I wanted to add some thoughts about this kit. I figure anyone that wants to R/C this version will do exactly the same as what they did for the first version.
OK. Let's see...
Paint and decals for at least 8 boats. Interestingly, 3 or 4 boats have the yellow training stripe on the tower, and ended up being sunk in "Operation Deadlight". U-995 in 2 variations can be built.
UZO is still short and off center. I'll double check references; perhaps on the VIIc/41 it's supposed to be...
The deck is depicted as the later war wooden slat deck- both the main deck and the CT decks. Having a wood or photoetch would definitely add to the model, as there are no slots opened in the plastic.
Detail for the guns is OK; turned brass would help here, as would turned scopes. Also the armor shields are a bit thick, and would be much more scale in photoetch. The various antenna would be much nicer if they were done in photoetch as well. (mattress (hohtentweil (spelling?)) antenna and "bali", (I think...)
Nice detail on the tower itself. Railings are not oversized at first glance, and none of mine arrived damaged. In fact, Revell has added some foam padding to the inside of the kit box to protect the long hull halves during shipping. Both early Type VIIs I bought had damage to the bows; nothing broken in this kit.
The limber holes and drain slots seem to be the same generic placement and style as the first version.
Deck gun is omitted, of course. Interestingly, the magnetic compass housing is still attached to the front of the tower, instead of the separate rectangular box. Checkeing reference material here would dictate whether that's correct or not.
Anchor is still a bit too far over the bow planes.
Nice details on the life raft cannisters and ready ammo containers. The model includes a pretty detailed schnorkel well, and the schnorkel mast can be raised and lowered. (I haven't had a chance to examine the schnorkel head to see how detailed it is).
All in all, if one were to build this Out Of Box, it would be a quick build, and would make an impressive model. I'll probably wait for some aftermarket stuff to come out before I start on it. Overall, I think Revell has hit another home run with this kit. I'm looking forward to seeing the Gato in this scale, like lots of you. But if you haven't gotten the first version of the Type VII, then this later version would be a great model to own.
what were once vices are now habits