As a collector of original U-boot memorabilia, this was an absolute must build!
This particular model was my very first and it has been through more face lifts and transformations than Michael!! It is based on the infamous Type VII boat.
The Type VII was responsible for all of the bad press and publicity back in the War time years, due to their relatively high speeds and nimbleness. Using the Wolf Pack attack scenario, they were able to inflict massive losses to shipping before silently slipping away into the darkness..
Type VIIc was a slightly modified version of the successful VIIB. They had basically the same engine layout and power (twin MAN 6 cylinder Supercharged Diesels, churning out 4400hp Max), but were slightly larger and heavier. The vast majority had 5 torpedo tubes, 4 at the bow and one at the stern (which mine is currently missing!).
The VIIc was the workhorse of the German U-boat force in World War 2 and boats of this type were being built throughout the War. The first VIIc boat being commissioned was the U-69 in 1940. The VIIc was an effective fighting machine and was seen in almost all areas where the U-boat force operated, although their range was not as great as the one of the larger IX types.
The VIIc came into service as the "Happy Times" were almost over and it was this boat that faced the final defeat to the Allied anti-submarine campaign in late 1943 and 1944.
Perhaps the most famous VIIc boat was the U-96 which is featured in the movie Das Boot.
I'm really pleased with the way this looks now, but I'm sure there is still a little room for a couple of tweaks here and there!
As with most of my models this isn't necessarily Mini-fig scale..