My great uncle Artie was on HMS Ark Royal when this U-Boat sank her from distance. My Dad made it into the merchant navy as basically a boy for the latter years of the war and had tales to tell about subs. Both saw the war out.
I had always intended to build a large kit of a U-Boat with my boys when they were older, as I had done this with my father – a cutaway with lots of interior detail and figures. I occasionally look at the history of the boat and wait for my boys to grow a little before taking the plunge (no pun).
Yesterday, looking through some records it came back to me that this sub had also hunted as part of a wolf-pack off North Africa in 42-43.
Now I haven’t looked at a maritime kit for about 40 years – so the expectation is certainly not going to be in the same universe as the absolute masterpiece that has just appeared on imodeler by incredible coincidence (and which gave me serious second thoughts even though I had ordered the kit 24 hours earlier ).
1/350 U-boat VII/C “The beginning of the End.”
by Won-hui Lee
At some point I will find that large cutaway U-boat to build with the boys, but right now I’ll put together this small version as part of the group build, as the whole of the Africa campaign, for both sets of protagonists, ebbed and flowed as supplies came and went. U-Boats and the war the Allies waged on them played significant roles in the destiny of those supplies. I’ll save the specific History for later but here is an interesting read:
Convoy SL-125: Sacrificial Lamb For Operation Torch?
I don’t think I have a modelling ‘comfort zone’ but if I did this would fall way outside it. Wish me luck. I’ll post the box and contents when it arrives!