Type VIIC U-Boat
"Die Grauen Wölfe"
Starboard hull half of
Revell's Type VIIC U-Boat, held by Sebastian T. Green, aged 4.
His first words after the box was opened were "Can we put this
Revell of Germany
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Catalogue Number and Description
||05015 - German
U-Boat Type VIIC "Wolf Pack"
Contents and Media:
||135 parts in
grey styrene; 1 spool of thread
£39.99 for European Union purchasers;
£34.03 elsewhere; plus postage. Available online from Hannants
size (to say the least!) at 933mm; excellent surface and
structural detail; two alternate conning towers; optional bow
cutter; some moveable features; separate torpedo doors; fair detail
on deck guns; simple parts breakdown will ensure broad appeal even
to relatively inexperienced modellers.
are nicely recessed but not open
FirstLook by Brett Green
It is barely a year since Trumpeter's 1/350 scale Hornet signalled a new
era for injection moulded maritime models.
The end of 2003 brings us another remarkable
milestone - Revell's 1/72 scale German U-Boat Type VIIIC "Wolf Pack".
The inescapable first impression of this model is its
size. The box is huge, and every centimetre is required to squeeze in the
hull halves diagonally.
At 933mm, this model is even longer than Trumpeter's
The next impression is the quality of these enormous
mouldings. Structural details are raised where appropriate, and deeply
recessed for the mass of flooding holes. Looking more closely, rivet
detail is also present. These lines of rivets are raised but
On the real boat, the flooding holes were open.
Drilling out these holes will be well worth the effort in this large
The remaining parts are extremely nice too. The deck
and conning tower components are especially noteworthy. Wintergarten
railings look to be in-scale, while smaller features such as the deck
guns are adequately detailed. However, there is plenty of potential to
super-detail the 88mm gun in particular.
Options and features abound. The forward torpedo doors
are supplied as separate parts and may be displayed open. Two styles
of conning tower are supplied. An optional cable cutter for the bow is
also provided. Periscope and vents may be positioned up, down or
anywhere in between. Hydroplanes are movable. The list of goodies is
A spool of thread is supplied for the aerial rigging,
with plastic parts for the floats.
A stand is also included - essential for the display
of this full-hull vessel.
For such a big model, the overall parts count of 135
is quite modest. This approach will ensure that even modellers with
only a moderate amount of experience will be capable of finishing the
Markings for five boats are supplied (with one of
these including early and late versions). There are some differences
in conning towers, fittings and rigging between these boats, so make
your decision about which version you are building early in
construction, and pay close attention to the instructions!
What can I say but "Wow"?
Revell's 1/72 scale U-Boat Type VIIC is impressive in many respects.
Its sheer size is remarkable. Surface detail is appropriate, and
engineering is sound and as simple as possible for such an ambitious
project. Options are worthwhile and smaller parts are nicely detailed.
The production of this kit in the well-established scale of 1/72 lends
potential for existing and new figures and accessories to enhance the
model. CMK has already released the first of three U-Boat crew sets, and I
am certain that more companies will follow with alternate armament and
conning tower configurations.
Even better news is that Revell's price tag is very reasonable for such
a large kit.
2003 really has been a great year for maritime modellers!
Thanks to Hannants
for the review sample
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