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U-201, "Coming Home", August 1942

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MSW crew-mate Jan Klarbęk (MrMox) shares a fine article of his build of Revell Models 1/72 scale VII C submarine kit, built as U-201, in this MSW Feature!

This is the rather old Revell1:72 type VII C submarine in its early incarnation with deck-gun and without the snorkel. Its built up as U-201.

The U-201 returned from its 7th patrol on August the 8th “42, having sunk 6 ships - it was the last patrol with Adelbert Schnee as captain. It allowed me to do the boat as it looked returning to Brest with the double snowman emblem, victory pennants and a lined up crew on the deck - and a heavy weathering after a long patrol around Freetown and in the Atlantic.

I have had this kit laying around the last 2 years, without really getting anything done. My prime concern was, how to display the boat - initially I planned on showing it full hull, but making a scene with a full hull boat is somewhat static unless fitted into a dock - so I ended up cutting the hull down to waterline.

Aside from cutting the hull to pieces, I used among other things, the Modelbrass etch set that contains a beautiful brass deck, the White Ensign update set for flood, drain and vent holes, the CMK update set for the guns and turret and a pressure hull scratch-build in sheet styrene.

The pressure-hull is needed when you build the boat with open flood-holes and deck, but only as a representation of the p-hull, as not much is visible trough the small and badly lit flood-holes. The trick is to stop before getting carried away in detailing something that never will be seen again.

As I have put in a new deck in the conning tower, I also had to scratch the conning tower as it will be visible from above...laziness got the better of me, so I didn't show the hatch open!

Water is a mix of methods inspired by Tailor's (Guido Hopp) builds - sea is relatively calm with "lazy" waves build up with styro-pour and plaster - on top is wrinkled aluminum foil to depict the smaller waves within the bigger waves, and to finish it off after painting, it got a layer of acrylic gel to add some depth and to seal the boat to the surrounding sea. Painting of the sea was done with artist oils.

The boat is painted with a mix of different acrylics - Lifecolor, Vallejo and Tamiya, Figures are mostly painted with Humbrol. Weathering is done with oils.
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About the Author

About Jan Klarbęk (MrMox)
FROM: AARHUS, DENMARK

I want more hours in my day ....


Comments

Hi Jan! It was fun following your progress on this one. From your build description, you must have spent almost as much on aftermarket stuff as you did on the original kit! It all came off beautifully, and in 1:72 scale, the opportunities for individual vignettes put life into the presentation--I especially like the crewman lighting up, though I hope the captain missed that since everyone else is manning the rail for the return... Great work! --Karl
AUG 04, 2010 - 12:16 PM
Hello Jan, beautifully done! Al
AUG 04, 2010 - 12:58 PM
Thanks guys! Karl, yes, especially if you count the figures in. But then again, the Modelbrass set for the complete deck - inclusive the bridge is actually quite fairly priced at $ 40,- so its not that bad Compared with some of the Hasegawa offerings in 1:350 with etch, I think this is a relatively cheep project. Cheers/Jan
AUG 05, 2010 - 01:33 AM
A very nice looking diorama with just enough going on with the figures to see this is a working submarine, its not over-complicated and doesn't distract the eye to much, if I were to say was it luck or skill, what side of the fence would you fall ? No, I do like this especially the way everything comes together.
AUG 05, 2010 - 11:06 AM
That is a beautifully done Dio. You should be very happy with your results...Cheers Mark
AUG 06, 2010 - 11:03 AM
Very nice display Jan.
AUG 06, 2010 - 10:42 PM
amazing build, stunning work! thanks again for sharing
AUG 09, 2010 - 08:43 AM
especially good figures, the clothing of the men lined up aft looks very real, and waving guy is a good touch - very well done
AUG 14, 2010 - 08:02 PM
Top notch work!!
AUG 19, 2010 - 04:41 PM
Thanks guys, very kind of you! I had to replace much of the rigging. the material used started to sag and wrinkle and I didn“t help to heat it to make it contract - so it all got replaced with some wire from a computorcord - I believe its some mix of silver, so it should be more of a longterm solution. Actually it was much easier to work with than what I originally used. Thanks again Cheers/Jan
AUG 20, 2010 - 01:42 AM
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