Our colleagues at the model makers‘ worksop of the museum have been busy repairing a number of 1:1250 miniatures built in the 1970s by the modeling company neptun. this bavarian company was founded in 1968 by the brother of the founder of the modeling company navis (1962). since the year 2000, both companies are united as navis-neptun modellbau. they still produce high quality ship miniatures today.
the problem with this older models from the 1970s is that the paint and the material of the masts are very sensible. to repair them without losing the original pieces demands a lot of knowledge, patience and very steady hands.
the miniature being repaired in the picture depicts the battlecruiser sms derfflinger of the german imperial navy. the ship is shown in her form between her commissioning in 1914 and the end of the battle of jutland in 1916. she survived, badly damaged, that battle and was later repaired and modified. after the end of world war i she was taken together with a big part of the remaining german high seas fleet to scapa flow by the @royalnavy
. the derfflinger was scuttled (self-destructed) together with the rest of the ships interned at scapa flow in the 21st of june 1919.
the model makers’ workshop is open for visitors on deck 1 of the museum.