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Geir Andersen
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U-Boot Biber

May 7, 2019 · in Ships · · 7 · 3.1K

So, I'm back with another midget this time the German Biber from WW2. I don't know what it is with these submarines but they just appeal to me and I have the utmost respect for the men that operated them.
As for the model, I'm happy the way it turned out. I tried to keep the weathering to the Biber itself and less (some fresh scratches) on the torpedoes to give the illusion of a well-used submarine with new torpedoes for the next mission.

Her is some more information taken from the internet.
"The Biber was built in three sections which bolted together. The bow section contained nothing more than the main diving tank. Between the first and second bulkhead was the main compartment where the operator sat. The third compartment contained the after diving tank. Further development of the Biber was planned which included two-man versions (Biber II and Biber III), these were nothing more than drawing board projects.

From January through April 1945 the Molch and Biber midget boats went out on 102 sorties, lost 70 of their own and only sank 7 small ships with a total of 491 tons and damaged 2 for 15,516 tons."

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7 responses

  1. Geir, that is a pretty interesting/appealing looking model. Well done.

  2. sweet...the gold is striking

  3. Nice build on an interesting subject!

  4. 🙂 … Greetings … 🙂 :
    Very nice and respectable models. For their size, they sure have a very striking history.
    A fine tribute model for sure Geir.

  5. I'm with you, Geir: those midgets really appeal to me and reading about the men who crewed them - on both sides - makes you understand why that generation is known at the Greatest Generation.

  6. Very cool! You're weathering work looks great, and the subject gives new meaning to the term "lone wolf."

  7. Incredible job, on an incredible weapon. First class!

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