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Eu-II's 1/72 scale
Type A Midget Submarine

by Chris Wauchop

 

Type A Midget Submarine

images by Brett Green


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Introduction

 

Here is Chris Wauchop's 1/72 scale Type A Japanese Midget Submarine by Japanese company Eu-II. Chris built this model on commission, finishing less than a month since he completed Special Navy's 1/72 scale German Type XXIII U-Boat.

This model is much smaller though!

 

 

Eu-II's Midget Submarine is presented in injection moulded plastic. The styrene is of reasonable quality, but there is a bit of flash to clean up before construction may commence.

 

 

Construction

 

Building the kit was fairly straightforward, but the instructions were a little hard to follow in places because the text and captions were entirely in Japanese.

 

 

The only real challenge was the parts breakdown of the hull. The hull is split along the centreline, so perfect alignment and careful sanding was required to ensure there were no visible seams or gaps.

 

 

Painting and Markings

 

The completed model was coated with Tamiya X-18 Semi-Gloss Black, with a bit of Tamiya XF-64 Red Brown added.

 

 

Weathering comprised XF-64 for rust, with vertical streaking using Flat Back and XF-64 Red Brown.

The counter-rotating screws were painted with Tamiya X-12 Gold enamel, then shaded with X-18 Semi-Gloss Black.

 

 

The stands were finished to represent concrete. A base coat of XF-55 was shaded and streaked with Black/Brown (a 50/50 mix of XF-1 and XF-64), and straight Red Brown.

 

 

Additional Images

 

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Kriegsmarine U-boats 193945 (1)
New Vanguard 51
Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrator: Ian Palmer
US Price: $14.95
UK Price: 8.99
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publish Date:
 May 25, 2002
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1841763632
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Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright 2005 by Chris Wauchop and Brett Green
Images Copyright 2005 by Brett Green
Page Created 23 November, 2005
Last Updated 02 December, 2005

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