The German U-Boot Type VII C was the workhorse of the Kriegsmarine during WW2. Designed in 1933-1934,, between 1940 and 1945 a total of 568 of this type were built. Equipped with 5 torpedo tubes, 4 at the front and one at the rear it could carry up to 11 torpedos. It also carried a 88 mm gun with 160 shells on the deck. The Type VII C is probably the most famous U-Boats of them all, as U-96 was the boat that served as the decor in the book ‘Das Boot’ and the movie based on the book.
Speaking of the U-96, markings of this iconic ship are in this kit as one would expect. So if you’re making a Das Boot diorama look no further. Unless you absolutely need decals with Swastikas.
It comes in the old style Revell SOB (Side Opening Box) with the as usual nice artwork on the front. IN this box we find the usual stuff. The whole kit is as usual contained in one plastic bag. The hull of the boat looks pretty great, with some nice detailing and well defined ‘holes’ in the side of the hull and rivets where they should appear. The deck piece is even more detailed, and this looks even better and has no flash. The smaller bits like the railings, propellers and guns do have some small flash, but look reasonably well. Despite that, the railings look a bit too thick, but this is a media limitation, the soft grey plastic Revell uses is probably not the best to mold thin pieces of plastic in. But weirdly, the included stand had a large piece of flash stuck to it, but that is easily removable. The guns, both the 88 mm deck gun and the auxiliary AA gun mounted on the rear of the turret look reasonably well. And as I’m writing this I was doing some Googling into this kit, and it appears to be ‘just’ a downscaled variant of their 1/144 or 1/72 scale kit.
If the out of scale railings bother you, Revell has a PE set availble under number 00706. It would double the cost of your project instantly however, so unless you really don’t like the look of the overscale I would stick with the stock one. Unless you break them, which isn’t that hard. And the PE set doesn’t come with a replacement for the guns, so in my eyes it doesn’t really matter.
Decals and color schemes
The decal sheet is a rather small affair, with some Kriegsmarine ensigns sans Swastika, a few emblems and signs for the included stand. All are in good register and look -as usual- pretty good. The color schemes are not especially exciting, I doubt any U-Boot had any kind of camouflage. So it’s your average grey scheme: Granite grey, Dust grey and Greyish Blue. But the included U-Boats are well known. These are:
- 🇩🇪 Kriegsmarine: 7 U-Flotille, U-96, Atlantic Ocean, 1940
- 🇩🇪 Kriegsmarine: 7 U-Flotille, U-552, North Atlantic, 1942
- 🇩🇪 Kriegsmarine: 29 U-Flotille, U-81, Mediterranean Sea, 1942
The U-96 was the U-Boot featured in the Das Boot novel and movie, the U-552 sank the first US warship in the war, the Destroyer USS Reuben James (DD-245) on October 31, 1941. The U-81 was the boat that sank the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal, off the coast of Gibraltar on 13 November 1941.
This is a nice little U-Boot with some nice historic options. And now that Revell has released a 1/720 scale HMS Ark Royal kit I’m secretly hoping for a 1/720 scale release for this one. This is probably not the best kit for beginners, with the delicate small parts, but because it is a submarine it is fairly easy and fast to build and paint. I think it’s a good and cheap way to practice your weathering skills, as ships that spend any time out on the Atlantic don’t tend to come back all neat and tidy.
- Vehicle: U-Boot Type VII C
- Manufacturer: Revell
- Scale: 1/350
- Kit#: 05093
- Released: 2009
- Length: 19.2 cm
- Price: € 10