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  1. So, inspired by the friendlyness of the forum I decided to try and start a build diary. Now, dont get excited. Its a ship Im not really that interested in so the passion level wont be at full steam. However, its was a kit that I bought cheaply, it will enable me to pick up where I left off as a kid and will enable me to try out new skills, and polish old skills. The plan is to build it to the highest level possible and see how it goes. It will use old skills, namely Gluing parts together Painting It will use skills that I have but never used
  2. U Boat Type VII C/41 Platinum Edition 1:72 Revell The Type VII submarine was based on earlier German designs. This type would go onto become the most used German submarines of WWII with over 700 being built. As with anything there would be many modifications along the way. The type started as the V11A with an initial 10 being built. The type VIIC would become the main boat of the German Navy with 568 being built between 1940 and 1945. With a range of 8500 nautical miles. The boats had 4 forward, and one stern tube in general (there were a few exceptions) with 14
  3. Royal Navy R Class Submarine (700121) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The R Class submarines were a class of 12 small submarines built for the Royal Navy during WWI. They had a hull designed for underwater performance and combined with diesel-electric propulsion gave a submerged speed of 14 knots, Streamlining of the vessel had some disadvantages in that they were hard to control on the surface and submerged. Technology at the time meant the battery took a full day to charge from the engine, but only an hour to drain at full speed! charging more often than not b
  4. Itailian Enrico Toti Class Submarine (700116) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Enrico Toti Class submarine was a class of 4 coastal submarines built for the Italian Navy in the 1960s. They are named after the 1920s Enrico Toti which was a Balilla Class Submarine, paying homage to Enrico Toti a WWI hero from Italy. These submarines were the first designed and built in Italy since WWII. They are comparable to the German type 205 boats. They were 46m long with a displacement of 535 tonnes. The kit The model arrives in the standard small
  5. Israeli Gal Class Submarine (700119) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Gal Class submarine (or Type 540) is a modified version of the German HDW Type 206 Submarine. These boats which feature a districting bow dome were built to Israeli specifications by the then Vickers Shipyard in Barrow-In-Furness, in the UK. These were the first submarines built for the Israeli Navy to their own specifications, Politics dictating their being built in the UK rather than Germany. They were only 45m in length displacing 420 tonnes. At one point these Submarines were equipped
  6. Iranian Ghadir Class Submarine (700123) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The Ghadir class submarines are more of a midget submarine suited to coastal waters, they are only 29m long with a displacement of 117 tonnes with a crew of 18. These submarines are based on North Korean Yono Class. It is thought they have a pair of normal 21"/530mm torpedo tubes, and could also fire the VA-111 rocket torpedo. There are currently 23 in the Iranian Navy though details can be hard to pick out from the Propaganda surrounding any Iranian weapons system. The
  7. HMS Oberon Class Submarine Modernised (700052) 1:700 OKB Grigorov The 295.2 feet (90.0 m) long Oberon class (Or more commonly in the RN O Boats) were based heavily on the preceding Porpoise class of submarines, which were in service from 1956 to 1988. Changes from the Porpoise design were primarily to improve the strength and stealth of the submarine. Instead of UXW steel, the hull was built from QT28 steel, which was easier to fabricate and stronger, allowing the submarine to dive deeper. Glass-reinforced plastic was used in construction of the casi
  8. This one has been in my stash since its original release back in 2013, and I admit to spending nearly 2 weeks trying to find it. This is the 2013 Pegasus Hobbies 'Artists Collection by Greg deSantis' conceptional release of Jules Verne's 'The Nautilus' moulded in a beautiful grey polystyrene plastic (main submarine kit) and grey vinyl (Squid, name disk and base). Prior to assembly, I primed the sprues down in Halfords Red/brown primer as a rusty base coat to work up from. I have not bothered with Para Graphix's additional photo-etch set as it does not really have enough on it to wa
  9. Trumpeter are releasing a very exciting item later this year: A massive 1/48 German WWII U-Boat Type VIIC U-552 Kit! Included with this model will be a transparent Starboard side to display all the interior detailing, and 48 submariner figures! With over 1100 parts this models is sure to get enthusiasts talking. Pre orders will be open sometime in the next few weeks, so watch this space! For full details, please see our newsletter.
  10. A quick conversion from the 1/350 HMS Trafalgar from Airfix. I tried to use oil colours for some variation in the paint work but I feel I don't work in this small scale. I don't like the stand in the kit. I have to do something about it. Time to go back to my Trafalgar and the boring job of masking. Build pics: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050191-another-1350-hms-swiftsure/
  11. I have thought of building an URF (UbåtsRäddningsFarkost) or Submarine Rescue Vessel used by the Swedish navy. It would probably be easiest to build it from scratch but I find it mentally easier to start from something with similar basic shapes. I looked at the drop tank from a 1/72 Italeri SAAB Gripen and found that I could use it. It was to flat so I had to add some plastic strips between the halves. I then cut it and used the front part. I filled it with Magic Sculp and also reshaped one side for less rounded corners. This has now became t
  12. Inspired by some builds here I bought another Trafalgar that had been started and with some parts for the rudders missing. I started by shortening it, cut down the height of the rudder and adding a second outlet. I tried to get some life in the all dark grey hull. This was a rather quick build. Finished kit: https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235050193-hms-swiftsure-finished/
  13. Finished out of the box. The only thing that I disliked about it was the lack of instructions for decal placement. There were two small pictures on the side of the box. One partly hidden by a sticker. I have a couple of other submarines going on right now. I'll be back when they are finished.
  14. Here I present my latest build, an OOB build of a Vanguard Class SSBN using the Bronco kit. The only bit of work needed was the mating of the hull halves. Primed using Halford's grey primer, German tank grey for lower hull and Halford's satin black was used overall. The sub was 'Kleared', decaled and coated with Tamiya satin varnish. Das Boot was masked to leave the deck exposed, with VERY low tac masking over the two decals and painted with Humbrol matt black and the sonar array was glossed with Klear. Five masts were fitted int
  15. * "ORP Sokół (Polish: Falcon) was a U-class submarine (formerly HMS Urchin) built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness. Shortly after launching in September 1940 she was to be commissioned by the Royal Navy as HMS Urchin, but instead was leased to the Polish Navy due to a lack of experienced submarine crews.[citation needed] A sister boat to Dzik, both boats operated in the Mediterranean from Malta, where they became known as the 'Terrible Twins'." * 1/400 scale Mirage kit contains PE and resin upgrades. Only resin part is nose. And it does not fit well. So it needs alot of filling a
  16. Hi everybody, I started to make the Hobby Boss 1:350 - PLAN Kilo class submarine WIPKilo001 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr Some technical info: The Kilo class is the NATO reporting name for a military diesel-electric submarine that is made in Russia. The original version of the vessels were designated Project 877 Paltus in Russia. There is also a more advanced version, designated as Improved Kilo in the west, and Project 636 Varshavyanka in Russia. The boats are mainly intended for anti-shipping and anti-submarine operations in relatively shallow waters. Original Project 877 boats
  17. Hi mates, I assembled a classic Revell Kit: KitImage by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#01 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#02 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#03 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#04 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#05 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#06 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#07 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#09 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#11 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#12 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#13 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr U-Boot#14 by Rodolfo Masti, su Flickr [ url=https://flic.kr/p/29sxPMY]U-Boo
  18. There are some accuracy issues with this kit, such as wood cladding on the metal cones which I had to replace with smooth iron. I'm trying to make realistic wood and iron plate textures. I still have to apply rust and weathering and detail parts, it looks quite flat and cartoony until I do so.
  19. Ever since finding this photo of the Balao-class sub USS Sealion, I have wanted to try and model her...... All I needed was a 1/350 scale model of a Sikorsky HRS-3 helicopter to place on her widened deck aft of the fairwater..... Then I found that Shapeways Models made a 3D-printed S-55 heicopeter - so I was ready to start... I'm using the AFV-Club Gato-class sub as a starting point....... Sealion is a Balao-class sub (improved Gato), so I needed a late-style fairwater - also made by Shapeways.....
  20. I'm working on converting Airfix's 1/350 Trafalgar to a Swiftsure class. I thought I had read somewhere that all the Swiftsures used the shrouded pump jet propulsor, does anyone know if that is correct? If not, do we know which boat used which propulsion method?
  21. It's finished, and on an underwater vignette. To be honest I know I can do better but I rushed this one out as I was getting bored with this model. I have a rule of only ever starting/working on one build at a time, so I quickly finished it so I can start something else. I just didn't get much satisfaction from this kit, can't say why, I'm glad it's done.
  22. Dutch O-16 Submarine Pacific Crossroads 1:350 History The Inter-War Dutch submarine fleet could be split into two categories: O, (Onderzeeboot) boats, designed for the home waters and K, (Kolonien), boats, for deployment in the vast East Indies colonies. The main differences between the two types were size and range, which was greater for the K boats due to the operational area. The O-16 was the first submarine which combined the range, size and speed of the colonial boats with the handling and armament requirements of the boats designed for the European waters. The keel for the O-1
  23. I have been impressed by some of the previous conversions of Airfix's 1:350 scale HMS Trafalgar kit that I have seen on this forum; so much so that I felt a desire to do one myself. This one will be a waterline version of HMS Spartan, set in the Falklands during 1982, which I plan to incorporate into a diorama, possibly with other vessels later. Much has already been said about shortening the hull length by 7mm, to get the correct dimensions for the Swiftsure class SSN's, so I am starting this with the hull already converted. Herewith the modified kit. The horizontal indentation
  24. Good afternoon. I present to you my build of Combrig's re-boxing of U-Boat Laboratorium's UB I type coastal submarine in 1/350, painted as UB-2 (though the plaque says UB 1). From the kit's instruction sheet: "UB-2 entered service on February 18, 1915 and was attached to training Kurland flotilla. An experienced sailor oberleutnant-zur-see Werner Furbringer, future high-scoring U-boot commander and 'Blue Max' winner, became her first captain. "Having successfully completed training UB-2 passed to Flandria to a first line unit. Sincethe
  25. Hey Guys, This is the old(ish) Zvezda offering boxed under Flagman, which also have their Hotel Class K-19. The kit is not necessarily basic, but its one one sprue and most of the parts go into the various masts on the sail. The kit is curiously designed in the way that the two hull halves go together to leave a gap on the top, where the decks are later fitted. Even more curiously is how they give you a flat deck piece thats meant to bend down over the bow. Furthermore the conning tower was left separate in two halves. Two towers were provided so that you could either produce the P
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