Arriving next week, the first pull from a completely revamped Darnell mold.
The old Darnell mold of this great looking submarine was pretty beaten up, after 40 years. That, coupled with the fact that the previous owner did a lousy (in my opinion) job of laying up the resin, made my first model build a nightmare. The mold was beaten up because this model was THE favorite! There must still be hundreds of them in ponds all over the world.
HOWEVER! The new owner has taken heed of my criticisms (and there were many). He has repaired the molds, putting new edges along the cut lines, rebuilding areas where chunks had broken away, and fixed many minor defects.
Most importantly, he has fixed the problems I had getting the top hull to fit the bottom by making a bulkhead in the forward end of the top of the hull. Now the two pieces mate together extremely well. With this problem overcome, this has to be a sweet boat. There are plenty of them around, and in the water they look really good, dangerous, killers - sort of sexy.
The boat takes a Sub-driver 3.5/2 and 1" propellers. It will be supplied with dive planes, but I am hoping to persuade The Wizard to make a fittings kit for this boat. I prefer the forward plane made from brass or aluminum sheet, as the ones supplied are too thick.
Over 50 of these boats were made, and each one of them has a different look. My own favorite - HMS Sibyl had the domed conning tower with the three portholes, which make it much more BRITISH than the lipped tower as supplied. (I think that makes it look like a German U boat (wash my mouth with soap and water)
Modifying this model should be fairly straightforward. I have a DVD with LOTS of S Class boats. John Lambert also has several plans - great detail and reasonably priced. [url]lambert-plans.com[/url]
Also arriving T Class British, U & P Class Germa UBoats and a Biber
We were thinking that we'd have to cut these models in half to reduce freight, but another $40 a model covered the dimensional weight charges for long thin packages.
The S & T Class, runs approx $650 - much less expensive that the OTW model
PM me if you are interested in snapping up these models.