Revell’s S-Boot in 1:72
Revells S-Boot is an excellent kit of the best motor torpedo boat of the WWII.
The S-Boote were developed by the german navy in the twenties and were built by the Lürssenwerft. Their long hulls with rounded bottoms gave them sea keeping abilities superior to allied boats, their diesel engines were rugged and reliable and the diesel fuel was much less of a fire hazard in action than the gasoline used by the allied boats.
They were successfully deployed in the North Sea, the English Channel, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and in the Baltic.
The S 100 series was the last development of the S-Boot with an armoured bridge and a top speed in excess of 42 knots.
I built the kit mostly out of the box and intentionally abstained from detailing her with PE. There were more important improvements to be made. The stanchions, railings, grabhandles etc. were about 1 mm thick and looked very clumsy, so I replaced them with 0,5 mm piano wire. I made the canvas along the railings from aluminium foil. The figures come from Airfix old E-Boat kit and are remarkably good considering their age.
The water was sculpted from styrofoam and wall putty and the spray was made from cotton and baking powder.
I finished the model in January 2004 and she won the ships category in Stockholm and Gothenburg that year, the first two competitions I took part in, which was a great inspiration to me.
The model is currently displayed at the “Modellbau-Meile” Karl-Marx-Allee 138 in Berlin.
The Modellbau-Meile has fared the fate of so many other modeling stores. It was forced to close because of high rents. There is now only three modeling stores in Berlin.
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