View Full Version : OT: U-boat plastic model kit

[]_---_[] KITT
02-22-2007, 09:24 PM
Hi guys i'm thinking about buying and building a U-boat plastic model. I'm considering a typeIXB from Academy which is sold about US$25.00 at my local shop.

I've asked around and the best is Revell's 1/72 VIIC which is enormous.

Here the pics:



Aren't they gorgeous?

So is type IXB from Academy good enough(in terms of accuracy) since i saw on the box pictures that it has got only one propeller(though it also says it has got optional parts for motorised or static display purpose). Anybody knows about Academy's type IXB?

Or should i starve myself to buy Revell's VIIC http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif ?

02-22-2007, 11:02 PM
I haven't seen these 'Academy' models, but I was very impressed with how Revell's kits appear - I believe they do two Type VIIs, one of around 1940 and an 'Atlantic' version - with snorkel, I think, as well as a USN Gato, so you can be ready for SHIV. They're around 70 Canadian dollars, so I suppose about 55 US Dollars. I think I read that they're about 1.2 metres, or over 40 inches, in length - now there's something to put in your front window! I've seen some completed ones on the web and the builders put in some superb touches, like rust etc, with pastel paints, and they can even be made to float - take a look here (http://www.steelnavy.com/gallery_submarines.htm)

At the same scale, they do a 'Flower' corvette - can't remember the name but it's a Canadian one, and it looked very detailed.

Of course, if you look around the web, you can get metal boats to put together - you get a few sheets of light alloy. They can cost 1000 dollars (about 460GBP) and up. One of those will be my project next winter.

[]_---_[] KITT
02-22-2007, 11:43 PM
US$55? that's some deal considering what you get i mean just look at the SIZE. I'm seriously considering to buy the Revell if the price is right. Will go check a local store in my City this weekend. I saw it before about 2 years ago I don't know whether it's still there.

02-23-2007, 05:04 AM
If you go to squadron.com, they do extras for the revell kit. Like you can drill open all the deck grate openings and all the outer skin openings and get all the parts for under the deck grates. You can also use this to make your own cut-away model, and they will supply you all the interior kits etc as well.
Big project, but well worth the labour

02-23-2007, 09:04 AM
Ooo - great tip, Hueywolf - I'll follow that up.

As for the price - I was quoted 70 Canadian Dollars for the TypeVII, so I would gues that's about $55-60 US?

The new GATO boat model is $99.95US and you can get it online direct from Revell.com.

I couldn't find the online price for the TypeVII, but this site (http://modelingmadness.com/reviews/misc/ships/robertoub.htm) suggests $50 US. It also mentions a 'wood upgrade set' @ $40 - not sure what that is.

Edit: Looking further at that modelingmadness. com site, it's got an excellent step-by-step report on building the TypeVII - and the painting technique is very important on these things.

02-23-2007, 09:10 AM
Celeon advises to watch how the "Master" builds a u-boat model http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

He says : "You must become one with the model !"


The master (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nmcstQnPYM)

02-23-2007, 09:10 AM
Check out http://forums.ubi.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/857101043/m/6181071584/p/1 for a really nice Revell VIIC/41.