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The man with the German Supermodel (Builds 30 ft. replica of Graf Spee battleship from WWII)
(Metro (U.K.) ^ | September 25, 2007

Posted on 09/25/2007 7:06:58 PM PDT by Stoat

The man with the German Supermodel
Tuesday, September 25, 2007

 

Graf Spee model

 

This scale model of World War II German battleship Admiral Graf Spee is 9m (30ft) long and weighs 320kg (700lb).

It took creator William Terra six years to build and cost £5,000. Made from wood strips and fibreglass, the Spee can reach speeds of 15mph, thanks to its 11.2Kw engine.

It also plays music by German composer Richard Wagner through an in-built stereo, said former fire officer Mr Terra, 65, from Maine, US.


TOPICS: History; Hobbies; Military/Veterans; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: admiralgrafspee; battleship; grafspee; history; maine; milhist; military; militaryhistory; model; williamterra; ww2; wwii
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More photos from when it wasn't quite complete

Ship Models - German Ships - Admiral Graf Spee - William Terra

Model build by William Terra, Maine, USA
Kit Manufacturer Scratch build
Scale 1:20
Additional Information The model is scratch build like a canoe using 2,54 - 10,16 cm (1 - 4 in) bass wood strips and then covered with fiberglass.
Estimated weight 318 kg (700 lbs).
The beam is 1,32 meter (52 in).
The length is about 9,1 meter (30 foot).
It can carry 2 persons.
The model is powered by a 15 hp (11,2 kw) outboard engine under rear gun turret.
It can sail 24 kilometer per hour (15 mph).
Furthermore the model has a music system build in.
While William Terra cruise the lakes of Maine he enjoy listen to Wagner.
The Commander-in-Chief in the photographs below is William Terra.
William Terra would like to see more models build in this scale.
Admiral Graf Spee - William Terra
The Model - Status 2002
Photographs: © John Hubbard
Photographs: © William Terra
The Model - Status 2003
Photographs: © William Terra

1 posted on 09/25/2007 7:07:04 PM PDT by Stoat
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To: Stoat

I once saw a similar model of the USS Arizona at Penns Landing in Phildelphia, except his position was more concealed than on this one.


2 posted on 09/25/2007 7:09:38 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: indcons

Military History Ping :-)


3 posted on 09/25/2007 7:09:40 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
It also plays music by German composer Richard Wagner through an in-built stereo...

Nice touch.

4 posted on 09/25/2007 7:10:27 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Stoat

FUTURE HEADLINE: Jet Ski Sinks Battleship


5 posted on 09/25/2007 7:11:25 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Stoat
Registration is ME109E, a german fighter plane.

Sure this guy's name isn't Otto?

6 posted on 09/25/2007 7:13:16 PM PDT by Doctor Raoul (Columbia = Ayatollah U.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
FUTURE HEADLINE: Jet Ski Sinks Battleship

Ach so, dat's vin ve find out dat de guns on dis boat actually shoot! Dan ist de Jet Ski kaput.

7 posted on 09/25/2007 7:16:13 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: All
Some recent FR threads on the 'slightly larger' Admiral Graf Spee   :-)

Divers recover large piece of Graf Spee (+ lots of unique Graff Spee photos)

Floating crane maneuvered near sunken World War II era German warship off Uruguay

Effort to raise battleship GRAF SPEE at mouth of Plate R. in Uruguay postponed b-c high winds.

Divers Aim To Raise The Graf Spree

8 posted on 09/25/2007 7:17:47 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Doctor Raoul
I noticed that too. I thought at first maybe the actual Graf Spee bore those markings, by some coincidence.
9 posted on 09/25/2007 7:22:43 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Stoat; 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten; 359Henrie; 6323cd; 75thOVI; Adrastus; A message; AnAmericanMother; ...

Wow!! Stoat - this thread is superb.

El Pingo going out to the list right away.


10 posted on 09/25/2007 7:24:03 PM PDT by indcons
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To: Stoat
The man with the German Supermodel

I figured this thread was going to be about Seal and Heidi Klum.

11 posted on 09/25/2007 7:34:49 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Stoat
From Wikipedia:

Immediately after the scuttling in shallow water much of the ship's superstructure remained above water level, but then over the years the wreck subsided into the muddy bottom and today only the tip of the mast remains above the surface.

The first salvage from the ship was most likely carried out by Royal Navy intelligence teams which recovered the highly advanced Seetakt radar not destroyed in the scuttling. In February, 1940 the wreck was boarded by US Navy sailors from the light cruiser USS Helena.

Seems like a pretty glaring oversight on the Captain's part.

12 posted on 09/25/2007 7:36:07 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Petronski

From what I read, the captain was Old School. In all seriousness, he may have thought that after scuttling his ship in neutral territory, stealing the radar was an ungentlemanly thing to do.


13 posted on 09/25/2007 7:43:34 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Seems to me if he could scuttle the ship he could set charges on the Seetakt gear. But then again, I’m not an old-school Prussian Kriegsmariner.


14 posted on 09/25/2007 7:45:40 PM PDT by Petronski (Congratulations Tribe! AL Central Champs)
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To: Stoat

read later


15 posted on 09/25/2007 7:47:44 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Petronski
Here's a book I'll recommend to everyone. The Last Cruise of the Emden. It's about a German light cruiser (and its Old School captain) that went tearing around the Indian Ocean during WWI.
16 posted on 09/25/2007 8:00:26 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: Doctor Raoul
I once saw a similar model of the USS Arizona at Penns Landing in Phildelphia, except his position was more concealed than on this one.

That must have been quite impressive!  If you happen to have any pictures of it, they would certainly be a welcome addition to this thread.

17 posted on 09/25/2007 8:02:08 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Petronski
It also plays music by German composer Richard Wagner through an in-built stereo...

Nice touch.

Indeed  :-)

His neighbors on the lake are probably well-versed in all of Wagner's works by now  :-)

 

18 posted on 09/25/2007 8:04:39 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Hadn’t seen this in years, wow, he’s done a great job updating the decorations on it. I saw pictures right after he finished it, but really glad to see the improvements. Man, a two-seater battleship. Wouldn’t mind taking a ride in that.
19 posted on 09/25/2007 8:08:07 PM PDT by kingu (No, I don't use sarcasm tags - it confuses people.)
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To: Doctor Raoul
FUTURE HEADLINE: Jet Ski Sinks Battleship

LMAO!

Or, "Battleship Sinks Jet Ski"

Those look awfully close to 30.06 rounds to me....they'd go through a belligerent, drunk punk on a Jet Ski faster than the Wehrmacht went through France.......

20 posted on 09/25/2007 8:12:01 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Doctor Raoul
FUTURE HEADLINE: Jet Ski Sinks Battleship

LOL

Actually I was thinking it could probably sink half the French fleet.

21 posted on 09/25/2007 8:13:49 PM PDT by A message
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To: Doctor Raoul
Registration is ME109E, a german fighter plane.

Sure this guy's name isn't Otto?

 

hehe!  Unfortunately, none of the included photos of Mr. Terra are good enough for me to get a sense of whether there is a family resemblance or not   :-)


22 posted on 09/25/2007 8:19:33 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: indcons; Stoat
Nice Target:


heh heh heh

23 posted on 09/25/2007 8:19:44 PM PDT by SmithL (I don't do Barf Alerts, you're old enough to read and decide for yourself)
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To: Stoat
1/10 scale Yamato at the Yamato Museum Kure, Japan
24 posted on 09/25/2007 8:26:32 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: 1rudeboy

That’s a great book.


25 posted on 09/25/2007 8:29:37 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: indcons
Wow!! Stoat - this thread is superb.

El Pingo going out to the list right away.

awwww....thank you so much for your very kind words....I'm delighted that you're liking it, and I hope that everyone else will also   :-)

And thank you for pinging your list as well   :-)

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26 posted on 09/25/2007 8:31:11 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: 1rudeboy

MANY moons ago I saw this film on late-night television.
As best I can recall, it was a pretty good flick, with Peter Finch
playing Capt. Langsdorff.

Too bad it’s only available in Region 2 format DVD (at least at amazon)

The Battle of the River Plate
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048990/

http://www.amazon.com/s/104-0608994-6266314?ie=UTF8&tag=imdb-adbox&index=dvd&hidden-keywords=B00004S8IT%7C%20B00008AWV8%7C%20B0000CDUX6&link%5Fcode=qs


27 posted on 09/25/2007 8:34:04 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Stoat; Professional Engineer; alfa6; SAMWolf; Mr. Silverback

Holy Cow!


28 posted on 09/25/2007 8:34:32 PM PDT by Samwise (Fred Thompson: I think the problem with crime in this country is criminals.)
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To: dfwgator
I figured this thread was going to be about Seal and Heidi Klum.
 

I'm sorry to disappoint  :-)


29 posted on 09/25/2007 8:38:54 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Petronski
From Wikipedia:

It does indeed seem strange that he didn't destroy such a valuable and secret piece of equipment....perhaps there was no time to do it?

Perhaps he thought that the scuttling of the vessel would destroy it as well?

30 posted on 09/25/2007 8:45:23 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Lots of pictures of the real version here:

http://www.deutschland-class.dk/admiral_graf_spee/gallery/gallgrafspeemontevideo.html


31 posted on 09/25/2007 8:45:30 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: kingu
Hadn’t seen this in years, wow, he’s done a great job updating the decorations on it. I saw pictures right after he finished it, but really glad to see the improvements. Man, a two-seater battleship. Wouldn’t mind taking a ride in that.

I would imagine that Mr. Terra is the most popular man in the county on hot summer days when he is out puttering around in his battleship; both among kids as well as many adults.

32 posted on 09/25/2007 8:47:42 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: SmithL
Nice Target:

LMAO!

I'm guessing that Mr. Terra's neighbors are particularly nice to him when he is out cruising in his battleship, as they have no desire to appear in his gunsights    :-)

  ((((snicker))))

33 posted on 09/25/2007 8:52:42 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: GATOR NAVY
1/10 scale Yamato at the Yamato Museum Kure, Japan

Thank you for the link.  Too bad, though, that the one photo of the model doesn't provide much detail.  It's rather strange, considering that the model is described as being 'the centerpiece' of the museum.

34 posted on 09/25/2007 9:01:35 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
Here and here are some better pictures. Too bad I can't show you the book I have from the museum. It's in Japanese but the photos of the model are spectacular.
35 posted on 09/25/2007 9:20:21 PM PDT by GATOR NAVY
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To: Stoat
So is he going to flee to South America, get beaten up by three limeys, and shoot himself now?

Seriously, though. The Admiral Graf Spee was not a battleship. It was a large cruiser given 11-inch guns. Basically, it was an redo of a concept used in pre-dreadnought armored cruisers.
The "pocket battleships" were useless accept as commerce raider. Facing real british cruisers, the Graf Spee was forced to retreat after a hard battle and the captain then had the ship scuttled.

36 posted on 09/25/2007 9:47:24 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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To: GATOR NAVY

WOW! Thank you so much for the links. Much better photos, and a much better perspective of scale as well....immense!
Very impressive.

I know that the Admirals and the strategists who know far more about war than I do feel that the days of the great battleship are over, but I can’t help missing the graceful lines, the massive firepower, and the decisive results they can have in certain kinds of warfare.


37 posted on 09/25/2007 9:54:57 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: GATOR NAVY

Even in
Interesting that they would equip the ISS Yamato as it was on her suicide run, rather than at her prime. Originally, she had 12 (4x3) 6.1” guns and 12 (6x2) 5” dual purpose guns. However in 1945, she had been upgraded for air defense with 2 tripple 6” mounts removed to make room for an additional 3 5” dual turrets. (Of course against 386 aircraft, she was doomed.)


38 posted on 09/25/2007 9:56:54 PM PDT by rmlew (Build a wall, attrit the illegals, end the anchor babies, Americanize Immigrants)
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To: rmlew

That’s very interestng, thank you very much. I regret that I’m no authority on this sort of thing, and I apologize for using incorrect terminology.


39 posted on 09/25/2007 9:58:20 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

I’ve seen bigger ones.


40 posted on 09/25/2007 10:07:11 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: PAR35
Lots of pictures of the real version here:

http://www.deutschland-class.dk/admiral_graf_spee/gallery/gallgrafspeemontevideo.html

Great pictures, thank you very much!

According to the accompanying text, the scuttling charges were placed in the engine rooms and in the belowdeck areas, and since they sunk her in only 23 feet of water it's easy to see how the British forces were able to collect some valuable gear.

41 posted on 09/25/2007 10:11:04 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: PAR35; Stoat
Check out this site for diagrams and pictures of all types of ships, Naval and Civilian. I think it's Polish, but I can read the names and descriptions.
42 posted on 09/25/2007 10:14:25 PM PDT by brityank (The more I learn about the Constitution, the more I realise this Government is UNconstitutional !!)
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To: Stoat

Kewl Thread BUMP


43 posted on 09/25/2007 10:36:26 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush. Pray for our troops. Pray for congress, Pray for our nation.)
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To: Stoat

Kewl Thread BUMP


44 posted on 09/25/2007 10:36:28 PM PDT by Pajamajan (Pray for president Bush. Pray for our troops. Pray for congress, Pray for our nation.)
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To: brityank
Check out this site for diagrams and pictures of all types of ships, Naval and Civilian. I think it's Polish, but I can read the names and descriptions.

Great site!  Thank you very much.  Even with the language barrier it's still quite useful for lots of great diagrams, photos and links to English-language sites.

Among the links there, I found one for the Bismarck

KBismarck.com - The Battleship Bismarck

and down at the bottom of that site's homepage is a GREAT video of the ship, from christening, battle footage and to the end

 

45 posted on 09/25/2007 11:10:58 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Pajamajan
Kewl Thread BUMP

Thank you.....it's all of the great people who have come here that have made it great   :-)

46 posted on 09/25/2007 11:12:30 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

Cool!


47 posted on 09/26/2007 3:40:35 AM PDT by cibco (defconw = Mrs. cibco {:0))
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To: Petronski

Perhaps he could play Wagner’s Ride of the Valkries, and fire off a few rounds.


48 posted on 09/26/2007 4:11:18 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: Stoat

Some years ago a 12’ Missouri visited in our city marina. It was every bit as detailed as a fine purchased plastic model.


49 posted on 09/26/2007 5:09:40 AM PDT by ThanhPhero (di hanh huong den La Vang)
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To: Stoat

Another bump for cool thread, cool models and naval history!


50 posted on 09/26/2007 5:36:26 AM PDT by Tainan (Talk is cheap. Silence is golden. All I got is brass...lotsa brass.)
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