Plastic Model Kits

OK, I’ve started building one or two plastic model kits. Military and other – here we go.

Beginners Guides

Scale model help

Beginners Guides at Military Modelling is a useful resource – heck the whole site is useful.

Model Blog about colours for model painting – lots of useful videos.

Type XXI U-boot

Uboot XXI_BoxA 1:144 scale Revell kit of the Type XXI U-boot, German submarine with interior detail.
Instruction booklet

As with most models a little research goes a long way and I became very interested in the history of the type 21 U-boots. this particular models design is actually¬† taken from the ‘Wilhelm Bauer’ (originally designated U-2540) at Bremerhaven Germany. Link

Here is my completed model:

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Just to get started, I assembled the mast (conning tower) and put it to one side.
Next was the interior ‘pressure hull’ with extensive painting. The bunk beds had a little blanket placed on each one:-).

The two halves of the outer hull was dry fitted with the pressure hull many times to get the correct fit, removing plastic from the rear of the bulkheads as needed. Once the two halves was finally glued and sanded, I added some ribbing between the hulls at the correct spacing, made from card!

The display stand shows the blueprint for the actual U2540. The idea for putting it on the stand was not mine but inspired by this build found on the internet. Andre Middledorf  Рthanks.