rvchima Posted December 27, 2015 Share #1 Posted December 27, 2015 Amati U-Boat 47 type VIIB After building the Syren I didn't want any more rigging. After building the Arno XI Ferrari hydroplane I didn't want any more brass nails in the deck. After building the Anteo harbour tug I didn't want another double-planked hull. What to build next??? A submarine! Amati offers an attractive kit of a German U-boat from 1939. You can get it for £225.00 from westbourne-model.co.uk, but I found one on eBay for much less. I've had the kit for 6 months and am finally getting started. What's in the Box The meter long box has two divided plastic bins on the sides and one large area in the center for flat materials. The bottom contains a cast resin hull of the submarine. The full-sized plans are about 0.7m x 1 m, and are all in Italian. The hull seems to be two hollow pieces glued together, but I can't find obvious seams. Alas, there are no rivets, panel lines, or other details molded in the hull. There is one sheet of laser-cut plywood parts used to build up the superstructure of the deck. There is also a heavy cardboard sheet, apparently used to identify the plywood parts. There is also a large sheet of photo-etched brass parts used to make all the of the detail on the deck. It seems to be beautifully detailed. One parts bin contains a resin cast conning tower, dive planes, and some miscellaneous small parts. The kit does contain two turned brass mounting pedestals but no wood base. The other parts bin has a decal, and a nice cast sailor and anchor. The props and mounting hardware are, disappointingly, plastic. The instructions are 16 pages long and are written in Italian. But like Lego instructions they are mostly pictures, so I don't think they will be too hard to follow. The English translation is about 1.5 pages long. I'll be starting on this after the holidays. Stay tuned for more. Gahm, schooner, Old Collingwood and 7 others 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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