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Future release: U-boot 1/144 sectional model

Postby Gerwalk » Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:25 pm

I have just found this in HLJ (http://www.hlj.com/product/TAR96141?nav=rss). The model will be a finished model and will come in 16 sections in the typical gashapon style. If they do the same kind of work as they did with their Tiger I (http://www.hlj.com/product/TAR96001) we will have a fine model of the interiors of a U-boot soon!

Price? 65$

When? June 07
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Postby Gerwalk » Fri Jul 06, 2007 10:42 am

Release: late july

It will come in different color schemes, also the interior will have different color weathering: as released -yard finish- or weathered after patrol. 8)

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Arrived!

Postby Gerwalk » Tue Aug 21, 2007 1:48 pm

The u-boat(s) arrived!! Two of them come in on box!! One is U-552 (Topp)and the other is U-201 (Schnee). The color scheme is excellent down to minor details. U-201 has the interior worn out (dirty look) while U-552 has its interior pristine.
photos soon!
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Postby Mylo » Tue Aug 21, 2007 4:57 pm

AWE-SOME

Please post your pics.

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Postby Gerwalk » Wed Aug 22, 2007 1:36 pm

After opening the 16 smaller boxes (each section comes in a small box) I've found that the u-552 is the one with a darker hue and u-201 comes with a "new" look. I think that the whole crew is represented in the models, some of them sleeping, others in the control room, others in the CT, etc.
The only thing about these little guys is that they are unpainted, made of soft plastic and they have a base.
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Postby JWLaRue » Wed Aug 22, 2007 8:51 pm

Anyone locate a North American distributor for these?

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Postby Mylo » Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:34 pm

Sounds like a VERY cool display, particularly if the modeller does a little detail and fine finishing to it.

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Postby Gerwalk » Mon Aug 27, 2007 1:41 pm

JWLaRue wrote:Anyone locate a North American distributor for these?

-tnx,

Jeff


Why not directly from HLJ? They reliable (I'm buying from them since 1998) and in a couple of weeks or so you receive your package at home.
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Postby Gerwalk » Mon Sep 03, 2007 8:32 am

Some photos of my U-201.
Boxes:

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All the sections:

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Bow (I wonder what the white arm over the torpedo tubes does?)

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Crew compartments (note the guy on his throne...)

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Command center (here are most of the off-scale parts, the periscopes, railings, etc. but it looks good nevertheless!)

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Engine room. The induction valve and all the air intake and exhaust pipes can be seen.

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Stern section (note the extra torp under the floor and food supplies hanging from the roof of the engines compartment -there is food everywhere!)

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Starboard view:

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The model is now on my bookshelf. I will build a nice case for it ASAP.

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There are many things that can be improved: paint the crewmen, remove their bases, realign some parts, scratch build railings, periscope tubes, add lights (I would love to put some blue and red lights) but in all is an excellent and unique model of a Typ VIIC with accurate interiors.
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Postby raalst » Mon Sep 03, 2007 3:51 pm

Bow (I wonder what the white arm over the torpedo tubes does?)


as far as I can decipher from VOzM typ VIIc,
it is probably the anchor winch. a bit oversized
maybe.

Jeff will have the definitive answer shortly, I am sure. Jeff, challenge !

nice model anyway.
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Postby Gerwalk » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:12 pm

Thanks Raalts,
You are correct. I've checked my Anatomy of the ship book and it is what you said. but it is way oversized! Hmm, more things to "fix". In any case is a much better model than those from Revell (i.e. Type VIIb and Type XXI)
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Postby raalst » Mon Sep 03, 2007 4:25 pm

I agree it looks like that, I was expecting to find a
high pressure air container for ejecting the torps.

But VOzM shows annotated cut-throughs on page
62, and it says there
"ankerspillantrieb". Also, on page 61, there is a drawing containing 3 overviews, upper one again says
"ankerspillantrieb".

JEFF !! Help ! :D
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Postby JWLaRue » Mon Sep 03, 2007 7:39 pm

Hi guys,

"Ankerspillantrieb" translates literally to "anchor capstan drive mechanism", which makes sense. If you have access to the Fritz Köhl drawings, that part on the model corresponds to the manual linkage in the forward torpedo room that is directly below and connected to the capstan, both in turn linked to the anchor winch.

That long white horizontal tube in the model is the shaft connecting the capstan and manual wheel to the vertical ring forward that represents the anchor winch.

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