Uboat Type II B (1943), Revell 1/144
Good day all,
As far as I can remember, I have always build airplanes, even when I modelled at a (much) younger age.
Recently I received an invitation to join the 'Naval ships and boats' group from David Kopielski @davids_models, thanks David.
Although having no modelling experience at all on floating vehicles, I really liked the idea of this group and headed over to the local modelling store to see if I could find something interesting.
To have a not so difficult kit I chose this tiny German submarine type IIB from Revell in 1/144 scale.
It 'just' consists of 55 parts, not counting the antenna wires.
Sprues look nice, except they lack numbers next to the parts, you have to look them up in the manual which has the sprues drawn and numbers indicate the parts. Ofcourse there are only 55 parts so you can easily recognize them.
Just a few decals which did came on quite nice, even the flag is a decal and did apply nicely after some fidling.
Advantage of building a submarine (at least this one) is that there is no interior which you have to work on, glueing the two halves together gives you alreay the main shape of the model. External parts however, like the periscope, are extending a lot and therefore fragile when applying before the paintwork. Therefore I build the main structure at first and get that painted before applying those fragile parts.
Colors used for the camouflage are a mixture of Vallejo acrylics which I have available, so likely not representing the real colors. I also did some weathering using Tamiya panel liner, Vallejo wash (rust) and pigments. Improvements that can still be done is the grinding, this is something which is not yet going well on most of my builds, not only this one.
Although boats are not really my thing, the invitation for this wonderful group build made me think out of the box. It was, like mentioned by our friend Erik (@airbum) a 'dive' into a different world.
I enjoyed building this Uboat a lot, fitting is nice and the number of parts is sufficient to have a first look into boat modelling.
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