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Very Large Type VII C/41 U-boat by Revell in 1/72nd scale


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First of all, thanks to the admins who graciously allowed me to post this build here even though it does not meet the 1/35th 1/32nd or larger rule. Regardless, it is a LARGE SCALE MODEL measuring near 3 feet in length when complete.

Secondly, I inherited this model partially build from a friend who had it in storage for several years uncompleted. Seems his father had rushed into this build when he got sick and later died before the model could be finished. My friend said I was the only person he thought might be able to do it justice. Since it's been a very long time since I attempted anything naval, we'll see.

When received, the main hull, hull deck, and conning tower were glued and painted a two-tone camo scheme. A lot of detail parts were left off the conning tower before it was painted, the snorkel was assembled wrong, parts of the cable guard around the propeller was broken off and missing, and the colors used didn't look right to me. So we begin with ordering and receiving a laser cur wooden deck set from Nautilus that's beautiful.

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The wooden deck is just sitting on the original plastic deck for fitting purposes. I have also corrected the snorkel so that it raises and lowers correctly.

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....snorkel stowed down....

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...snorkel partially raised.... You can also see a lot of the exterior detail parts of the conning tower were left off before painting.

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All the white parts are the left off details I added. Still trying to make my mind up about the wooded main deck. Should I 1) Use the original plastic deck that has good detail around the metal decking parts, or 2) Use the wooden deck with bad representations of the metal parts? I chose "3" and grafted the plastic "metal" parts in place of the wood parts.

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Turned out not too bad. So now I have some minor lower hull repairs to do, then on to paint. The instructions for the wooden pieces suggested coating the wood with enamel paint to prevent acrylic paints from soaking in and swelling the wood. So first up was a good coat of Tamiya Grey Surface Primer Enamel first on the conning tower parts and then the first test shot of dunkel-grau (Kriegsmarine dark sea grey) to see how it will look.

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Came out not too bad and a lot closer than the original paint used. And that is where we stand at present. More to come...

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First of all, thanks to the admins who graciously allowed me to post this build here even though it does not meet the 1/35th 1/32nd or larger rule. Regardless, it is a LARGE SCALE MODEL measuring near

As you can see, the main deck is now one piece. Still not glued to the hull itself, but I will be getting there soon. I also need to finish sanding around the brass cable guard around the rudders that

This is the repaired cable guard I spoke about earlier still in its ugly form. A little more work and it will be good to go. 

Very nice start of picking up a build that was already under way.

I have to disagree and that the 1/32 and 1/35 rule applies to only aircraft and armor for what is large scale and what isn't. With ship modeling,  the division for large scale should be 1/350 and larger due to the size of the model and actual subject - 72nd scale easily makes the grade.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

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3 hours ago, Peterpools said:

Very nice start of picking up a build that was already under way.

I have to disagree and that the 1/32 and 1/35 rule applies to only aircraft and armor for what is large scale and what isn't. With ship modeling,  the division for large scale should be 1/350 and larger due to the size of the model and actual subject - 72nd scale easily makes the grade.

Keep 'em comin

Peter

I agree, is it a LARGE Scale Model or a Large SCALE Model..... either way it will be big and that is the aim here I'd say.... MHO....

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Yep, if you can take an eye out or demolish furniture with it as you move it around then it's a LSM in my book! This easily qualifies. :D

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As you can see, the main deck is now one piece. Still not glued to the hull itself, but I will be getting there soon. I also need to finish sanding around the brass cable guard around the rudders that I fitted and glued into place earlier. Colors for paint are another story. I have several references and they contradict each other about what the lower hull colors should be. Probably the best reference I have  states that the lower hull was painted the same Dunkel grau dark grey as the upper hull with no black demarcation waterline between the lower anti foul paint and the upper camo paint. This was a purposeful departure from the paint policies adopted by the Kreigsmarinen due to the unique needs of the U-boat service that differed from the surface fleet vessels. More to come...

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9 hours ago, Folkwulfe said:

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The main deck gun is a real pain because of the many small, thin pieces needed. It's near impossible to remove all of them from the trees without damaging them. 

But that Flak looks fantastically detailed for the scale.  You've done well!

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Nice progress on the U boat. The wooden deck looks great as does the Flak. Do you plan to substitute the turret railings? They seem to be a bit oversized and shouldn't be to hard to replace with brass.

Cheers Rob

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So...the main deck has been enamel primed and is now permanently attached to the hull.

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The conning tower is not yet permanently attached, but I have started undercoating flat black to the lower hull. I have also started counter shading the upper hull, deck, and conning tower.

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Starting to come all together...

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So this is how she looks with her first shot of dunkelgrau 71 on the hull and conning tower. The effects of the counter shading are subtle under normal light like this.

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But under flash photography, you can see more of the underlying color shade difference. She really is a "Grey Lady Down"...with a bite!

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4 hours ago, Folkwulfe said:

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So this is how she looks with her first shot of dunkelgrau 71 on the hull and conning tower. The effects of the counter shading are subtle under normal light like this.

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But under flash photography, you can see more of the underlying color shade difference. She really is a "Grey Lady Down"...with a bite!

Great build so far! The camo looks spot-on! Beautiful! 

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This is a test section of the aft wooden decking. I am trying to reproduce scaring of the deck where sailors would walk and drag lines for tie-up. The paint would have worn off and the raw teak wood deck would have shown through as a result until repainted at port before the next patrol. A little more work and it should look good.

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