMS Emden
Revell 1/350 SMS Emden
No one really expected things to get
out of hand like they did in World War One.
In fact it was such a surprise to the Germans that
when war was declared the Germans had a scattered force of only seventeen
cruisers to harass the British, Russians and Japanese.
The rest of the German High Seas Fleet was trapped
in port by the British Grand Fleet.
largest concentration of German ships outside of the
North Sea was
Admiral Graf von Spee’s East Asiatic Fleet at the
The British were tied up in
so she asked her ally
to take the
from the Germans and deny
a very strategic port from which they could operate from.
The Japanese landed in
27, 1914 along with a small British
The German defenders held out
for more than two months until the port fell on November 7, 1914.
As the victorious Japanese
marched into Tsingtao,
the Germans were ordered to turn there backs on the small contingent of British
in the parade since they felt that the British had the Japanese do their dirty
work and didn’t deserve their respect.
This enraged the British to the point that they
lodged a complaint with the Japanese Commander.
To which the Japanese Commander said, “Well we can’t
very well have the parade again because of that”.
was not happy with this turn of events because they felt that
had empowered the Japanese Empire.
Since shortly after the fall of
the Japanese demand territory from
and were quick to pounce on all the German Colonies north of the Equator.
At the same time
and New Zealand
were quick to jump on all the German colonies south of the Equator.
Because of this very thing
the Kaiser told all of his Ships Captains that they were to train and learn to
operate independently in the event of war.
The standing order was to inflict the maximum
distraction on the enemy at all times.
The Germans produced excellent Captains that were
superb sailors and had the instincts of pirates.
Far from neutralizing the German East Asiatic
Fleet, all it did was to make the German presence felt all over the world.
the fall of Tsingtao,
Admiral von Spee took his fleet out to start the Cruiser Campaign against the
British, Russians, Japanese and the French.
was already at sea and met up with Admiral Spee’s Fleet.
While Admiral Spee wanted to
keep the fleet together he let Captain Karl von Muller take the
into the Indian Ocean
to harass the British
She disguised herself by
adding a fourth funnel and so looked somewhat like a British cruiser.
helped her slip past British picket ships, allowing her to began to pray on
unarmed and unescorted Allied shipping.
captured seventeen ships, all British except for two which were neutrals and
Captain Muller became famous
for making sure that all passengers and crew were safely off the ships before
He noted that “the British were quick to retrieve all their
whisky, not wanting to share it with the fishes”.
14, 1914 Captain Karl von Muller
single-handedly shut down all British on the Colombo-Singapore rout.
This had dire consequence since
this caused great panic among the British and Allied shipping offices in the
Insurance prices for merchant ships went through the roof and no captains would
attempt to leave port. To say the least this was very embarrassing to the
British and the other Allies that a single German cruiser could effectively shut
down the entire Indian Ocean.
On 22 September the S.M.S. Emden
silently steamed towards the
She opened fire on the oil storage tanks of the
Burma Oil Company setting them on fire.
She then turned her attention to some of the
merchant ships anchored in the harbor.
turned out to sea as the shore batteries began to open up on her. All to no
effect as she fired 125 rounds without a scratch.
Dawn of the 23rd
saw the Emden
one hundred miles out to sea and as the crew looked at the coming dawn they
could still see the fires of
Madras lighting up the sky
like an eerie sunset.
The terror and confusion caused
thousands of people to flee
Madras and even though the
damage was slight the blow to British moral was tremendous.
To this day an obnoxious and
street smart person is called an ‘emden’
in the Tamil language.
25 and 29 September Emden
sunk another six ships while being chased by HMS Hampshire and IJN Chikuma.
After slipping away from her
would be attackers Emden
sank another ten ships in October.
Now the allies made their main
thrust in the Pacific the sinking of the
The British sent HMS Yarmoth the Russians sent the
Askold and the IJN sent the Tokiwa and Yakumo to reinforce the IJN Chikuma and
the Russian cruiser Zemchug that were already patrolling around the Bay of
This was not to stop Captain
On the morning of October 28th
at full speed.
After entering the harbor she raised the German flag
and fired a torpedo at the Russian Cruiser Zemchug.
She then fired a gun salvo
followed up by a second torpedo that sent the Zemchug to the bottom as the
turned to make her escape.
left the harbor she was followed by the French destroyer Mousquet.
turned and quickly sank her.
The Mouquet’s sister ships the
Pistolet and Fronde attempted to follow the
but soon lost contact.
Now the Light Cruiser SMS
Emden was arguably the most hunted ship in the world if not of all time.
No less than sixty ships from
were actively looking for the
von Muller now took Emden
to the Cocos Islands
where he planed to destroy Eastern Telegraph Company’s wireless station at
This he hoped would cripple
communications in the Indian Ocean.
9 November 1914
Caption von Muller sent a raiding party ashore under the command of First
Lieutenant Helmuth von Mucke to destroy the station’s radio tower.
But a wireless operator was able to send out a call
The British asked von Mucke to not let the radio tower fall
on the nearby tennis courts.
While the Germans politely obliged the British the
HMAS Sydney steamed at full speed towards
Captain Muller had no choice
but leave the landing party as soon as lookouts saw the
tried to escape HMAS Sydney but could not.
In the ensuing battle both ships suffered a lot of
was hit over 100 times.
started to take on water and Captain Muller beached her on
would not sink and to allow the crew to get off as safely as possible.
At this point the
to attack a collier that had been traveling with and had been supporting
returned to the Emden
some four hours and noted that
had not taken down her flag.
did not answer Sydney’s
request that she surrender.
So she opened fire until her colors were taken down.
Out of a crew of 360, 131 were killed and 65
The survivors were interned in
until the end of the war.
Meanwhile the landing party
saw the action and began to prepare to defend the Island Since it was now
captured and in German hands.
However during the night and
with the Sydney
anchored just off shore First Lieutenant Helmuth von Mucke commandeered the
three masted schooner Ayesha and made ready to sail.
When morning came the
found that the Germans had slipped away in the night.
Over time the landing party
made it all the way back to
But that’s another story.
Australians brought several of the guns from
back for war trophies.
The hulk of the
remained where Captain Muller had grounded her until 1950 when she was cut up
I am told however that you can still find small
pieces of her inbetween the rocks and in the sand of
was sunk, four other German vessels have been given her name.
She was also awarded the Iron Cross by the Kaiser
the only other ship to be given such an honor was the U-9.
All crewmembers were given the
honor of having their sir names hyphenated with
like Franz Joseph Prince of Hohenzollern-Emden who served on the
durring this time.
The kit is packaged in the
classic Revell of Germany end opening box.
The artwork shows the
pre-war finish, with the yellow-gray upper structures that were standard for the
East Asiatic Fleet at the time.
On opening you will find two sealed bags containing the
plastic parts, the instructions, decals, paper flags and the standard orange
star holding rigging thread
The detail of the plastic
parts looks very nice.
With recessed panel lines open portholes, wood deck
detail and funnels.
The hull is in four parts since
was one of two Dresden
The only outward difference between the two vessels
is below the water line.
had two screws and the Dresden
had four screws.
was a very successful German
Cruiser and was the only German ship to survive the
of the Falklands.
At one time Revell of Germany
did produce a Dresden
but it is now out of production.
The two kits are the same
except for one parts tree that allows you to build the
four screw aft end.
If you want to build a SMS
Dresden all you need to do is cut the hull at the waterline and build it as a
waterline displayed model and you will have a
With such nice detail I would
say that all the kit really needs are some deckrails and a dummy fourth funnel
to build in wartime guise.
I think that you can get other after market stuff
but I don’t know if that is necessary to build a very nice model.
decals are printed spot on with a national flag, the nameplates and the city of
crests for the bow.
The kit also comes with a set of paper flags if you
want to really say something with the signal flags.
The instructions are printed
on clean white paper and are very clear and readable.
They are multi-lingual with color call outs that
don’t seem to show any particular paint brand.
The instructions guide the
modeler through the different paint schemes that the
wore during her service.
The pre-war finish was a gray hull with yellow-gray
upper structure and the wartime finish was all grays.
A really nice rigging diagram is included on the
last three pages.
If you want to go a step further in rigging this
model, I would look around at some photos because they show a little more
complex rigging then is in the diagrams.
Well it looks like this kit has everything that
a modeler could want.
An incredible history, lots of detail, lots of
parts, fairly simple construction and a price that is very affordable.
I think that almost anyone
could build this model and I do recommend it.
If you have not built anything but aircraft, give
this ship a try.
It is a nice change of pace, not to difficult and
you could start a small library with the books written about this ship and crew.
I myself like to build just
about anything that strikes my fancy.
This is one of them and is one of the models that I
am building right now.
Look for a full build in the future.
that Revell of Germany will rerelease the
again since all that is needed is to change one parts tree and a few decals.
You know, with a little
weight in the hull you could build this kit into a bathtub cruiser.
Just be careful in the tub and
watch out for the pointy parts or you may become the next victim of the
(The First World War)
by Professor Hew Strachan, now on DVD and it can
also be seen as a ten part series on the Military Channel
(The Last Cruise
of the Emden)
by Edwin P. Hoyt Lyons Press
by R.K. Lochner. Naval Institute Press
by John Walter. Naval Institute Press
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