WCM U-boat Type VIIC turm I 1/400

Well, this project resurrected a couple of weeks ago, just in time for Easter. Some parts were missing or broken, therefore I had to revert to some scratch-building using stretched sprue, bits of plastic sheet and copper wire. I'm planning to display it as a small diorama with a background that I'll paint with oils on canvas. The model won't depict any specific u-boat after all, I'm just aiming to create a suggestive scene in high sea..


More soon.

WCM U-boat Type VIIC turm I 1/400

So, I intended to build this kit has the famous U-96, popularized by the movie Das Boot:


It was an easy build apart from gluing the main photo-etched "bridge", which is too wide and needs some careful sanding. Everything went well until I had the brilliant idea to remove the primer coat (that had been applied too thick), with oven cleaner. This product weakened the superglue, causing the the photo-etched parts to pop off! Hours of careful assembling went down the drain, so I just picked up all the parts and threw them into the spares box...another kit had died on my hands...


(this is how it looked before I ruined it...)

WCM U-boat Type VIIC turm I 1/400

Ok, this is a WCM kit (Warszawskie Centrum Modelarskie), that I bought and built a couple of years ago. It's cheap, offers a nice set of photo-etched parts and is reasonably priced, a quick weekend project, if you like.


This is how it looks built directly out of the box:


Mirage also offers a few u-boat kits in this scale but I believe they're not as detailed (might be more accurate though). Squadron sells photo-etched accessories for these. Here are some photos of built Mirage kits:


There's a vast bibliography about these machines and also a few good websites, namely:


Schiffer - German U-Boat Type VII - Grey Wolves of the Sea
Conway - Anatomy of the Ship. The Type VII U-boat
Ian_Allan - Wolfpacks at War - The U-Boat Experience in World War II
Chatham Publishing - U-Boat War Patrol - The Hidden Photographic Diary of U564
Spearhead 07 - 7th U-Boat Flotilla - Dönitz's Atlantic Wolves
Warship Pictorial 27 - Kriegsmarine Type VII U-Boot
Histoire & Collections - Uboote - 1935-45 The History Of The Kriegsmarine Uboats

The following sites are a great help to understand how these machines were painted and to learn how to build and accurate replica:


Extratech BA-64G part 2-2

Railroad mechanism scratch-built using stretched sprue, Evergreen plasticard and copper wire.


Final shots. They're not very good photographs but my camera broke and this was the best I could do with the camera I borrowed from a friend.


Extratech BA-64G part 1-2

This kit was offered by a friend in September 2007, if I recall correctly. What compeled me to start building it immediately was mostly its sleek look and the fact that I'd never built a Soviet vehicle before.
The kit has a few problems that require some work but I was motivated, so that didn't put me off. You can read a quick review here (don't forget to browse the rest of this very useful site):


More information about the BA-64 can be found in the following sites:




You can also find information about this railway conversion in the above mentioned sites.

The construction started with the removal of the main parts from their casting blocks with a modeling saw. The casting is perfect, no bubbles, as usual from Extratech, but the main body suffers from some geometric problems. Some cutting and sanding was needed and in the end it actually looked like a BA-64. After being primed, some mistakes were sanded off and everything was ready to receive the typical Russian Green, mixed from Tamiya Nato Green and Desert Yellow acrylic colors. The paint job was sealed with acrylic floor wax, some washes were given using oil paints and Modelmaster Flat Lacquer was used as a final matt coat.

As you can see, I had to use some spacers to correct the distance between the wheels, according to scale plans:


I also scratch-built some details like the exhaust, the from grill and some handles:


Mr Surfacer 500 diluted with lacquer thinner was used as a primer. The green was painted with Tamiya colors:


A little base was needed, therefore, I made a simple frame from a strip of wood with a nice profile and some balsa wood too. The rails were made from Evergreen I-beams (item #273)and the ground was made with wall spackle: