SHIP: Review - AFV Club 1/350 scale Typ VII C/41 U-Boat

Kit Review: AFV Club 1/350 scale Kit No. 73504; German U-Boat Type VII C/41; 114 parts (96 in olive drab, 18 etched brass); price around US
$29.95
Advantages: choice of waterline or full hull model; very petite details; optional “lift-off” feature for pressure hull, includes two “Biber” midget submarine kit as well
Disadvantages: very petite parts easily broken
Rating: Highly Recommended
Recommendation: to any 1/350 modeler who wants either a sub or a “victim/victor” in a diorama
F I R S T L O O K
    AFV Club is continuing their excellent run at Axis submarines with another variant of the Typ VII C U-boot which they designated as the Typ VII C/41. This is an improved standard production Typ VII C with a modified conning tower and “Wintergarten” and other detail changes.
    Like the earlier B and C kits it is petite (19 centimeters long when complete) but has a tremendous amount of detail. As before it uses the common A sprue and the B sprue from the VII B kit – and it offers the ability to open up the completed hull and view the pressure hull and conning tower protrusion once finished.
    This kit provides the 1943 and later production“Wintergarten” (twin 2 cm and a single 3.7 cm mounts but no deck gun) fit but no optional choices for the antiaircraft suite.
    The model provides a wealth of tiny details in the form of most of the braces, brackets and guards found on the original and even provides for rotation of the deck gun on the finished model. All parts appear to be nearly scale, which causes a normal problem with AFV Club kits of very fragile and tiny parts requiring extreme care in handling them. Four torpedoes are provided for diorama fans wanting port details to go with the model.
    Of interest is the fact the kit comes with a pair of “Biber” midget submarines, each with a pair of torpedoes, which mount on the deck. It also comes with an optional sonar bulge which fits under the bow of the “full hull” variant. Alas, while the directions cover three different boats (U-995, U-1023, and U-1105) they do not say which ones had the later sonar nor which ones were rigged to carry “Biber” subs. Sinking pennants are included as well on the etched brass fret.
    Overall this is again a neat little model and one that help extend a collection of German U-boats in this scale or “fill” a sub pen.
    Thanks to Miin Herng Tsueng for the review sample.
Cookie Sewell
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