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    DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552
    by Martin555 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Rear Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Guy,

    The instructions show the torpedo lifting beam glued to the deck head but as i am doing some changes to this model I have decided to change the Torpedo lifting equipment.

    Made two beams using the plastic from a yogurt pot and glued them to the deck head.

    The next job was to make two chain hoistโ€™s, they were made from plastic sprue.
    I will cut the chains to length and paint them when it all comes together towards the main assembly.

    Drilled holes for the LEDโ€™s then finished the paint work.

    I have discovered that spraying water based Acrylic paint onto plastic is a bit of a nightmare, (especially white paint) it seems that you have to give it lots of thin layers until you get good results.
    Maybe i am doing it wrong?

    Fitted all the bits and pieces and the Red and White LEDโ€™s.
    The Red LEDโ€™s look clear until powered up.

    I tried to make the wiring of the LEDโ€™s look like pipework and i will still have to attach the flexible wires to it later when i work out the lengthโ€™s.
    Done a little rust weathering but not sure at the moment how much of the exterior deck head will show.

    The next job was to assemble the forward Torpedo stowage. The Torpedoes were held in place with steel strapโ€™s so i had to make some using some thin plastic again from yogurt pots.
    Done a little more weathering.

    I donโ€™t plan on going mad with the weathering on the inside of this U-boat as i am sure that a certain amount of cleaning and maintenance was done whilst on the long patrols.

    Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    6 days ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    All looks great keep it coming
    Rick
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    5 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Looking great Martin,chain blocks are a brilliant idea ,back on the yoghurt diet again I see.๐Ÿจ
    Cheers. Marky
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    5 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Fantastic progress Martin. Looking really good.
    In a strange way I am pleased that you commented about the trouble with white paint coverage. Sorry. I thought I was the only one having that problem. Perhaps a kind soul has a solution, other than changing to black!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    "Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen." That's what I call "quality modelling", just because it can't be seen doesn't mean it shouldn't be done to a high standard. After all you know its been done correctly.
    Well done
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Your doing a great job on this build!๐Ÿ‘
    I especially like the LED's!

    And the rust looks absolutely fantastic!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by Cashrc ( Midshipman)
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    Hi Martin..havenโ€™t been on the board much past few weeks, found your build log for this model. You do good work sir!! More patience than I have, at least as far as static modelling goes. Last plastic kit I built was a Monogram hot rod pickup, might have been a 40 model, canโ€™t remember. That was about 48 years ago...๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyway, keep it up, youโ€™re doing good!
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant)
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    Re the white Martin - its always a problem no matter what type of paint used - always requires a good few coats. When building one of our models for a customer we now insist on an extra charge for white!
    Kid you not a Suzuki Jeep kit needed 8 coats of Acrylic White and started to loose detail............
    Security gate took 3 Hammerite Smooth White coats.............
    No real answer - even with artists oils ...........
    Once again your level of detail astounds - the mark of a true model maker when finishing off stuff you know will never be seen............
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi marky,
    After consuming all sorts of rich food at christmas i have managed to get quite a verity of plastic containers for use on my model making including more Yogurt pots.LOL!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,
    Reference "Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen"

    Even though you will never see some of the detail, i know that if i did not do it it will play on my mind to the point that i would have to somehow take it apart and do it just for my peace of mind.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I must admit plastic kits are not really my thing as i am use to making everything myself.
    However having said that I am starting to enjoy this build.
    Compared to what i normally do you can just stick a few bits together and and you have an almost finished part, then paint and the job's done, unless i start thinking that if i add this or that to it to make it a little more detailed.

    Martin555.
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    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thanks again for your comment's guys.
    I find trying to make this assembly log interesting is a little difficult when it is a case of sticking this part to that part.
    So i will be trying to do some more modifications as i go along.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    4 days ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant)
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    Know the problem your having with spraying white paint Martin, what paint are you using? for small jobs I use Vallejo paints, but if it's a lot of area to paint, I use halfords rattle can with masking what I don't want white, no problem with coverage, one coat of acrylic primer then one coat of appliance white, job done.๐Ÿ˜Š

    btw. lovin your build log, and love all the little extras you are adding๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    4 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    Thank's.
    The paint i am using is "artist acrylic".
    It seems to spray a little better if i add a very small amount of washing up liquid to the mix.
    It also sticks better if i lightly ruff up the surface but that is not always possible with the small parts.

    Martin555.
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    4 days ago by jugge ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fantastic job ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    11 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Guyโ€™s

    Unfortunate i do not have the correct colour paints for this Submarine kit due to budget, So as i have lotโ€™s of leftover paints from other projects i will try to mix and match and if that donโ€™t work i will do my own thing.

    Hopeful no-one will notice LOL!!.

    The bunkโ€™s supplied in the kit just have mattress, so I decided to make pillows and blanketโ€™s.

    They are made from toilet tissue and thinned white wood glue.

    One blanket is wrapped around a partly assembled crew members leg as he has just got out of his bunk.
    I wrapped his legs in Clingfilm so that the glue did not stick to him, as i did not want him to stay in bed all day like a teenager LOL!!.
    I will assemble and paint him and put him in place later.

    The wood effect was done by first painting a base coat of brown then dry brushing a darker brown over the top, changing the colour slightly in places.
    I am quite pleased with the result as it is my first attempt at doing this wood effect.

    Most of the interior will be painted in an antique white paint, altho it calls for light grey i decided to change the colour as when it is fully assembled it is quite dark in there, As I plan on using warm white LEDโ€™s instead of bright white just to add a bit of atmosphere. (also thinking about having a few LEDโ€™s flickering)

    I suppose you could say i am doing my own thing. (As usual) At the end of the day as long as it looks reasonable I will be happy.

    Sorry about the quality of the photos. I will have to figure out a better way to take them.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Torpedo Tube Compartment.
    11 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    They look perfect Martin.
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    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    The Bunks look perfect!๐Ÿ‘
    They make me feel sleepy!
    Come to think of it.
    I think I'll go to bed!๐Ÿ˜ด

    Great Details!

    Cheers, Ed
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Thank's for the nice comments guys, I appreciate it.

    Martin555.
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    10 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Great detail Martin ,need to find some miniature photos of loved ones or lushious ladies to go above the bunks .
    Cheers Mark
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    That is a good idea, later when i get a bit further on i will start to do more detail.
    At the moment i am trying to get used to making plastic kits again.

    Martin555.
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    9 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin.
    Brilliant innovation.
    Keep it coming.
    Bill
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    5 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Hi Martin.
    Absolutely brilliant.
    Cracking job.
    Keep it coming
    Bill
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    ๐Ÿ“ Torpedoes
    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Guys

    I have made a start on this big kit.
    The first step in the instructions say make 12off Torpedoes.
    5 of them are assembled into the launch tubes. (seems a bit pointless as you will not see them unless i cut away a bit of the tubes.)
    5 are stowed.
    1 is fitted to the loading beam in the forward Torpedo room.
    And 1 is is so that you can show it being loaded down into the forward Torpedo room.

    On the first two Torpedoes i just put liquid glue on one side and stuck them together, clamped them using clothes pegs.
    When dry they were sanded and i had to add a little filler to the seems and sand again.

    On the second two i decided to apply the glue to both sides and put them together and again peg them.
    This proved to be the way to go as the pressure of the pegs squeezed a thin beed of plastic out along the seems.
    It took a little more sanding but no need for filler.

    I finished of the sanding with the fingernail blocks that Marky recommend (thank you Marky)
    The seems are now almost invisible.

    Now as for the paint job well the colour guide calls for light grey for the main body and engine grey for the head.
    So i did a bit of research and this Submarine carried the type G7e torpedoes.
    Some had the paint scheme recommended, and some were just metal finished body and bronze head.
    So rightly or wrongly and as there is quite a bit of grey on this Submarine i have decided to go with the bronze head and a silver body as i think it looks a bit more interesting.
    I hand painted them but looking at them now i should of sprayed them.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Torpedoes
    13 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    They look superb Martin. Nice painting.
    What filler do you use to disguise the joints.
    Peter.๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Martin.
    Looking forward to this build.
    Keep it coming.
    Bill
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    13 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Looking Good Martin wouldn't know from the pictures they were hand painted.know what you'll be upto and where to find you for the next 6 months .
    Cheers Marky
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    It is just the normal tube of Humbrol model filler or Revell plastic filler.

    Sometimes i make some small amounts by scrapping plastic from sprue with a scalpel and mixing it with liquid polly glue.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi mark,
    I Think it will take longer than that as i plan on changing and adding some things.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Bill,
    Plenty more to come.
    I will try not to make it boring.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    We would expect no less. Looking forward to this build.
    I was planning to buy and convert the Trumpeter Hood but put it on hold and bought a Lifeboat instead.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    I hope you do a build log on the lifeboat Peter.

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant)
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    Nice torpedoes Martin, now where in the little beggers do you put the electric motors!๐Ÿ˜†
    Trumpeter make lovely kits, I'm sure this one will keep you happy for a couple of months, look forward to the build log.๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Peter
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    13 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "now where in the little beggers do you put the electric motors!๐Ÿ˜†"
    You put something like this Motraxx M30VA down the back end Peter, and a pair of AAA cells up the business end.
    Use a stack of Lithium button cells if you want more realistic oomph!
    Switch it on with a simple contact switch that closes when the fish leaves the tube.
    The motor has a diameter of 10mm so should fit nicely in a 48 scale 53cm torpedo.
    All clear Peter? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I leave it to you if you want to put nitroglycerine in the warhead!๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค•

    I have some even smaller motors (6 and 8mm diameter) from this range somewhere in my stash that I plan to try in 1/72 scale torpedoes for my H Class destroyer and for propulsion in an Airfix 1/72 Vosper MTB and RAF Rescue launch. 3 per boat. If it works I'll do the Revell 1/72 PTB as well. Wish me luck๐Ÿคž
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    https://www.conrad.com/p/miniature-brushed-motor-motraxx-m30...
    This link is for the 8.1mm version which runs on 3V so two AAA cells could be used in a 10mm tube with 8mm inside diameter with a bit of work!
    https://www.conrad.com/p/motraxx-k20wd-233979
    These and other mini / micro motors are made by Motraxx Elektrogerรคte here in Germany primarily designed for electric trains and slot cars.
    Alles klar Herr Kommissar? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    https://www.conrad.com/p/miniature-brushed-motor-motraxx-m30va-13400-rpm-235308
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    https://www.conrad.com/p/motraxx-k20wd-233979
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    13 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    There will be a build log Martin. I have to try to finish my Police Launch, The Patrol Torpedo Boat renovation, Dรผsseldorf Fire Boat and the Gato Submarine first......Probably not though.๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    How do you keep track of what you are doing on all of those projects !!

    Martin555.
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    13 days ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant)
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    Well started as usual Martin - your blogs are always a pleasure . Take it you are still going with static - be incredibly difficult otherwise.
    The Admiral sounds a bit bloodthirsty/gung-ho with his suggestion of motorisation and a slice of bang stuff in front.............
    Although with some of the drivers you see on our sailing waters it might be a good thing............
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    Yes it will be a static model.
    I hope to use some of the old skills of Diorama that i have not used for many years.
    Hopefully in the next update you will see one of them!

    Martin555.
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    12 days ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    I think from the photo you made a good choice on the color for the torpedoes
    I look forewords to more of the build
    Rick
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    12 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "The Admiral sounds a bit bloodthirsty/gung-ho with his suggestion of motorisation and a slice of bang stuff in front.............
    Although with some of the drivers you see on our sailing waters it might be a good thing............ " Exactamente Red ๐Ÿ˜‰
    An if ya gonna bite ... ya gotta have teeth! ๐Ÿ˜
    Nitro is optional๐Ÿ˜‰
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    12 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    I guess you mean G7e Martin, of which there were several types; G7e/T2, G7e/T3, and G7e/T4 Falke.
    Pic shows 3 fish from WW2; top GB MK IX 1200kg, centre DKM G7e 1400kg (electric propulsion ๐Ÿ˜‰ with wet lead acid batteries๐Ÿ˜ฎ), bottom US MK 18 1378 kg (copied from a G7e captured in 1941!)
    Displayed at the Kriegs- und Widerstandskรคmpfermuseum der Niederlande (Overloon). (War and Resistance Fighter Museum, Overloon, Holland.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS I don't recommend trying to slice nitroglycerine Red ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿค•
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    12 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    Thank you for the information.
    I looked back on my post and noticed that i did not put the G in front of the 7e.
    I have now corrected my mistake.
    Thank you.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552
    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    To start this assembly log i thought i would tell you a little bit more about this kit.
    Firstly it is a big kit and very well packed. The detail on the parts are amazing.

    The dimensions of the finished model are:- Length 1398.3mm Beam 136.9mm.
    The Scale is 1/48. Made by Trumpeter.
    The Hull is in three parts, Port side is grey plastic, Starboard side is clear plastic, Aft section is clear plastic.

    There are 1100+ parts and a small sheet of etched Brass and one sheet of decals.

    The instruction book has 64 pages.
    There is a colour guide book containing 20 pages.
    Also a large colour guide sheet for the 48 crew members that come in the kit.

    I have been through the kit and marked off everything against the parts list in the instruction book, and it all appears to be there. so i also marked up the individual bags of sprue to make it easer to find.
    I had to stand on a chair to take a photo of the kit, and promptly got told off by my wife, with the reminder of age and Hospital.LOL!!

    The Box is too big to stay in my little workshop so i had to put it up stairs in the spare room with all the other junk.

    So as i work through the kit i should become fitter after all that running up and down the stairs LOL!!!!

    It has been many years since i assembled a plastic kit, so i am a little out of practice but i am sure i will soon get the hang of it again.

    If you have any questions then please ask and i will do my best to answer them.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: DKM U-Boat Type V!!C U-552
    20 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant)
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    Super looking kit Martin. I have only one concern at the moment.
    Do you think that the 84 crew will read their large colour guide sheet?
    Happy New Year.
    Peter.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    They will when the Captain comes on board.LOL!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: DKM U-Boat Type V!!C U-552
    20 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Magnificent looking kit Martin ,you'll need to build an extension on the house to display the finished model.๐Ÿ˜
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    20 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    If i put it in the greenhouse i will not have to make a glass display case LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: DKM U-Boat Type V!!C U-552
    17 days ago by mturpin013 ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That's going to keep you busy๐Ÿ˜œ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: DKM U-Boat Type V!!C U-552
    17 days ago by Martin555 ( Rear Admiral)
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    Hi,
    You are right it will certainly take quite some time to do, There are a lot of pieces in the kit.

    Martin555.
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