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Mikro-Mir Schertal Hydroplane

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  • Member since
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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Mikro-Mir Schertal Hydroplane
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:14 PM

I picked up this wacky German WW II hydroplane torpedo boat at Scale Model World in Telford a couple of weeks ago.  I have never seen anything about this proposed design, but it grabbed my attention the moment I saw it on a vendor's stand!  Despite it being a limited run kit with some rough edges, I kept peeking into the box from the time it got to the hotel room.  After fighting a cold (another acquisition from my trip), I set upon building it.

pUtA4Q [/url]Schertel-01 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

There's lots of warped parts, rough edges and soft detail to contend with, but the kit has me jazzed for some odd reason.  (The reason may be that it is so odd!)  I really need to get something built to help me out of my modeling funk, so hopefully this is the one.

q9LmHb [/url]Schertel-02 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:54 PM

Interesting build, It looks more like a sub than a torpedo boat..... Although, I guess that what a sub is.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 2:21 PM

Yeah, the hull is most definitely sub-shaped.  It's got crazy looking fore and aft hydroplanes.  I wonder how well the torpedo would clear the forward vanes when it was launched under combat conditions?

pf4mfu [/url]Schertel-05 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

The hydrovanes that are made up of top/bottom pieces will need thinning prior to gluing, normal stuff for a limited run kit.  The one piece vanes just need some cleanup and they will be fine as is.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, December 01, 2014 11:45 AM

I was able to squeeze in a bit of bench time over the Thanksgiving weekend.  Here is the model taped together, and what a weird looking model it is going to be!  The hydrovanes make it look more like a spaceship than a torpedo boat/sub.

pWzVQb [/url]Schertel-011 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

pWGowK [/url]Schertel-012 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

qdXMyT [/url]Schertel-013 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

Being a limited run kit, there are no locator pins or guides, so some must be added to keep everything in line.  I added some angle strip to hold the three part torpedo recess to the hull.

qbZhW1 [/url]Schertel-03 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

The cockpit is made up of only a bulkhead and seat.  The floor is one of the torpedo recess segments.  Not much will be seen unless the hood is left open, so I'll just give it a lick of white for the interior and black/brown for the seat cushions.

pf4mFu [/url]Schertel-04 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

 

 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, December 01, 2014 11:50 AM

G

Was this a concept vessel, or one the Germans actually constructed a prototype of like the Panzer VIII Maus?

Like you said, it looks like a spaceship.....the Botany Bay from Star Trek perhaps.

Cool build.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, December 01, 2014 11:58 AM

Modelcrazy,

I believe the Schertel craft was only a concept.  I can't see the torpedo having a good chance of missing the forward hydrovanes during an attack.  The Germans did experiment with hydrofoils, but I think they were more mundane looking.

I thought about the Botany Bay too when I first looked at the taped together model!

 

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 5:36 PM

Slowly getting to the point where the hull halves can be joined.  I added plastic strip to provide some alignment and additional gluing surface for the poorly fitting parts.  The rear hull will need clamping to match the front.  Still, it's not a serious problem.

q5fgq4 [/url]Schertel-14 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

qmFyAr [/url]Schertel-15 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0] 

The hydrovanes were tricky to align.  I had to break off and reset the front vanes twice to get things halfway decent.  It's not 100% perfect, but it will do.  Lots of trimming/filling/sanding will follow.

q58L2h [/url]Schertel-17 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

I'm now thinking about adding a bit of extra detail to liven things up.

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 5:53 PM

It's going to look cool G-man.

ON THE BENCH

1/25 Monogram 57 Chevy Bel Air
1/144 Trumpeter Kawanishi H6K5-L Mavis

Completing a kit is like cutting the head off a Hydra. Two more replace it in the stash.

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    May, 2011
  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Thursday, December 11, 2014 7:43 PM

Thanks Modelcrazy, I'll try not to disappoint!

I haven't addressed the small detail parts yet, and they will need a bit of work to look presentable.

pUBcF8 [/url]Schertel-08 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

pfhGkn [/url]Schertel-06 by N. T. Izumi, on Flickr:600:0]

The PE props will need some twist, and they fortunately have stubs that can be used as mounting posts.  Gonna try to splash some white paint in the cockpit and black for the seat real soon, so I can close the hull.  Loads of filler and sanding to follow!  Things should move faster then.  Still thinking about a new stand, as the kit one is a little ugly.

 

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  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Sunday, July 16, 2017 9:42 PM

Just curious. What did it turn out like?

                      Dont worry about the thumbprint... paint it rust and call it "Battle damage" !

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, July 17, 2017 9:26 AM

Hey !

 I didn't know that the Germans did space ships for " Star Trek " ?

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, July 17, 2017 9:30 AM

Hey !

 I know this is two years old . Did you finish the vessel ?  I have a Mikr - Mir kit too . It's a small freighter reminiscent of the " Shell Welder ". I picked it up at a flea market in Arizona when I went through there in the R.V.

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  • From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Posted by Real G on Monday, July 17, 2017 5:28 PM

Hey guys, thanks for looking in!  Unfortunately the kit is still not finished.  But - it did move out of the Closet of Doom just last week!  The lion's share of work filling and sanding this putty monster is nearing an end.  I did some additional work since my last post, like make some stuff for the sail (radio antenna, D/F loop, and snorkel type air intake).  The kit's torpedo looked kind of sad so I was planning on pinching one from an Italeri Biber.  Interesting that Mikro-Mir appears to have tried to copy the Italeri torpedo surface details as they match really well.

https://flic.kr/p/yVvCqS] [/url]Schertel-027 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

As I am seriously lagging in the sub warfare GB, I pulled this kit and Bronco's Seehund out to see if I could finish one.  The Seehund wins as its level of detail puts the Schertel to shame.  I'll get the Schertel up to speed as soon as I can.  Promise!

https://flic.kr/p/WryLC3] [/url]Seehund-02 by N.T. Izumi, on Flickr

  • Member since
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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:04 AM

Hmmm;

 Me likum widdle biddy oooh boats . Me can do mine now ? Seriously , that's an unusual vessel , as is the Biber . Can you imagine the volatility if they had used those designs on the bigger attack boats ?

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    July, 2010
  • From: Tempe AZ
Posted by docidle on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:29 PM

That hydroplane sub is really interesting looking RG. I also like the Seehund you are trying to finish for the GB too. I am in the same boat with my Gato.

       

 

 

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    November, 2009
  • From: SW Virginia
Posted by Gamera on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:39 AM

Oh wow G, missed this the first time around. Now that's something different! 

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