Tuesday, January 25

Preview: Border Model's new 1/35th scale DKM Type VII-C U-boat conning tower & deck

Border Model's new 1/35th scale DKM Type VII-C U-boat conning tower & deck looks to capture a few people's imagination. With the large kit giving the modeller plenty of room to let the salt, sea & rust merge with the steel of the U-Boat. We look at the boat & the kit in our preview...

Preview: Border Model's new 1/35th scale DKM Type VII-C U-boat conning tower & deck

DKM Type VII-C U-boat
From Border Model
Kit No #BS-001
1/35th scale
Price: TBA
Expected in March 202
The Subject:  The VII-C U-boats' conning tower and forward deck section.
Type VIIC was a slightly modified version of the successful type VIIB boats. They had basically the same engine layout and power, but were slightly larger and heavier which made them not quite as fast as the VIIB. Although the Type VII-C U-boats' conning tower and deck did not change, the omission of deck guns on latter subs was one change. Many of these boats were fitted with the Schnorkel in 1944-1945. This design saw one more improvement in the type VIIC/41 boat.

The view from above the conning tower of a Kriegsmarine Type VIIC U-Boat
8.8cm Schiffskanone (Antiship Cannon)
The naval 88mm gun was not the same as the famous 88mm of the German Army. Installed on the Type VIIs, the ammunition was a single unit round (projectile and cartridge) and weighed about 30 pounds (13.7kg). Mounted on a platform just ahead of the conning tower, it had identical controls on both sides, so the crew of two could operate it from either side.

The 8.8 cm/45 SK C/35 mounted on a U-boat and its crew.
Each boat had the 88mm in front of the conning tower and with a good crew they could fire 15-18 rounds a minute. Often used to finish off damaged vessels or sink smaller ships the gun normally had a crew of 3 to 5 and was usually commanded by the second watch officer 

The typically unshielded SK C/35 deck gun of a type VII U-boat is visible below the torpedo tail.
The G7e torpedo was the standard electric torpedo used by the German Kriegsmarine submarines in World War II. It came in 20 different versions, with the initial model G7e(TII) in service at the outbreak of the war.

A crew drawing the torpedo of the (forward) external container on type VIIC U-Boat
The kit:
Border Model's new 1/35th scale DKM Type VII-C U-boat contains both the conning tower & deck sections of the boat. the deck sits as it would on the waterline, with the railings and rear AA gun included as the CAD of the kit below shows. The kit is 60cm long when completed.
Not only that, but the complete structure of the 88mm gun is included with a metal barrel, ammunition boxes and shells also...
 The G7e torpedo of the Kriegsmarine during World War II is also included, with the lading equipment of the torpedo there so you can show the loading process (you just need an interior now :-) - the box says that some interior detail near the hatches are included.
Until we find out more check out the Border Models website for more information...