More Pictures of the Revell 1/48 Type IXc.
My love for U-Boats started back in the early 70’s when I first read Herbert Werner’s “Iron Coffins”.
I bought Revell’s Type IX U-Boat as soon as it was out.
The build was pretty much straight forward. The size of the hull (42 inches long) is what makes it a bit more work painting wise. I spray canned most of it with Tamiya paints while airbrushing the conning tower and the light grey upper hull color. I washed the hull and deck with black and brown. The conning tower is light grey, salted, then Insignia blue over that, yes, blue, then the salt was removed.
I started off wanting to show a Type IXc in good shape. But when I was well along with this project I came across a fellow who put allot of research into U-505, the boat I wanted to depict, so I ended up including the damage on the conning tower from the depth charges and replicating the B&W photos with the US Navy boarding crew.
This was also my first attempt at salt treatment. I had to back it up with spot touches of paint on a brush over the decals but it all worked out okay.
I modified some of the figures to fit the poses I saw in the pictures of U-505’s capture. Some argue that I should of had the decal saying “Can Do Junior”. I didn’t add it for two reasons. One is that it would have been hard to get it to lay down over the rough surface created by the salt and two, I thought that maybe that came after the boat was secured to a tow line, something that my figures are trying to do at the moment depicted.
Below are the three sites that I found to be very beneficial.
And this fellow was a pure joy to communicate with. And he’s the U-505 aficionado that I had mentioned earlier.
Salt treatment; Fine Scale Modeler July 2003.
Also recommended reference, if not for just the pure fun of it;
U-Boat War, by Lothar-Günter Buchheim, pictures from a German reporter that went along on a voyage on a Type VIIc. By the way Amazon has it for under 9 bucks at the moment
And the movie Das Boot, which if you read the above book you will notice allot of the scenes might have gotten their inspiration from the photos.
That’s all I can think of. I’ll try to answer any questions as my time permits.
Now I want a Type XXI and my life will be complete.
John, Das Boob.
17 additional images. Click to enlarge.