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"So, who's the U-boat captain?"

Well, I got a new bench and a cleared off old one so I thought I'd better build something big.


Wish me luck as this is probably my first sub kit. 

Thankfully, beyond the size it's fairly straightforward. I'm planning to keep it pretty much OOB as I don't have a lot of reference materials. PXL_20210611_035336817.thumb.jpg.f5915d896074eef05009002e351a940f.jpg

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I'm actually starting with step 1 which is the torpedoes.


There's a pair of them and they seem to be fairly detailed. I will most likely leave one out of the tubes so as to better see it. 

I decided to join the front and rear halves of side of the hull instead. Here it is next to a 1/32 Corsair.



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On 6/11/2021 at 3:31 AM, GazzaS said:

OOh...  this will be cool!  A very interesting vessel.

It was definitely unique. They only carried two torpedoes. To load the tubes the sub would dock where they would fill the rear ballast tanks to raise the bow out of the water and then insert the torpedoes. 

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On 6/11/2021 at 4:01 AM, DocRob said:

Is that the one which followed you, without you noticing :rofl:? I'll be interested to see, what you gonna do with it. At least, it will drain your paint rack, given the size.

Cheers Rob

I think this is the one. I'm sticking to pretty much OOB. I'm thinking of adding some figures if Ii can find them to add a better sense of scale. 

I bought some Mission Models paint for this as it supposedly goes a long way. One way to find out. 

On 6/11/2021 at 8:50 AM, Bomber_County said:

Has the bench been certified as clean tidy??.? Also that must how many WIP’s………..:sofa:………going to be interesting build…..:respect:

I think for me it is.


And the paint bench. 


Still some odd things to put away but pretty close. 

As for how many WIPs, I have no clue. I'm afraid to count to be honest. There are a number of open boxes around me but they've all thankfully found shelf space. 

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On 6/11/2021 at 9:54 AM, Peterpools said:


Yikes .. going to be a spectacular build .. will be following all the way from my front row seat.:popcorn: Bench and paint racks look mighty good as well.

Keep 'em comin


Thanks Peter! Like I said, my first sub kit so not my usual thing either. 

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I've got more assembled. 

I started on the inner bits of the conning tower. The fit has been really good I'm happy to say. 



On the right is the schnorkel that the U-boat had so they could run the diesel engine and charge the batteries while submerged. 

Some details are definitely basic but I'm not sure if the actual parts weren't as well.

I then attached it to one side of the conning tower. The part was a bit warped but straightened out as I glued it. 


I got the tow bow torpedo tubes together and glued to their bulkheads. PXL_20210612_162917429.thumb.jpg.90395ed6d7ed7f0fe967638f12bbd676.jpg

I need to start doing some painting before I go any further. 

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Thanks folks! This kit is coming along nicely. The conning tower is together.


I needed a bit of filler at the top so I used CA to fill the gap. 

I then installed the outer torpedo tube doors. There is a magnet to hold them open but I decided to leave it out as I felt it would be too hard to close them after. 



I put a small piece of tape on the backside to hold them shut so I can paint them without too much paint getting inside. 

At this point I added the torpedo tubes, installed the rudder and the rods for the diving planes. 


I've now started closing up the hull halves. I've got the upper seam glued and am working my way around the hull.


With the conning tower placed on the hull as a mock up. This thing is big...



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23 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Looks great, Carl!

Thanks Gaz!

22 hours ago, Kaireckstadt said:

Wow, that’s what I call a fast build! 
Looks really great so far Carl!                 And it is really big! 

I'm fairly certain it's the largest kit I've put together.

7 hours ago, GazzaS said:

Any plans for a figurine or some dock works?

I'm thinking of getting some figures. It looks like Aires does some under one of their brands and I've found some from U Models. Just need to decide which ones and where to get them from. 

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18 hours ago, Bomber_County said:

Carl, good test for the new bench……

It is indeed Phil. It fits on both with room to spare. 

16 hours ago, Peterpools said:


Terrific progress and the sub is looking so good - not to mention she sure is BIG!

Keep 'em comin


Thanks Peter! 

7 hours ago, belugawhaleman said:

I'm really interested in your build and I may, in future, purchase this kit. I like

the subject and the size will make a terrific display piece. Meanwhile, I'm going

to enjoy following your build.



Thanks Paul! So far I've got to say I'm very happy with the kit. 

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