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U-565 Type VIIC U-Boot

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"MSW Crew-mate Jim McIntosh (JimMrr) shares his build of Revell's 1/72 VIIC U-boat, variant U-565, in this MSW "On Display"!



the variant...

U-565 Type VIIC
Feldpost Number-M 41 992
Construction Yard-Blohm und Voß, Hamburg
Yard Number-541
Ordered-24th Oct 1939
Keel laid-30th Mar 1940
Launched-20th Feb 1941
Commissioned-10th Apr 1941
Baubelehrung-Baubelehrung U-Boote Nordsee, Bremen /
Kriegsschiffbaulehrabteilung für Unterseeboote Nordsee, Bremen

build details...
The flood holes, were ground open using a dremel grinder..a false pressure hull was added along with appropriate piping ...the kits missing torpedo doors were scratch built, in using a metal punch to cut plastic discs, and lining them with evergreen strip....the deck gun was tweaked using wire and putty. various cables, hooks and valves, that were added to the gun using references through the detailing to keep on track...the wintergarten was detailed by virtually scratch building the binocular mast, the periscope mast had wire stays added....the acoustic deflector cables were added to the periscope, using armature wire......compasses were added using Waldron aircraft gauges and 5 minute epoxy....

...main hatch had a wheel and pulls added as per references...the wooden strips surrounding the wintergarten were first primed with Humbrol linen..left for 5 days ....added an acrylic clear-cote....washed with burnt umber oil paints.....the flack gun was completely scratch built using aluminum pipe for the main gun ...brass rod inserted for the barrel..the muzzle is drilled out solder that I placed in my dremel and used a #3 x-acto blade to machine the solder into a cone.....the railings had safety clips added....the communications masts were added using aluminum pipe bent to fit...the rear torpedo loading tube is shown in the raised position and is CMK resin kit....the boat represents U 565 which started in the N Atlantic then was re-assigned to the Med, where she was sunk by Allied medium bombers off Crete.
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About the Author

About Jim McIntosh (JimMrr)
FROM: ONTARIO, CANADA

I live in a small rural town with my wife and 2 dogs in an old farmhouse they say used to have ghosts..seems ok now.I spend my free time fixing up the house(pre-1886) and studying WW2. I model whenever I can,and thank the Lord for all His blessings in my life.


Comments

Thank you ....it was pretty much my fist time with a camera.....I must have drowned poor Mark with pictures.
JUL 05, 2008 - 01:05 AM
Hi Jim Sorry for replying only now - but yesterday had a long Lady Lex Feature to read! Your U-boot looks very good, I like the subtle weathering, clean constructions and especially the natural look of the flag. The presentation also is good, although I have some doubts on the red color of the torpedo warhead... Congratulations Rui
JUL 05, 2008 - 02:27 AM
Thanks Rui, The torpedo came with the CMK kit and it was their recommendations that the warhead be red as per their colour diagram. I altered the tip to correspond to photographs I had from the book "U boats:raiders of the deep".The flag is actually from the kit.
JUL 05, 2008 - 03:08 PM
Jim, A very clean build which has been enhanced by the paint work and weathering, THANK YOU for sharing your model with us and sorry I took so long to add my penny`s worth. PeteV
JUL 09, 2008 - 09:39 PM
A most excellent build and careful workmanship with nicely done additions, she looks ready to put to sea. Thanks for sharing this one with the crew.
JUL 10, 2008 - 03:34 AM
I love, looks very realistic and the presentation is very elegant congratulations Domi
JUL 10, 2008 - 06:17 AM
Yes a very nice looking U-Boat.. The weathering is excellent and the stand it's displayed on looks like it was made for it Thanks for sharing Bob
JUL 10, 2008 - 07:40 PM
I missed this one first go around, glad I caught it! Great build, love the weathering and pictures. The build summary is also ver yuseful, thanks for sharing! Cheers
JUL 11, 2008 - 05:12 AM
Thank you everyone for your kind comments. Its really my first attempt at doing a writeup or talking pictures for that matter. I took about a year to build her,and yes,the stand was made for the model.
JUL 11, 2008 - 10:29 AM
Very nice all around! She looks like a fine boat!
JUL 11, 2008 - 06:23 PM