The quality of the plastic, resin and photo-etched parts
is up to the standard of the latest MPM releases, but this is the biggest injection moulded kit from the MPM
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there are not many plastic parts, basic construction was not easy on
Chris's model because the big hull halves were warped in almost all
directions. This problem was corrected by gluing the hull in sections,
starting from the bow and progressively moving back as each section
dried. Twisting, clamping and plenty of Super Glue resulted in an
still a bit of a corkscrew attitude to the hull, but it is hardly
Construction was also complicated by ambiguous drawings and vague
directions for parts placement. The kit provides six illustrations and
side elevation drawings, all of which are different. This can be
confusing when it is all the reference that you have!
parts all fitted well, as did the photo-etched parts. However, I did
replace the ladder rungs at the front of the conning tower with bras
wire bent to shape, as the photo-etched parts looked a bit too flat to
the resin and brass parts, you will still need to scratch build a fair
few details yourself. Some of these details include railings, masts and
The U-Boat was painted with the Aztek
metal-body airbrush fitted with the fine, tan tip.
hull received a coat of Tamiya XF-54 Dark Sea Grey.
hull was painted using a 60/40 mix of Tamiya XF-54 and XF-24 Dark Grey.
woodwork was represented using Tamiya XF-59 Desert Yellow.
was achieved with XF-64 Red Brown and XF-1 Flat Black, and by using a
combination of both.
Thanks to MPM/CMK