The model measures just under 21 inches long and is in 1/144th scale, built from an old and fairly crude (by today's standards) Revell kit.
model is built from an old Revell kit which I bought back in the late
1980's, but was boxed as the famous "U-505" currently on display in the
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. However, even a cursory look
at pictures of the real 505 clearly reveals that the model kit was
mislabelled on the box and instructions etc. Therefore, not being a
submarine historian myself, but
scouring the internet a short time for reference I figure this model is
the Type VII variety, although I cannot locate reference to find out
exactly which ship, as all versions of even the same type were subtly
different. If any of you reading this can accurately identify
the model I'd be happy to give you credit here on this page.
Update: A visitor to this page, Mete Ahiska, kindly offered the following information on July 4, 2008...
"I believe it is a Type VII-B. The detail that made me come to this conclusion is the bulge on the side of the bridge where there is a horse-shoe shape. And I checked this through some books I have and came to a conclusion after I saw a picture in Robert C. Stern's book 'Type VII U-boats'. You are right about U-505 being a mislabell because U-505 is a Type IX."
Also, another visitor, Patrick Murray, supplied the following on August 20th, 2008...
In specific it is definitely a type VIIb u-boat, as Mr. Ahiska said. What's very interesting to know, is that it is none other than U-99, equally as famous as U-505. Why so famous? This one was commanded Otto Kretschmer, the war's greatest u-boat ace. He sank over 198,000 tons of commercial shipping in that boat. The main identifier is the horseshoe on the side, which Otto Kretschmer had welded to the ship.
Thank you both for that information.
I painted the model using the references of the types I could find and therefore represents a more "generic" version of a typical U-Boat seen during WWII rather than any specific number, which is why I put no markings or emblems on the model.
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