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My first diorama... after 10 months, I am calling this done. Lol, starting to wonder if they are ever really done. This is my interpretation of U-505 transiting from Kiel to Lorient in January of 1942. Question or criticism welcome.
German Type IX U-Boat 1:72 Etch sets There was with much excitement when Revell announced the release of their latest in 1:72 U-Boats, the Type IX. Since then the guys and gals at Eduard have been beavering away to produce these three packs of etched brass to really enhance the detail already in the kit and add extra that Revell missed out. There is quite a bit of surgery to be done to the kits before adding the brass, so if you’re of a slightly nervous disposition then you might want to check out the instructions on the Eduard website before committing yourself. 53106 – Set 1: Comes in a zip lock bag with one sheet of etched brass. The sheet contains a series of inner skin panels onto which the hull flood vents are attached; each vent has to be folded to shape before fitting. The kit holes need to be carefully cut out and the vents panels fitted from the inside of the hull parts. On the outside the etched grilles are attached giving a much better representations of the real thing. The set also include replacement parts for the bow torpedo tubes and the decks between them. The inner and outer doors are also replaced and there is an option for open or closed doors. The kits air outlet vents also need to be opened up and covered with etched grilles and plates. The decks receive new bollards, cleats and aerial tie down points, whilst the deck hatched are fitted with new handles. The island also receives new hand holds, coaming plates, brackets, deck fittings and hatches. The main entrance hatch is also fitted with new hinges, and locking wheels. There is a complete replacement radar, railing deck plates, and periscope fittings. 53107 – Set 2: Is quite a bit smaller and come in the standard Eduard packet with stuck down flap. This set provides the modeller with a whole series of deck plates, deck hatches and perforated walkways that cover the upper deck of the submarine. The set also includes extra details for the twin 20mm guns and their mounts along with a new shield, breech fittings, and hand wheels for the 37mm cannon. 53108 Set 3: Is the smallest of the three sets and strangely in one of the larger zip lock packets. This sheet contains a series of external plates that enhance the look of the flooding holes fore and aft and around the bow tube openings. Conclusion Whilst the Type IX is an excellent kit there are some things that really can’t be moulded using standard techniques and it this is where the etched brass comes in. The finesse it provides to a finished model can really make it shine. These sets can, when used correctly will do just that for the Type IX, just be careful with the cutting out of the kit parts. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of