Revell 1/72 “S” Boot (D-Day Group Build)
June 6, 2014 in Ships
As previously stated, two different sources report: On the morning of 6 June 1944, D-Day, 31 battle ready S-boats were sent to attack the Allied fleet. Although several vessels were sunk, against such a mass of ships (4126 landing craft and 1213 warships) the Kriegsmarine could do little to hinder the embarkment. . The 9th Flottilla achieved some success in sinking landing craft.
And: The only naval contact during D-Day occurred when four German torpedo boats reached the Eastern Task Force late in the afternoon and launched eighteen torpedoes, sinking the Norwegian destroyer HNoMS Svenner off Sword beach but missing the battleships HMS Warspite and Ramillies. After firing, the German vessels turned away and fled east into a smoke screen.
I’ve been meaning to complete this model for quite some time. The group build gave me the incentive I needed. Everyone I talked to that had built it, told me what a nice kit it was. It seemed that no matter how many parts I added, there were always more in the box, and everytime I thought I was near finished, I found something I had missed. I was beginning to doubt if I could make the deadline. Build photos have previously been posted.
Scouring my reference material, I was able to pick and choose what I thought was typical “weathering”, and the real fun, for me, was trying to make it happen, without over doing it. It was built OOB, with none of the $100+ aftermarket parts. I’m still considering the addition of figures in the future. I’m please with the results. It sure looks big next to my PT boats, MTB’s and Rescue craft.
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