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German U-Boat
Lego non-minifig scale U-Boat model.
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Please feel free to rate and comment on this. Thanks guys.


1) Starboard-side of the boat showing a three-quarter view of the conning tower and 105mm deck gun.


2) Starboard-side of the ship facing the bow. You can see the deck, ballast tank vents and the hydrophone unit.


3)Close-up of the 105mm deck gun. Starboard-side.


4)Close-up of the conning tower's starboard-side.


5)Starboard-side of the boat, showing a standard 12 inch ruler for scale reference.


6) Profile view of the starboard-side.


7) Bow 3/4 view. Gives a nice highlight on all the 45 degree slope pieces and hull layers.


8) Conning tower, left side close-up.


9) Port-side profile.


10) Both guns traversed. Right side view. Also note navigation lights. Port side red, Starboard side green.


11) "Schnorkel" Fully raised. Sorry it couldn't be in gray, I only had a black technic piece of the right length.


12) "Schnorkel" raised halfway. You can see the slot it fits into when lowered, leaving it flush with the deck.


13) Close-up of conning tower interior. You can see the cold-weather wood paneling, the hatch, binnacle, periscope sheath, radio-direction finder etc. Also visible are the radio wires.


14) Above-view of the conning tower, somewhat less blurry.

This is my long-ago promised Type VIIC U-Boat.

I had built an earlier MOC of the U-106, a Type IX long-range submarine, but it was a rough design and I scrapped it with plans of building this.

I finished it about a year and a half ago, and its been collecting dust (as you can see in some of the pictures of the diving planes. I decided it was time to get this back up.

For whatever reason, the page that the U-106 is on, I cannot edit, thus I made a new account. Also to my discovery, somebody had hacked my photos and attempted to submit them as their own on another site. Luckily MOC pages detected this, stopped it and notified me via email. Thanks a million.

Now onto this model.

it weighs a good 10 pounds, a lot less than the U-106 which weighed in at 13 pounds, and my first submarine, the USS Piper (Gato Class) at 15.5 pounds.

This one was tougher to make as the Type VIIC is much rounder and sleeker than the rather slab-sided Type IX and Gato submarines. The main reason why I built a Type IX first was the ease which which I could construct the ballast tank vents. The Type VII has a much more complex pattern of smaller holes. It took some serious thinking and testing but I managed to work it out using the 90 degree hinge pieces and some black 1/3 plates as backers.

Other updates are body slopes around the 105mm deck gun, decking around the conning tower. (I dont have enough of those grille pieces, or I would have done the whole deck like that for an awesome effect). As a bit of sentimentality, the hydrophone unit is the exact same three pieces as the one I had on the U-106, never having been separated.

I modified my construction of the 20mm flak gun and its mount, and updated the design of my 105mm deck gun. The torpedo tubes now feature sloped door covers, the forward diving planes feature net-guard cables and as with most wartime VIIC U-Boats, the characteristic net-cutter has been removed.

The radio wires and forward net guard cables are all rigged from heavy black thread, and the winter-garden is made of black gear-shift pieces and black thread. Its a real pain to tie that all together but I did it. Its probably the hardest part of any lego model to make, and having looked at dozens of previous U-Boat models on MOC Pages and the poor design on my type IX, I modified it accordingly.

Also along with the lego limits on U-Boat models are the attempt to make a rounded surface to the conning tower. Some attempt to make the model at a large scale to allow the use of rounded blocks, but I opt for my own scale...far below Mini-fig standard. I use standard 1x3 and 1x4 beams stacked in offset rows to make a slight taper with a less-aggressive jagged wall. I updated the winter-garden by using a large satellite-dish piece below the rounded deck to create the bowl effect.

Also new is my attempt at a stripe camouflage scheme. I looked up lists of German Submarines with camouflage and only a few turn up. It is something based off of patterns seen on the U-711, U-83 and U-201.

As before the interior of the conning tower features the "wood paneling" (brown grille pieces) a hatch, periscope, binnacle and radio direction-finder.

Unlike before, the rudders can be swung and the propeller blades do not rub on the side of the hull when spun.

Overall I am very satisfied and refuse to dismantle it. I have few regrets in my design and only truly wish to change the decking to solid grille pieces that match the camouflage, and either a red (with a black stripe on the waterline) or dark gray hull below the waterline.

If you have any questions on how I built this feel free to contact me by email at biohazard740@yahoo.com. To answer questions I have gotten before: No, this isn't a kit, No, this DEFINITELY isn't for sale and yes I can tell you how I built certain parts, just feel free to ask.

Thanks for checking this out guys. Don't forget to look up my previous U-Boat, the U-106. its still on MOC Pages somewhere under a different account. Cant delete or modify that page so it stays put. Its got a black and green background and is titled "Pete's Arsenal". You'll find it there along with a hefty list of comments and technical details.

Thanks again.



15) I took this shot so that you could compare it with the famous opening scene of "Das Boot" where the Type VIIC comes towards you slowly out of the murky ocean.


16) Torpedo tube hatch-covers. Not the prettiest design, but they give a bit more detail than the U-106 model I made and give a more streamlined shape to the bow.


17) Starboard-side diving plane. You can see the dust has collected on it. Also visible is an attempt at the ballast-tank vents located behind and below the diving plane booms, and the net-guard cable.


18) Starboard side below the rudders. You can see the entire assembly has been done as accurately as possible.


19) Port-side view of rudders on a sharp turn. Previous U-106 model could not do this.


20) Close-up, Port side of Rudders, aft diving planes and screws.


21) Aft view of conning tower. Port side.


22) Aerial view showing the detail around the deck gun. Note the access hatch, low rails, camouflage stripe etc.

Please feel free to rate and comment on this. Thanks guys.



Comments

 I like it 
  August 15, 2014
Dude!! come see my new U-boat!! The type VIIB!
Pete Franklin
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Karl M
  September 10, 2012
Great stuff. I like the detailing.
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  June 4, 2011
Very good work.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2011
Hi Pete. this is LegoGenius24:)Thanks for joining my group!! Awesome sub! It's way better than I could have done it! Keep building!!
 I like it 
  March 12, 2011
Nice u-boot! Could you come and check my submarine too?
Pete Franklin
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Manthan Dutta
  October 1, 2010
So MASSIVE and so REALISTIC.
  September 26, 2010
I've created a group called Warship Creators, and I would like you to join. Ive changed my username from Patrick Spittler to LegoGenius 24:)! thanks!
  September 25, 2010
Very good U-Boat! I love the way you built the body. I wish I could build one that good, but I don't have enough of the right kind of gray pieces. All I have are mostly colored pieces. But anyway, I'd give it a 5/5 rating. Also, I'd really appreciate it if you'd comment on my Type VIIC U-34 U-Boat. Keep up the good work!!:)
 I made it 
  April 1, 2010
Quoting Mr. Inkognito You know its VERY close to minifig scale even if you state it isnt ;-) An U-boat is very complex and hard to build (like every other ebject with a complex shaped hull). 1 point for the difficultness and 1 point for your result. Very well done! Looks like you build one of the earlier type with 88mm cannon (I think it was not a 105mm cannon) and only one AA. You know later on VIIC did not have a cannon but 5 AA guns mounted in three turrets. The rest of the boat looks like the orginal as far as I can check in some minutes. 1 more point. Painting is great with different colored bricks and it looks nearly perfect used :-) 1 more point. Lots of pics with much details. I miss a stem pic where I can see the main deck from above or from aside. Some pics are blurred, thats a pity!!!! No points for the pics, sorry. I guess it would look great next to my (virtual) Tirpitz. For this I give an extra mood point. I love it! 5/5!
WWI era U-boats and earlier Type VIIA boats used the smaller 88mm gun, but as torpedoes became harder and harder to produce and were used less and less, the Type VIIB and VIIC boats were fitted with 105mm fast-firing deck guns and around 120 rounds of ammunition. the Type VIIC/41 was the version you describe, with either two double 20mm mounts diagonally opposed, a Flakvierling quad 20mm mount or a combination of both. I believe a good example is the U-534 which is sitting in Birkenhead, UK waiting to be restored.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2010
I was about to say nice but this is better than that so I say:coooool coooool coooool coooool!!!!
 I like it 
  March 26, 2010
You know its VERY close to minifig scale even if you state it isnt ;-) An U-boat is very complex and hard to build (like every other ebject with a complex shaped hull). 1 point for the difficultness and 1 point for your result. Very well done! Looks like you build one of the earlier type with 88mm cannon (I think it was not a 105mm cannon) and only one AA. You know later on VIIC did not have a cannon but 5 AA guns mounted in three turrets. The rest of the boat looks like the orginal as far as I can check in some minutes. 1 more point. Painting is great with different colored bricks and it looks nearly perfect used :-) 1 more point. Lots of pics with much details. I miss a stem pic where I can see the main deck from above or from aside. Some pics are blurred, thats a pity!!!! No points for the pics, sorry. I guess it would look great next to my (virtual) Tirpitz. For this I give an extra mood point. I love it! 5/5!
Pete Franklin
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Creat1ve Christian
  March 25, 2010
Very Nice work, Just amazing. And also thanks for rating my Bismarck ;).
 I like it 
  March 22, 2010
I love your boat. Very nice job. I also loved your first one. I sent you an email about your deck gun.
 
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