Bob Gesking has generously offered up a Revell 144th kit of the Type VII D minelayer.
Revell German Submarine Typ VII D 1:144 [rev05009 (05009)]
One of the most important weapons used in marine warfare was the mine. In order to bring this weapon close to the enemy shipping lanes, the German Navy used special submarines. The type VII D was a lengthened sub-variant of the successful type VII C battle submarine. To enable it to transport and lay type SMA moored mines a section with five mine silos each holding 3 SMA mines was incorporated behind the conning tower. This extended the overall length by 9.80 metres. As these submarines were otherwise the same as the type VIIC (unlike the large mine layers) they could be used to attack enemy vessels in the Battle of the Atlantic. The six subs (U-213 - U-218) were built at the Germania shipyard at Kiel and engaged in a total of 31 operations against the enemy. They sank 10 ships with a total of 42,622 GRT. By the end of the war five of these submarines had been sunk and became iron coffins for 241 submariners. Only U-218 survived the war and arrived in Bergen, Norway on 8.5.1945. This one finally sank during Operation Deadlight on 4.12.1945 while towing HMS Southdown.
- New mould (in 2006)
- Detailed conning tower
- Mine silo section behind tower
- Highly detailed hull with representations of rivets and welds
- Long hull version with mine throwing area
- Imitation flooding vents
- Detailed deck
- Detailed rudder and propellers
- Periscope can be extended and retracted into different positions
- Detailed tower bridge and side walls
VERSIONS: Decals for 6 submarines
COMPLETED SIZE: 531 mm
PARTS: 85 Injected Plastic
Bob has also offered up some servos for the prize table.
Many thanks, Bob!