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U-Boat Half-Water Display Base

ODG Studios 1/72 U-Boat Half-Water Display Base First Look

by Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2013 Manufacturer ODG Studios
Subject U-Boat Half-Water Display Base Scale 1/72
Set Number - Pros Excellent way to display Revell 1/72 Type VIIC U-Boat
Cons Nothing noted Skill Level Experienced
MSRP (USD) $TBA (contact ODG Studios for details)    

First Look

ODG Studios is an interesting company that produces a range of display bases for the science fiction community and has released a fascinating display concept for Revell's magnificent 1/72 Type VIIC U-Boat. What you're seeing above and below is a display that depicts the submarine underway at sea, but in the image above, the submarine is riding the surface of the ocean, on the right, the submarine is suspended above the base. These images were from an initial limited edition cast in clear resin and can still be had by special order (contact Dan via the ODG Studios link below), but the casting is a bit expensive. What we're about to see here is the new release that is about to be released.

U-Boat Half-Water Display Base

The three images below show (respectively) the front, rear, and top of a mold master which will be cast in the lightweight brown foam which is significantly less expensive than solid clear resin. You can see in the rear image (middle, below) the recess where your completed submarine will mount to the side of the 'water' display.

U-Boat Half-Water Display Base U-Boat Half-Water Display Base U-Boat Half-Water Display Base

As you can see in the last image above is that this display is relatively narrow and about 38 inches (1 meter) long. It won't work on its own, you'll have to provide a wooden base and some vertical displacement to replicate the display in the first two images.

So why am I excited about this display? I have the Revell kit as well as all three of the CMK resin interior cut-aways to depict different spaces within the hull. My problem was how to display this model without being a boring static display with full hull on one side and cutaway display on the other. Now I can build the submarine with its interior spaces and have a way to route power throughout the hull to illuminate those spaces. On the port side of the model, folks will see the boat running on the surface with a watch team on the bridge. Come around to the other side and admire the confined spaces below with some additional details as shown in that outstanding movie 'Das Boot'.

The wood display base will house the power and switches as well as mount the water display and submarine. The question becomes clear resin or brown foam? Either one will need painting whether they are translucent colors or some of the new opaque and translucent colors coming onto the market. The foam will look just as good as the painted clear and yet be lighter for transportation (not to mention less expensive).

If you're a naval modeler or aspire to be one, here is one innovative display idea that is simply brilliant. Now I can depict my model in action AND as a cut-away AND have lighting without the problem of hiding wires. Kudos to ODG Studios for this one.

If U-Boots aren't your thing, take a look at some of the other interesting displays on the ODG Studios website. I'm already salivating over the new display base being produced for the Revell (Matchbox) 1/72 Flower-class corvette kits. There are also a growing range of science fiction bases on the site as well.

This display base and other naval items will be sold via D&D Hobbies while the science fiction displays are currently available via CultTVman Hobbies.

My sincere thanks to ODG Studios for this review sample!

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