SHOWCASE

The Kit

Here we have the “wolfpack” case reference 05015 from Revell. The Typ VIIC of the German brand is an imposing model on this scale: 93 cm!
The details, on the other hand, are not really there. The model remains indeed quite simplistic and subsets such as guns, periscopes, guardrails are quite “impressed”.
For Kriegsmarine fans, craftsmen offer us improvement sets. But this will not be the case for this assembly which will be rather simplistic. The challenge will be based on the rendering of the patina.

Mounting

We quickly arrive at a rather imposing piece. Indeed the 2 half-shells of 93 cm are quickly closed. Beforehand, you can take the time to hollow out all the hatches in the hull. This will add authenticity at a lower cost.
The bridge is in several parts and is positioned rather well.
We then arrive at the assembly of the kiosk. You must pay attention to the instructions and carefully follow the steps relating to the chosen version of the submersible.
As the molding of the parts is not very clean, the guardrails must be deburred before painting. All these subsets such as guns, periscopes, propellers… are also painted separately.

Paint 

Start by applying a coat of gray spray primer from Tamiya.
Then we iron all the lines of structure and rivets with black airbrush.
I start with the lightest shades, ie the emerged part of the hull in Humbrol 127 by filling the panels one by one, then a uniform veil. Then I lightened the center of the panels with 127+white.
The dark gray of the striping is painted with a Humbrol 156+144 mixture. You can then paint the bottom of the hull after masking the previous work. The shade used is an old Humbrol reference: 7030. Then the panels are marbled with a mixture of 7030 lightened with The lines are then ironed with 7030+black.The bridge remains to be painted. It therefore receives a first coat of brown then protected by a generous coat of Microscale satin varnish.
On top, a layer of grey/black 7030/85 is applied. After just one day of drying, this last layer is skinned with a cotton swab soaked in white spirit and with a micromesh. This then lets the brown reappear, simulating the deterioration of the black paint on the wooden deck.

Patina

We start the patina with scuffing. To do this, apply a 3/0 brush with small light gray shards on the edges and exposed areas. Then we transplant these points one by one with dark metal gray.
After the scratches, I airbrushed copious coats of Microscale gloss varnish.
Then I applied a Payne Gray juice/filter in oil paint diluted with White Spirit.
This gives a very dark blue fade. The excess is wiped off with a paper towel. Then more locally, I applied a sepia juice, still in oil, but fatter.
It is more targeted on panels, bolts and other reliefs.

And to finish, I treated the dark lower part of the hull with titanium white, still in oil paint.
 I applied a copious juice of mars black to the bridge, to fill in the dips and give depth:
After various unsuccessful recipes, I tested Alclad copper for the propellers:
The suite with rust marks.
I again used oil paints, from the darkest to the most colorful: sepia, umber, and sienna.
A micro hazelnut is deposited with a small brush then stretched with a larger one.
I start with the sepia, to finish with his.
I also added a few white traces and a black juice on the hull.
Everything is fixed under a layer of satin/matte varnish and the assembly can be finalized by grafting all the previously treated sub-assemblies.
The model is then finished! if you don’t have the space to display it, you can then store it in its original box!

Typ VIIC – U82

Author

Romain Flechon

Work Time 

About 2 months 

Model

Reference 05015 from Revell. The Typ VIIC

Scale

1:72

Type

Static Naval Modeling

Details

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