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Revell U-505 kit
Posted by fuzznoggin on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 7:12 AM

Had this Revel U-505 kit on the self for 2 decades and decided it was time to build it. Not a bad kit at 21" long.  But not the 505 since it was a Type IX-C and I believe the actual model is a type VIIC.  Anyway, I just wanted to build a U-Boat so here she is.  Tamiya XF paints used via airbrush. Weathering and stains done with white artist pencil and AK panel liner and washes. Next up is the diorama of the U-Boat heading back from patrol.  Please, this build is not 150% accurate so "Artistic License" applies to the build.

 

 

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:17 AM

Nicely done! YesYesYes

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:20 AM

Looks good.  Looking forward to the dio.  I think I tried that kit and had issues getting the deck to fit.

Thanks,

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Posted by lurch on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 8:34 AM

That looks great. can't wait for the dio. Isnt that the sub thats on display in chicago?

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:25 AM

Very realistic weathering!

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 11:59 AM

lurch
Isnt that the sub thats on display in chicago?

Yessiree! Proudly captured in June 1944 by Task Force 22.3 with CVE60 USS Guadalcanal, Capt. Daniel V. Gallery, commanding.

Gallery was an Annapolis graduate, former air racer and Devastator pilot. He was awarded the DSM, later served in the Korean War and as Assistant CNO.

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Posted by fuzznoggin on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:09 PM

@ Keavdog.... "I think I tried that kit and had issues getting the deck to fit."

Yes, this did have some fit issues with the dech required a bit of sanding.  Better that the 1:700 Revell I finished after this one.   Albiet nicely detailed, it was a nightmare putting together.  Of course, I have Vienna Sausage Fingers too, so that scale was way too small for me.

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 12:45 PM

fuzznoggin, that looks great!  Love the weathering that you did.  Those German WWII U-Boats came back from their patrols looking pretty weathered and worn.  I'm trying to picture the kit that you used, what scale was it?

tjs

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Posted by fox on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 10:32 PM

Nice build! Toast Toast Toast

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Posted by fuzznoggin on Thursday, May 26, 2022 5:55 AM

@ Mr Tom :   I believe the kit was 1:125 scale    It's 21" in length.

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Thursday, May 26, 2022 8:17 AM

Thanks fuzznoggin!  I have the same kit but the U-99 boxing.  Did you drill out all of the limber holes on yours?

tjs

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:17 AM

Beautifully done! You are correct that U-505 was a Type IX C while that this Revell kit is of a Type VII C. U-505 has been correctly modeled by Revell of Germany in 1/72 scale.

The model you built is an older kit but was extremely nice in its day. Revell also modeled a poor USS Growler or Lionfish; the two were interchangeable.

Their U-505 kit was also released as U-99 and U-47. Revell even went so far as to differentiate the two different "conning towers" (never a submarine term; they are called fairwaters by the Navy and sails by submariners.)  They also released the kit showing a fictional interior, but the interior could be modifed to reflect reality with after market products.

All this said, Revell has also released a series of German U-Boats in 1/144 that are extremely well detailed. Sub variants of Type VIIs and IXs abound, including the interesting VII D Minelayer.

Again, great job!

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:26 AM

There seems to be some confusion here. U-505 was a Type IX C. She was the boat captured by Daniel Gallery's task force and is on display in Chicago.  This model is of a Type VII C, the most numerous class of submarine ever built. The two are very different, although they share some traits. There are many exceptional boats that could fit this model, including U-47 (Prien) and U-99 (Kretschner), depending on the sail. The after edge of the sail on U-47 leaned forward, the U-99 aft.

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Posted by fuzznoggin on Thursday, May 26, 2022 12:55 PM

MR TOM SCHRY
. Thanks fuzznoggin!  I have the same kit but the U-99 boxing.  Did you drill out all of the limber holes on yours?

tjs



Tom, I did not.  I added some AK black panel liner to those holes.  Thought about it, but didn't find the kit having the detail justifying it.

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:01 PM

warshipguy
All this said, Revell has also released a series of German U-Boats in 1/144 that are extremely well detailed. Sub variants of Type VIIs and IXs abound, including the interesting VII D Minelayer.

And a couple of type XXIs.

 

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Posted by fuzznoggin on Thursday, May 26, 2022 1:01 PM

warshipguy

There seems to be some confusion here. U-505 was a Type IX C. She was the boat captured by Daniel Gallery's task force and is on display in Chicago.  This model is of a Type VII C, the most numerous class of submarine ever built. The two are very different, although they share some traits. There are many exceptional boats that could fit this model, including U-47 (Prien) and U-99 (Kretschner), depending on the sail. The after edge of the sail on U-47 leaned forward, the U-99 aft.

Bill Morrison

 

Bill, you are correct and I got my X and I reversed when typing the original descriptuion which has now been edited    Thanks! :)

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Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, May 26, 2022 3:27 PM

Bill

As well as a collection of their more modern boats. I forgot who produces them but there is a 1/144 Type II and Type XXIII as well.  It makes for quite a collection!

Bill

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Posted by JoeSMG on Thursday, May 26, 2022 5:17 PM

Very nice work, you've inspired me to try a sub myself.

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Posted by surfsup on Thursday, May 26, 2022 11:21 PM

Lovely work and I especially like the weathering. Not over the top and nicely restrained.....Cheers mark

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, May 27, 2022 2:52 PM

Norfolk (VA) Naval Museum has a large diorama of the capture of U-505 (which looks to be either 1/96 or 1/72 scale)

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Posted by warshipguy on Saturday, May 28, 2022 8:47 AM

While the model might not be "150% accurate" it is a reasonably accurate model, especially considering when it was first manufactured. True, the Revell 1/72 and 1/144 scale kits are more so, but they were created much more recently using much more modern technology.  The "U-505" kit, although not U-505, is a well-shaped and proportioned kit that can easily be upgraded using aftermarket products or simple scratch-building will raise it to "the next level".

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Posted by lurch on Saturday, May 28, 2022 10:13 AM

Nice picture Capnmac. When I was in Norfolk I didnt even know there was a museum there. But that was 84 to 86.

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, May 28, 2022 1:26 PM

lurch
k I didnt even know there was a museum there. But that was 84 to 86.

That's rom April 2019.  The museum is across from USS Whiskey.

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Posted by rcboater on Sunday, December 25, 2022 9:57 PM

warshipguy

All this said, Revell has also released a series of German U-Boats in 1/144 that are extremely well detailed. Sub variants of Type VIIs and IXs abound, including the interesting VII D Minelayer.

Bill Morrison

 

Did Revell ever do a Type IX in 1/144?    I've been looking to build one to tow behind my 1/144 USS Guadalcanal (CVE-60).   The closest I've found to date is the old Nichimo motorized toy/model, which claims to be 1/150.  I could use it, but I'd prefer something a little less toy like.    I figure most folks will only see the bits above the waterline, but I'd still like to get rid of the overscale parts....

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Posted by BrandonK on Monday, December 26, 2022 9:46 AM

That's cool. Fantastic work. YesYes

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Posted by fuzznoggin on Monday, December 26, 2022 10:35 AM

My wife upgraded my "Pixelmator" program for Mac to "Pro" for Christmas.  I was playing around with it and was really awestruck at what can be don with this.   Here is  a layered graphic of my U-Boat diorama against a painting by Kenneth King.  Pretty dang cool !!

 

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Posted by Eugene Rowe on Monday, December 26, 2022 11:47 AM

Looks great;very realistic weathering!

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Posted by disastermaster on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 2:06 PM

     Very nice job on the water effects.

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Posted by surfsup on Saturday, December 31, 2022 9:52 PM

She is very nicely finished. The Weathering looks great.....Cheers mark

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