Prinz Eugen was the third, and last, of the Admiral Hipper class cruisers. In many ways she was a lucky ship, surviving a number of actions without suffering major damage. In 1941 Prinz Eugen was with the ill-fated Bismarck on the battleship's single combat voyage and returned to Brest, France after leaving the damaged battleship behind. In 1942 Prinz Eugen was part of Operation Cerberus, the part I'm most interested in, with the battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Once again Eugen was able to avoid any major damage. After that it was off to Norway to take part in actions against the convoys to Russia and then on to the Baltic to cover the withdrawal of German troops. After World War II the cruiser was taken by the U.S., studied (especially her passive sonar), and eventually used as a target in the atomic bomb tests.
|Starboard side of Prinz Eugen|
|The Tamiya kit box art|
The camouflage was pretty basic, an overall mid-gray hull with a darker gray pattern on the hull and irregular dark gray on the superstructure. All the books I have, and even the model kit painting guide, only show the starboard side of the ship with the pattern used for Operation Cerberus. My internet searching came up with one port side view that I based my paint scheme on, but I'm not really sure how accurate it is.
|The hard-to-find port side view|
I originally used a much lighter faded wood color for the decks. But I just wasn't happy with the way it looked, so it back to the paint cabinet. I came back with a light tan color that seemed to look better.
|A port-forward view to show off the deck a little better.|
|And an aft-starboard view, you can see the deck mounted quad 20mm guns in these photos|
|A closer view of the superstructure. You might need to click on this one to get a better view|
Here is the paint scheme image for the ship from an earlier post, just so you don't have to search too hard for the image.