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Old 10-12-2018, 09:18 AM
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Hospital Ship Wilhelm Gustloff 1:250

My next project is the Wilhelm Gustloff by JSC, scale 1:250 in the version as a hospital ship. I opted for this version as not to use any swastika symbols on the funnel. I am going to depart from historic accuracy and omit the national flag this time. What disturbs me considerably are some sites on the Net that show pictures of the original ship or models. Historic sensitiveness calls for caution with Wilhelm Gustloff. Its Nazi background and history should not be part of uncommented, uncritical enthusiasm. The model and the original are PROBLEMATIC. We should bear that in mind and pay our tribute to the millionfold victims of Nazi terror. As with filmmaking, science, art, architecture, civil shipbuilding unfortunately tributed to a barbaric totalitarian system even if we consider the build not to have any war-related purposes, which some historians doubt. It is interesting and far-reaching as to the construction as a low-cost cruise ship. But for what price, we must ask ourselves. The ship was paid for by the money of streamlined and expropriated unions. As with all seemingly astonishing Nazi projects of the pre-war era, the money from the workforce and pension funds were used regardless of the future consequences to stimulate a mock economic prosperity. Without a future war and ruthless exploitation of the countries to be overrun a ship like the Gustloff would not have been possible.

That should serve as introductory comment. But now let us go to the model by JSC: as usual I have decided to build the Promenade deck equipment (in this case the hospital stuff) as well. I must check the walls and window configuration at the National German Museum of Shipping at Bremerhaven. They have deck plans (more accurate that those on the net which derive from the journal "Werft-Reederei-Hafen of 1939") and a fine model on display.
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Old 10-12-2018, 09:31 PM
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Since I am Mexican it is hard for me to fully understand the terrible ordeal of WWII, since we were involved only marginally.

On the case of the case of the Wilhelm Gustloff it was horrible, almost 10,000 casualties. The largest tragedy at sea.

But we love modeling, so out of terrible things that happen we are in awe of war machines (and collateral damages). In addition to surface ships, we also like to build submarines, like the U-boots or the notorious S-13 Soviet submarine. A remainder that they are better in paper or card than in real life.

So looking forward to your completed model.

ps and thank you to the designers and editors of card models who also provide important history lessons.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:48 PM
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whatever the politics behind these tragedies history should not be hidden to be politically correct or sensative.if they are hidden. they risk being sure your build will do the ship a great justice
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