VIIC class German attack submarine. (1940) 577 units build (with other versions of the VII types, almost 750 was built in total). 5 torpedo tubes (4 bow, 1 stern) One 88mm cannon and a 20mm AA gun. 44 crew members.
Lenght of real boat is 67,1 meters. My model is 1,15m long (or excactly 150 studs), so that gives about 1:58 scale length. (¿Minifig-scale I think is 1:50?)
All the photos shown here -and then a couple more- are now uploaded to brickshelf too, so that they can be seen in high resolution: Gallery
I had to completely rebuild several parts several times. The tail-section is still not good enough. (slope is wrong, and shape too bulky/blocky).
Originally I wanted to make it completely studless, but the tiles made it look even more blocky.
Notice how the railings around the turret curves! ;-)
The interior is just an "interpretation" of the real interiors of the boat. Because of the blocky minifigs, several compartments and bunks had to be left out. -But I think the general idea works ok.
Notice the minifig-carpenter standing by with a wooden plank and tools; A real life-saver when the going gets tough!
The engineer-guy watching the motors; He knows these motors like if they were a part of his own body! -Just from the sounds and vibrations, he knows immediatly when and where the next problem with them will occur.
The captain, on top of the turret. The oldest guy aboard, -he is just 37 years old, but already "an old man"...
Lastly a small plug for the all-time biggest and most expensive German filmatisation "Das Boot"; This was first released in 1981 and has since then been released in various editions and TV-series, the last DVD being from 2004, which I think bears evidence to the superior quality of this movie. A grim and realistic story about the crew of the U-96. See it. You probably wont be more happy, but definatly wiser!
On a ligher side-note; the MOCkup of the U-96 used in the German movie was rented during a single day by Steven Spielberg, and can be spotted in the first Indiana Jones movie! ;-) -So this is actually a two-movies MOC!
This MOC got "Moc Of The Day" 2015-03-08. Years must have passed since the last MOTD for me, so I am happy, even if this MOC is hopelessly outdated. But it´s certainly a reminder of some very happy early Lego-days in my life!
beautiful MOC,as always your attention to detail is spot on,like the way you have done the inside of the boat,no matter what you think about WW2 you have to admire the men that went to sea in these U boats,well worthy of MOC of the day.
I came again to see the shape of your hull! Perfect! The inside. Perfect! The details, Perfect! Definitely one of the most beautiful sub of MOCpages! I admire it as much as Nate Flood one! ;-) I've got a question! How have you designed it?
It seems you've got a lot of bricks at home!
Hi Henrik. That is a great job you've done here. I like your interior. It seems pretty realistic for this scale! Could you tell me how long it is?
I invit you to tell me what you think about my Titan - Nuclear submarine. I am modifying it at the moment, so you've got my original model and i published another page with my actual modifications. I'd like to know what submarines fans like me think about these two both models.
Thanks in advance!
hey, nice to see another U-boat builder on here that isnt one more 12 year old deciding to stick ten multicolored bricks together and call it a U-boat because he saw Das Boot.
First of all, love the number on the conning tower. While it may not be technically accurate, the skill involved in making that and what it represents is breathtaking.
With the stubbiness of the hull and the shape of the conning tower, you could do a great job altering it into a Type II coastal submarine.
Love the hull techniques, makes me want to go revise my Type VIIC MOC right now. I will look forward to any more creations...
I like it
That LDD Guy
November 3, 2009
Nice job! maybe a bit of history on the boat would be nice, but great work!
Amazing shape and details (e.g. curved rails, U-96 lettering, and even the anchor)! Great interior too. Interesting piece of triva you gave concerning the same boat being used in "Das Boot" and Indiana Jones! I might have to dust off the Indie DVD and have a look. :o)
I like it
July 23, 2009
i like the camo and im glad u made an interior on it. i wish u had one on the calypso
Thanks a lot guys! I am overwhelmed (with joy) by the amount of comments this MOC has received just on its first day. -And also a little surprised, as I think I have other MOC's which are aestethically and technically better than this one... Nevertheless, comments like these are indeed oil for the creativity machine ;-) Again; Thanks!
Shang! Top notch. If I could build spaceships as well as you built this, I'd be... well I'd be darn pleased with myself. Actually, this inspires me to do a lot better with interiors and with utilizing slope pieces.
I like it
June 12, 2009
The shape could do with a bit of work, but this is still an awesome moc.
Love the striping, some very nice detailing, and while you don't seem completely satisfied with the form, I think you did pretty well (after all, curving Lego smoothly is the mother of all building challenges!). Great work!
Nicely done, it even has a torpedo room, great job, I'm planning to make one myself but I'm still figuring out a design, I want to give it a round shape but it's not easy. Great job on detail, I love it
All the details on this are great! When I first looked at it, I thought it was microscale, imagine my surprise when I found out it was minifig scale! Really REALLY nice! Thanks for sharing and keep it blocky! ~ Chris.