The Lindberg Hood, which was released in autumn 1964 was a terrible disappointment. The awful Lindberg Bismarck made the Airfix chunkette look realistic. What made me realize how badly Airfix had blown it was the Revell Bismarck of autumn 1963. It was an attempt to get her right. They even had the high-angle rangefinders without covers aft. The model was great for the era but the screens were so thick the ship looked like a fortress. In 1964-65, I remember the only well-detailed plastic model steel warships were the Revell Arizona and Olympia, and the Airfix Hood. The latter was my favorite.
The breakthrough for me came in spring 1965 when I saw an ad for German warship paper models from John Hathaway in San Pedro, California. He advertised a 1:250 scale Leipzig WWII light cruiser, and the WWII Schleswig-Holstein. Both of these were at the top of my dream-but-never-expect-to-get list. I ordered Leipzig. It was $3.30 plus postage. This was slightly more than a Revell Arizona. When the model arrived, I was astonished. The detail was amazing. I started construction immediately. I ordered Schleswig-Holstein, and commenced work on her. I quickly realized L and S-H were the stars of the Wilhelmshaver Models line for 1:250 scale WWII ships. The others were accurate, but the detail was not nearly as good. I bought the Lützow Panzerschiff, this ship was my favorite WWII German warship of the time. I had it for years. It was very hardy. Blown off my shelf several times, only the tip of the bow was dented. It was not as detailed as Leipzig, but it was a 1:250 scale Lützow.
What was maddening was, unless you were a dedicated WWII German navy person, you were out of luck for WWII warships in paper. Talk about long waits—35 years. It was not until the start of this century that excellent models of American, British, Italian, Japanese, and Russian warships from 1904 to 1945 were available in paper. The Poles and Russians came to the rescue along with HMV in Germany. Even Wilhelmshavener started releasing WWII USN warships.