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Grauer Wolf in 1/72
Type VIIC U-Boat Preview

Revell of Germany


Previewed by André Kröcher

Revell's 1/72 scale Type VIIC U-Boat may be ordered online from Squadron



André Kröcher has supplied the following information and images about an exciting new release due later this year:


Here are the first detailed sprue photos of Revell's forthcoming Type VIIC U-Boat, unpacked recently for members of the "Hans Grade" model club in Berlin.

The new kit consists of around 127 individual parts but its sheer size is captivating.

The length of the hull is 940mm.

Surrface detail is generally very good., although it is a little too heavy in places. Even so, this does not impact on the the impressive overall effect.



The multitude of flooding holes are recessed, but are not completely hollowed out. Opening up these holes will be well worth the effort in this large scale.

The torpedo hatches on both sides of the nose are well represented and supplied as separate parts. They can be positioned open or closed.

Revell has obviously gone to a lot of trouble with this kit. The parts breakdown suggest that several versions VIIC of the type can be built, so naval modellers with plenty of display space will be very pleased!

It is even possible that this model might be adapted to radio control. We will see...



The floor of the Wintergarten can be seen here. The sea-pipes are installed in the round openings. These will be moveable, up and down.

There are two different conning towers in the kit - one with diesel-engine-inlets on top of the conning-tower sides and one with the inlets on the upper-outwards conning-tower-sides.

There will be parts for the hydraulic-radio-antenna, which was positioned on the left side of the conning tower.

There will be extra optional splash-protectors to be glued on the left and right side of the deck in the position of the 8.8 cm sea-gun, and at the upper front of the conning-tower.

An optional bow cutter will also be supplied.

With so many different conning towers fitted to Type VII U-Boats, we can expect a small explosion of after market accessories in the coming months!



The low price strategy of Revell means that some of the smaller details are compromised. However, it is possible that the kit price will be around 50 Euros, and that is consistent with the low prices in toy departments of chain stores.


Images and Text Copyright © 2003 by André Kröcher
Additional information courtesy of Andreas Duda
This Page Created on 24 October, 2003
Last updated 17 December, 2003

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