Revell's 1/72 Scale
images by Brett Green
Germany's 1/72 scale S-100
is available for less than USD$20.00
online from Squadron
Here is Revell's 1/72 scale
translates as "Fast Boat". The British sometimes referred to this family
of German torpedo boats as "E-Boats", as an abbreviation for "Enemy
The S-100 Class was a
development of this successful series that included an armoured bridge.
This feature was retrofitted to some earlier variants too.
Revell's 1/72 scale S-100
was released late in 2001. It is very nicely detailed straight from the
box and quite accurate. Its sleek lines and impressive size will also
ensure that it is a head turner whether on display at a model competition
or on the mantelpiece.
that Revell's 1/72 scale S-100 was generally straightforward to build with
good fit overall. Some parts exhibited flash, but this was quickly cleaned
up with a sharp hobby knife.
instructions were a little ambiguous in places, especially relating to the
assembly of the guns. For example, the 20mm cannon on the forward deck
does not seem to leave any space for the gunner, but the alternative (ie
raising the entire gun) was no more appealing.
should take special care to scrape off the inner pair of smoke discharger
mounting rings on the rear deck before the deck is installed. The depth
charge launch rails will not fit if these raised features are not removed.
model is largely built from kit parts and without the aid of aftermarket
sets, Chris made a number of additions and modifications.
dodgers for the railings were cut from paper-backed lead foil. Once the
dodgers were glued into place they could be gently pressed to reveal an
impression of the railings' outline.
The blades for
the torpedo propellers were individually cut from small sections of
plastic card. Each blade was then secured to a shaft of stretched sprue.
The torpedo retaining straps were fashioned from lead foil and wire.
All gun barrels
were hollowed out with the point of a hobby knife except the 37mm gun on
the rear deck. This was replaced with a metal item from ARMO set no. 72728
for a Flakpanzer IV Ostwind. This is a beautifully detailed item, even
including the fine cooling slots and the characteristically flared muzzle.
the bridge were replaced with brass wire. The soft brass was quite
delicate, but more in scale than the plastic kit parts. The new handholds
were glued in place with super glue.
was sourced from smoke coloured nylon invisible mending thread.
propellers are inaccurate, but the kit parts were used regardless.
S-100 Class was finished in a simple scheme of Schnellbootweiss (an
off-white colour) on vertical surfaces and Blaugrau (Blue Grey) on
decks. Below the water line was usually painted dark grey, but several
colour photos suggest that some may have been painted dull red.
the vessel using a mix of 90% Gunze H-338 Light Grey and 10% Tamiya XF-66
Light Grey as Schnellbootweiss; and Tamiya XF-64 Dark Grey for the
horizontal surfaces. The lower hull was painted Tamiya XF-9 Dull Red for a
splash of variety, and the plimsoll line was masked and sprayed Flat
These colour coats were applied using the Testor Aztek airbrush fitted with the fine
Planking and woodwork was painted Tamiya XF-59 Desert
Deck guns were given a coat of Gunmetal. The metal 37mm
barrel required a coat of Tamiya Primer to improve the adhesion of the
Propellers were painted Tamiya enamel X-31 Titanium Gold.
Torpedos were painted using Gunze H76 Burnt Iron followed
by heavy weathering.
The Black Panther was detailed with red and white paint
applied with a fine brush.
Overall weathering was applied with the Aztek airbrush
using Chris's usual method. The airbrush cup was loaded with a very thin
mix of Tamiya Flat Black and Red Brown. This was then sprayed into natural
shadow areas and in dirty streaks, representing a battle-weary boat at
Osprey New Vanguard - German
Squadron/Signal Publications No.
4018 "Schnellboot in Action"
Classic Warships Publishing -
Warship Pictorial #15 "Kriegsmarine Schnellboot"
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