INTERESTED IN NAVAL MODELS? Well, here's a kit that may have slipped in under your radar. It features the submarine that featured in the 1981 German film Das Boot (The Boat) which tells the story of a German crew and their vessel during World War II.
Mat Irvine: The Airfix kit makes a small model at 1:400 scale, and it represents a type of sub that wasn’t particularly large in the first place, one of the points that the film demonstrates in showing the claustrophobic atmosphere on board. The kit supplies 52 parts (below) although only 36 of these are actually used. Some components are very small, so you do need to take great care during the build.
The kit is not an Airfix original, having been bought in from the Polish company, Mirage-Hobby. But that’s not an issue, as it’s a nice little model, though the emphasis is definitely on ‘little’. In many ways Das Boot would have been better in a larger scale, such as the 1:144 that is being used for ships now, though even that size increase would make it only about 400 mm (16 in) long.
Airfix U-Boat type VIIC Das Boot
Assembled length: 166mm (6.5in)
Manufacturer’s ref: A55113
SMN note: If you haven’t seen Das Boot then we recommend it highly. Directed by Wolfgang Peterson, Das Boot is a highly realistic view of the deadly game of cat and mouse played by opposing sides during the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. Five stars.
Movie posters in German (above) and English (below).