WWII German Submarine
U-Boot type XXIII
ICM, 1/144 scale
S u m m a r
Catalogue Number and Description
S.004 U-Boot Type XXIII.
Contents and Media:
moulded plastic parts on one sprue, decals for three boats, A4
double sided instructions with history, parts plan, build diagram
and paint/decal drawings.
||At about ten
inches [25.5 cm] long, this model is large enough for the extensive
surface detail to be seen and appreciated, some of the finest
moulding in plastic I have ever seen.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
This is the first chance I have had to look at an
ICM kit other than their two 1/72 scale Bf 109Es. I have to say, I am
ICM's 1/144 scale Type XXIII U-Boat is a simple kit comprising only 24
parts, but quality is not compromised. Extensive surface detail is by
combination of raised and crisply recessed detail, and is very well
If it wasnít for the fact that some of the parts
are so finely moulded, this would be a good kit for beginners. However,
some of those very small parts havenít fared too well during transit and
were broken, but I donít think itís the fault of the parts being so
small as much as the transport method. Some tiny parts had partially
detached from the sprue and some had simply broken on it. The conning
tower deck insert has warped. I think all these parts can be fixed but
it might might put a beginner off.
With only 24 parts, ICM's U-Boat will be a very quick build and
therefore the focus will be on the painting. Colours are called out on
the instructions in Model Master paints but more importantly there is a
fair amount of information around at the moment on late war U-boat
colours. WEM produce the appropriate colour in their Colorcoat range of
enamels and information on those colours can be found on the net at
sites like U-boat Colours.com and others.
The decals are nicely printed and cover three boats, one war-time
German, U-2322, one Russian, N-31 used till 1953 and one scuttled
war-time boat, raised in 1956 and used by the West Germans. Of course,
none of them have many markings on them so donít expect to spend a lot
of time decaling.
Overall, ICM's Type XXIII U-Boat is a very impressive package. The Type
XXIIIs were pretty small but in 1/144 scale the model is big enough to
appreciate all that lovely detail.
ICM for the review sample
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