Revell's 1/72 scale
Schnellboot S-100 Klasse
by Don Jamieson
S-Boot Klasse 100
images by Brett Green
1/72 scale S-Boot Klasse 100 is ava
ilable online from Squadron
Well, it has taken me
since March this year to finish this kit and I have had a lot of
adventures along the way with it. It is a model, which captures the
sleek aggressive lines of the real thing. I just couldn’t help myself
and had to build it. Unfortunately, a chronic case of AMS set in and I
could not build it out of the box.
Inspired by Chris
Wauchop’s work and two reference sources, David Krakow’s Schnellboot
http://www.PrinzEugen.com as featured here on HyperScale's
Links page and the Squadron Signal book Schnellboot in Action, I set out
to add that little bit extra.
The photos attached show
some of the modifications I made to the boat and most of you who have
this kit will recognise the differences. Basically, I followed this
Opened the exhausts
after refinement and other holes on the hull.
Yes, I know they are
horrible but I did the best I could with them.
Door handles, voice
pipes and other details were added to this area.
The sighting binocular
pedestal was also detailed further.
I rebuilt the torpedo
tubes so that the doors opened the correct way and added extra detail to
them. The torpedo blades were carved down to represent contra rotating
ones. The forward 2cm cannon had extra detail added with plastic strip
(no brass) to represent the elevation and sighting device on it.
The dual 2cm mount
midships was further enhanced with a ready use magazine and helmet rack.
An additional armour shield and sight was added. By far the biggest mod
was the 37mm mount. I pretty much rebuilt this, as I was not happy with
the appearance of the kit rendition. It matches the reference pictures I
have seen and now looks like it can be manned and fired and not a
Many other bits and
pieces were added to bring the boat to life. Coiling the kit-supplied
string onto paper created the coiled ropes. Once dried, it could be cut
off and put in place.
Grab ropes were added to
the floats and the compass was dressed up with wire and plastic strip.
According to the
references, I filled in the skylights of the engine room ventilation
trunks, as they were not on this late model S100.
Chris Wauchop was kind
enough to give me a sheet of that lead-backed paper which I used for the
The smoke makers had piping and hoses added to them. They appear when
rigged, to be connected to the pipe that is on the centerline sternpost
so that the smoke is discharged and mixed with the wake of the boat.
I also added a mast with
the FuMB 32 ‘Flores’and FuMB 24’Cuba’ antennae detection sets as these
were seen on some boats.
Finally, what boat would
be complete without a ships bell? I carved one and put it on the
starboard rail as seen in the references. Unfortunately, my operating
microscope wasn’t working so I had to settle for a piece of string
instead of a woven bell rope.
Painting and weathering
was enjoyable and I pretty well followed Chris’s paint mix formula. The
comet design was seen on at least two S boats of the 4th S-bootsflotille
and the runic s is my own creation. Both were hand painted.
The solid teak base with
dowel supports was made by my next door neighbour. He is a wizard with
wood. It has a 3mm routed edge to take a clear acrylic cover for
I really enjoyed
building Revell's 1/72 scale S-100.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
|German E-boats 1939–45
New Vanguard 59
Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrator: Ian Palmer
US Price: $14.95
UK Price: £8.99
September 18, 2002
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1841764450
Model and Text by Copyright ©
2004 Don Jamieson
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