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1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Tom Dougherty » Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:37 pm

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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby sam reichart » Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:45 pm

Tom Dougherty wrote:Just announced by Bronco:
http://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=165810

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How much, and when?
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby salmon » Tue Oct 30, 2012 10:26 pm

That is exciting news! Thank you for finding this. I wonder when it will be released.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Sub culture » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:05 am

Their Seehund is a very nice piece, so I would expect this to be the same.

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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Giovanni » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:11 pm

It would be nice to know what size WTC will fit inside the hull.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Sub culture » Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:50 pm

It should measure about 3.3" across the beam at that scale. Allowing a bit of clearance for the plastic thickness, that means a maximum of a 3" WTC. However that is likely to project above the waterline when surfaced, so if you wish to keep everything below the waterline, then probably 2.5" is about right.

The other alternative is to install a shelf in the middle of the figure-of-eight hull, and make it a dry hull with bayonet seal. Just like the original!
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Giovanni » Wed Oct 31, 2012 2:53 pm

That may make a better way to go.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby sam reichart » Wed Oct 31, 2012 7:15 pm

I gotta get one of these.
Figure it will be about the same size as the 32nd Parallel kit, but in styrene the detail will be awesome.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby sam reichart » Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:23 pm

Any word at all if this will be available before the end of the year?
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby herrmill » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:11 am

Expect sometime first, possibly second quarter 2013, since they're still doing test shots.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby sam reichart » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:19 am

herrmill wrote:Expect sometime first, possibly second quarter 2013, since they're still doing test shots.

thanks Chuck. Hope all is well your way...
you going to be able to get your hands on one or two?
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby herrmill » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:30 am

Thanks Sam! Yes, life is good & I even have my eldest son is here now in Hangzhou managing a new restaurant & bar. If anyone's passing through the area, let me know & I'll be happy to get you the best table in the house!

Hope too once its released to replace that poor attempt I did with someone who shall not be mentioned a few years back with that small Special Navy kit.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Warpatroller » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:46 pm

I didn't notice this thread until after I started the one in the Static Model section.. Oh, well..

This video is pretty cool. Oto Gerza's 1:35 vacformed XXIII with photo-etch detail parts. I like how the captain, and his first watch officer, magically appear and disappear on the bridge. Functional torpedoes, retractable scope and schnorkel.. Pretty slick! You'd never know it was a vac-form boat from looking at the finished model. It is like a 32nd P. with better scale detail. He has underwater camera shots, sound effects. This guy should come to the Sub Regatta! It is making me want to break out my 32nd P. and release it from its cardboard coffin (plastered with "Please handle with care FRAGILE" stickers)..

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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby sam reichart » Sun Dec 30, 2012 9:05 pm

Damnit. I have to get to work on my Type XXIII.
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Re: 1/35 Scale Type XXIII U-Boat

Postby Warpatroller » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:16 pm

sam reichart wrote:Damnit. I have to get to work on my Type XXIII.


Yeah, you and me both..

Edit time..
Man, it has been a while since I've been on here.. I found the Rogue Subs posts regarding the Gerza kits.. I now remember his announcement about the XXIII and XXI from almost 2 years ago, I had forgotten about that. With all the fees, shipment hassle from Europe, and the 100% vacform parts on carrier sheets, it looks like that is not a good choice for us USA guys. I'll just stick with my old school, American made 32nd P. and keep the Chinese BRONCO kit in mind as a future alternative if and when it ever gets released. It's probably not going to be as sturdy and strong as the 32nd P. hull and it won't have those cool gas powered torpedo launchers, nor come with a resin replica U-Boat badge, or a grenade proof Pittman motor..
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