Green Sea Shipbuilding Establishment

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Green Sea is proud to present the newest member of the fleet, the 5-foot foamcore battleship GRAF SPEE. Modeled after the WW2 German Pocket Battleship, the Graf Spee is intended to compliment the Battleship Nelson which was completed at the end of September. As with the Nelson, construction was incredibly fast. Just 3 days from start to finish!

The Graf Spee is designed to compete with the Nelson in a new form of model warship "combat". In this form of combat, the battleships score points by ramming each other within set rules. Because of their light but sturdy construction and their modest running speeds, there shouldn't be too much damage.

However, it may be necessary to add a third ship to the arena to prevent stalemates. We will see when the Graf meets the Nelson for the first time in battle. The Maiden Voyage of the Graf Spee took place on the evening of November 1, 2006 at Mercado Lake in Scottsdale. She sailed for about 20 minutes. The next step is to see how the Nelson and Graf compare for performance (speed and turn rate), and I gotta say, I like the way the Graf turns! However, her prop shaft is unusually noisy. There is a heck of alot of vibration coming from that area during sailing. Nevertheless, it becomes less noticable when she's actually out there on the water, Hopefully, the Graf and the Nelson can meet for battle soon!

Barrett Hochhaus


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