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 U-Boat Minelayer

 Kit# S509 - $10.00    Scale : 1/350

One of the most important weapons used in marine warfare was the mine. In order to bring this weapon close to the enemy shipping lanes, the German Navy used special submarines. The type VII D was a lengthened sub-variant of the successful type VII C battle submarine. To enable it to transport and lay type SMA moored mines a section with five mine silos each holding 3 SMA mines was incorporated behind the conning tower. This extended the overall length by 9.80 m. As these submarines were otherwise the same as the type VII D, unlike the large mine layers, they could be used against enemy vessels in the Battle of the Atlantic. The six subs (U-213 - U-218) were built at the Germania shipyard at Kiel and engaged in a total of 31 operations against the enemy, in which they sank 10 ships with a total of 42,622 GRT. By the end of the war five of these submarines had been sunk and became iron coffins for 241 submariners. Only U-218 survived the war and arrived in Bergen, Norway on  August 5th 1945.

Model Details :
New mould
- Detailed conning tower
- Mine silo section behind tower
- Highly detailed hull with representations of with rivets and welds
- Long hull version with mine throwing area
- Imitation flooding vents
- Detailed deck
- Detailed rudder and propellers
- Periscope can be extended and retracted into different positions
- Detailed tower bridge and side walls
- Decals for 6 submarines


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