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  • U Boat Type XXIII build

    I bought a 1/144 scale ICM U-Boat model a few years back. (British N scale)

    Only cost $10, and I was actually going to use it to kitbash into a spaceship. But have now decided to do it as a sub.


    Regards Rob

    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

    My current build.

    https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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    Even by N scale standards, this is a small model. Only 24cm / 9.5 " long

    These subs were only for coastal duties so were half the size of the more famous Type VII ones used throughout the Atlantic. (of which I have one of those to build also).

    Very basic kit. Only 23 parts. For me, this is more to practice some weathering.


    Regards Rob

    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

    My current build.

    https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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    • #3
      First thing I did was carve on some panel lines.



      And drill out some of the flood holes.

      The very small holes I will just paint black.

      Way too small for me to worry about.





      These holes are 0.3 of a millimetre


      Regards Rob

      Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

      My current build.

      https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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      • #4
        Here's one I ran across a couple of weeks ago. His problem he didn't use fine rods to support the sub and mines. You can see the rods through the resin. I was wondering if he had used casting resin to make the rods would that have been better.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM_-WBmbNJc


        Frank

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        • #5
          Now that is different for sure. Glad to see you kept it as a sub. I can see something like that placed into the front of a layout fascia dock scene, set in EnviroTex Lite seen under water effect. Looking forward to you build Rob.


          Louis L&R Western Railroad
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #6
            Rob, this looks like a fun little project to submerge yourself into!

            So is it a left or right U Boot?

            Greg Shinnie

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            • #7
              After looking at Frank's link to the build video, something like that mounted in front of a layout would is what I was thinking, and would be a great conversation piece.

              Also, I was surprised to here it was in a back yard, this WWII incident happening with the mines and subs. More knowledge.


              Louis L&R Western Railroad
              Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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              • #8
                Thanks all for your interest. Just something different from the trains. I have a lot of military models to do. (too many my wife says)

                Thanks for that video Frank. I admire him detailing such a small scale sub. Looks like 1:350.

                At various modelling shows I've been to, I have even seen them very detailed at 1:700 scale.

                Greg, I'm not sure. It's all German to me.

                Louis, last year I read a history book called WolfPack, all about the U-boats.

                I also read the novel, The Cruel Sea.

                Both fascinating.

                And yes you'd be surprised how close they got to your area of the US, and also Canada.
                Regards Rob

                Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                My current build.

                https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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                • #9
                  Well, the reason the stands are visible is that he used stands in the first place....

                  That's not how you mount models for resin, they should be held from the top while some of the resin is poured and hardened, then the resin should be poured subsequently as to avoid thermal overload on the model.
                  Michael Graff

                  "Deo Adjuvante Labor Proficit"

                  Swedish custom model builder.

                  http://sites.google.com/site/graffairbrushart

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                  • #10
                    Have made some progress. The 2 halves are together.

                    On this model there was no decking, but other brands of the same model do have it.

                    Looking at prototypes, some type XXIII's had it, some didn't. I like the decking so added it using Evergreen V groove siding and strips.




                    Regards Rob

                    Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                    My current build.

                    https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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                    • #11
                      I decided to do a bit of an oil canning effect on the bottom of the hull, using a hobby knife.

                      Not too severe, as these were coastal subs, not the deep Atlantic ones, that suffered a lot more pressure on the hull.

                      And given a grey undercoat.



                      Masked off and brushed on a coat of Tamiya Sky Grey on the upper half of the hull. The grey undercoat is a suitable darker grey for the lower half, with washes to darken it slightly more



                      The conning tower has a white stripe around it.



                      The tape is just painters tape. Applied it just by eyeballing it, as not a long section.





                      Next up I can start the weathering, which is the bit I'm looking forward to.
                      Regards Rob

                      Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                      My current build.

                      https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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                      • #12
                        Rob, this brings me back to my airplane, ship and automobile modeling days. (Pre-College)

                        Bruce

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                        • #13
                          Rob, your improved walkway looks good, and that oil canning technique worked out very well.

                          Greg Shinnie

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                          • #14
                            Interesting project Rob. Looks good .
                            Carl

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                            • #15
                              Thanks, Bruce. Yes, I have about 30 model kits on the shelf, that are nothing to do with trains. Mostly military.

                              I've been collecting over several years, but have been banned from buying anymore, by, She who must be obeyed, until they are all made first.

                              Thanks Greg. Yes the decking is a nice feature.

                              And I couldn't just build it Out of the box.

                              Carl, Thanks for following along. Something a bit different.
                              Regards Rob

                              Despite the cost of living, it's still popular

                              My current build.

                              https://railroad-line.com/node/40644

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