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Type VII B U-Boat

AFV Club, 1/350 scale

S u m m a r y

Catalogue Number and  Description

AFV Club 1/350 scale Kit No. 73502; German U-Boat Type VII B

Contents & Media

71parts (64 in olive drab, 7 etched brass)

Scale:

1/350

Price:

Not known at this time

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Choice of waterline or full hull model; very petite details; optional “lift-off” feature for pressure hull

Disadvantages:

Very petite parts easily broken

Conclusion:

Ideal for any 1/350 modeler who wants either a sub or a “victim/victor” in a diorama


Reviewed by Cookie Sewell


Trumpeter's 1/1/44 scale Type XXIII U-Boat is available online from Squadron.com


FirstLook



Normally ships are not on my plate, but this one arrived slipped into a number of armor kits from AFV Club and caught me off guard. But on opening it up, it appears to be the first of many new kits along these lines from AFV Club (the first one was apparently going to be a Japanese I-19 class boat).

The kit is tiny – no other way to describe it at less than 19 centimeters long when complete – but at least is much larger than the 1/700 scale ones which went before it (ah, the joys of being an ageing “boomer” and having model companies take pity on us by making models larger!)

AFV Club has used their skills at making incredibly detailed armor kits and applied them to ships. The molded detail on this submarine is amazing, and it offers the ability to open up the completed hull and view the pressure hull and conning tower protrusion once finished. The kit comes with a choice of two different conning towers, one with original ventilation ducting and one with the modified ventilation added during refits.

The model provides a wealth of tiny details in the form of most of the braces, brackets and guards found on the original and even provides for rotation of the deck gun on the finished model. All parts appear to be nearly scale, which causes a normal problem with AFV Club kits of very fragile and tiny parts requiring extreme care in handling them. Four torpedoes are provided for diorama fans wanting port details to go with the model.

The reason this kit was chosen was to make the Type VII B of Gunther Prien, captain of U-47 and the “Bull of Scapa Flow” who sank HMS Royal Oak at anchor there in October 1939. It may also be built as Herbert Schultze’s U-48; no markings for the other truly famous VII B, Otto Kretschmer’s U-99, are provided.

Overall this is a neat little model and one which should fit right in with the rest of the 1/350 kits out today and coming out in the future. It should be followed by the more common Type VII C model.



Sprue Layout:

A 10 Lower hull, pressure hull,
B 45 Base, deck guns, hull details
C 9 Type VII B upper hull, details, conning towers
MA 7 Etched brass

Thanks to Miin Herng Tsueng for the review sample.


Review Text Copyright 2009 by Cookie Sewell
Page Created 23 June, 2009
Last updated 23 June, 2009

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