Revell's 1/72 scale U-Boot
Typ VII C
U-Boot Typ VII C - U-552
images by Brett Green
1/72 scale U-Boat Type VII C is a
vailable online from Squadron
The end of
2003 brought us a truly remarkable model - Revell's 1/72 scale German
U-Boat Type VIII C "Wolf Pack".
The inescapable first impression of this model is its size. The box is
huge, and every centimetre is required to squeeze in the hull halves
diagonally. At 933mm, this model is even longer than Trumpeter's Essex
The next impression is the quality of these enormous mouldings.
Structural details are raised where appropriate, and deeply recessed for
the mass of flooding holes. Looking more closely, rivet detail is also
present. These lines of rivets are raised but beautifully subtle.
On the real boat, the flooding holes were open but they are moulded
solid (but quite deeply) on the model.
The remaining parts are extremely nice too. The deck and conning tower
components are especially noteworthy. Wintergarten railings look to be
in-scale, while smaller features such as the deck guns are adequately
detailed. However, there is plenty of potential to super-detail the 88mm
gun in particular.
features abound. The forward torpedo doors are supplied as separate
parts and may be displayed open. Two styles of conning tower are
supplied. An optional cable cutter for the bow is also provided.
Periscope and vents may be positioned up, down or anywhere in between.
Hydroplanes are movable. The list of goodies is long!
A spool of thread is supplied for the aerial rigging, with plastic parts
for the floats.
A stand is also included - essential for the display of this full-hull
For such a big model, the overall parts count of 135 is quite modest.
This approach will ensure that even modellers with only a moderate
amount of experience will be capable of finishing the U-Boat..
Markings for five boats are supplied (with one of these including early
and late versions). There are some differences in conning towers,
fittings and rigging between these boats, so make your decision about
which version you are building early in construction, and pay close
attention to the instructions!
Chris Wauchop built Revell's 1/72 scale Type VII C
U-Boat over a period of only around 2 weeks. He found that some of the
railings were broken in the box, but these were easily repaired before
construction. Apart from some cleaning up of flash, the model did not
present any real challenges - very creditable for such a large model.
However, Chris did mention that it would have been nice
if the locating points for the railings were deeper and more positive.
Chris made a number of additionss and modifications.
A lanyard for the deck
gun plug was added from fine wire, painted with Tamiya XF-59 Desert
A few other details were also added to this area,
including the stowage hole for the 88mm gun plug.
The antenna rigging was
added from smoke coloured monofilament (invisible mending thread)
instead of the supplied thread which Chris thought was overscale and
The forward three
flooding holes were drilled out, but next time Chris says that he
will drill out all of the hull side flooding holes.
The model was sprayed using the Testor Aztek airbrush fitted with the
fine line, tan coloured nozzle.
The following colours were used:
The decks of the hull and conning tower were painted with a mix of 60%
Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey and 40% XF-64 Red Brown.
The conning tower and hull sides were painted with a 50/50 mix of Gunze
H324 Flat Light Grey and Tamiya Gloss White. Unusually for Gunze
acrylics, the light grey was genuinely flat, and in fact the Gloss White
did not effect the flat final finish.
All woodwork was Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow.
The lower hull is painted Tamiya XF-24 Dark Grey.
The larger sections of rust were brush painted Tamiya XF-10 Flat Brown,
then airbrushed over with a thin mix of the same colour to represent the
characteristic "bleeding" of the rust into the paintwork. Other sections
of rust were airbrushed only using Tamiya XF-10 Flat Brown.
The general streaking on the lower hull was a combination of XF-10 and
Chris's usual mix of Tamiya Flat Black and Red Brown, thinned and
sprayed with the Aztek airbrush.
The screws were brush-painted the recently released Tamiya X-31 Titanium
Kit decals were used and they performed flawlessly.
Revell's 1/72 scale U-Boat is impressive in the box, and
Chris Wauchop's superb painting skills really bring out the character of
this fabulous model.
The sheer size of the kit is also noteworthy. You'll
need a big mantlepiece to display this boat!
With a wide selection of after-market decals, crew
figures and accessories becoming available, I expect that we will start
to see U-Boat Wolf Packs resurfacing at model competitions and meetings
any time now.
thumbnails below to view larger images:
New Vanguard 51
Author: Gordon Williamson
Illustrator: Ian Palmer
US Price: $14.95
UK Price: £8.99
May 25, 2002
Details: 48 pages; ISBN: 1841763632
Model by Chris Wauchop
Text Copyright © 2004 by Chris Wauchop and
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