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Jan 02, 2013, 06:45 AM
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Das boot! 1/48!!!

I received a parcel month ago,it's a new 1/48 GERMANY VIIC submarine KIT,same type as movie DAS BOOT.I think this is a test model, NOT FIBERGRASS,BUT FULL PLASTIC!but I still suprise with its detail and large size.you can compare with my new 1/200 trumpeter bismarck.
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Jan 02, 2013, 08:15 AM
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It tooks me 30days in my spare time,assemble is very easy,but painting is not easy work,i used many gunze paint.
Jan 02, 2013, 08:30 AM
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Presume this is the new one from Ark? Looks good.
Jan 02, 2013, 02:56 PM
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So it's one big styrene model kit.
Being plastic I hope it would ibe cheaper than one made from GRP.
Jan 02, 2013, 08:57 PM
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YES,the parcel was from Arkmodel.I don't know the accurate price,but I was told the price will same level as trumpeter 200 bismarck.The boat is very large,length is about 1.5m,I will update to RC version ,I still waitting their inside WTC.
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Jan 03, 2013, 12:51 AM
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According to the ArkModel site the Type VII cost around $268.09.
They also have a torpedo launcher for it.
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Jan 03, 2013, 10:49 AM
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Nice to see that they've got a more legit looking online store set up now. I wonder if it still takes them years to fulfill an order? :P
Jan 03, 2013, 12:27 PM
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a lot of pictures in the shop don't work for me... .

btw... .here a picture of an original VIIc (OK, it's an later VIIc/41)

The hulls have been welded, so forget about the huge rivets... .
Jan 03, 2013, 07:33 PM
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Why The Rivets??

Yes, very good point. The Type VII, as were all German submarines starting with the Type II, were of welded construction, not rivets, as you can see from the attached photos which are from Conway Maritime Press' U-Boats: History, Development and Equipment 1914-1945.

Reminds me of that old saying, "Aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
Jan 03, 2013, 08:07 PM
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Great discussion. I was curious after your post to see what I can find and I found a few shots that show rivets were indeed used. Most are very faint or small and I believe overblown in the modeling of the German WWII subs (Don't get me wrong, I like rivets). Take a look at these and let me know what you think. For the record, I am not an expert, but was just researching going off of this discussion. Museum subs may not be the best source because of maintenance or modifications to preserve the sub.

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Jan 03, 2013, 10:59 PM
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Correction, they were of both welded & riveted construction - the all welded hulls didn't come about until the latter models, most notably the Type XXI & Type XXIII.

Guess the main question that remains is why the over-sized rivet detailing on the hull? Its far more extreme than Revell's or anything else on the market. Perhaps someone from Arkmodel will be kind enough to answer the question since I'm sure they're watching this thread.
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Jan 03, 2013, 11:59 PM
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One possible reason for the oversized rivets is that scale rivets sometimes disappear after layers of paint.
Jan 04, 2013, 12:56 AM
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Yea, but this looks like the illegitimate child of the Disney Nautilus and a Type VII. Oh was that my out loud voice?
I think the rivets are a little over the top for the type of sub it is. HOODSX you did a great job on the model, so this is not about your very skilled abilities. It is more just opinions of the manufacturer and areas for improvement.
Jan 04, 2013, 03:18 AM
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Yes,I have feedback this to arkmodel.they have found this bug,Mr Feng said they will modify this,I trust they will correct it in product version.
Jan 04, 2013, 06:13 AM
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Hoodsx do you have photo of the prebuild? BTW is your kit a hull only no WTC?

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