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U-Boot VIIc Command Section

CMK 1/72 U-Boot VIIc Command Section First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2005 Manufacturer CMK
Subject U-Boot VIIc Command Section Scale 1/72
Kit Number N72001 Media Resin, Photo-Etch
Pros Incredible interior detail! Cons Costs as much as the kit!
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $55.98

First Look

Revell/Germany produced a highly sought after kit in a huge scale - 1/72. Huge? When the subject is a Type VIIc U-Boat, that's respectable. For those who want larger, Andrea still has their 1/35 Type VIIc kit, but you're on your own getting a larger house to display it!

The kit features nice detailing out of the box (and a big box it is!), and quite a few aftermarket companies have naturally jumped on the bandwagon and have released sets to help detail out the exterior of the kit. These include White Ensign Models and Eduard, who've released some nice details in photo-etch, and interestingly enough, there is very little duplication of details in the two sets - get both! (I did...)

Of course there are but a few ship kits out there that provide any interior details, and for Revell/Germany to attempt an interior in this kit would have likely driven the retail price of the kit out of sight. Nevertheless, the designers at CMK have taken on the challenge and are in the process of releasing three interior detail sets: N72001 - Command Section; N72002 - Torpedo Room; N72003 - Engine Room.

U-Boot VIIc Command Section
U-Boot VIIc Command Section

This set is the command section, which consists of fourteen resin parts and a fret of photo-etched valve wheels and a ladder. Note the US dime in the photos to show the size of these resin parts. The detailing and casting of the resin is very sharp and these appear to be ready to drop into the hull with little preparation.

The main effort will be to cut away the corresponding section out of the right (starboard) side of the hull. Note the razor-blade-shaped object in the lower image. This is a double-sided, very fine razor saw that is included in the kit. This is a first class touch from CMK. Bravo Zulu!

Face it, if you have one of the U-Boat kits (or are considering one) and you are at least partially afflicted with AMS (Advanced Modelers' Syndrome (you can NEVER build anything straight from the box!)), you're going to want to install at least one of these interiors to your submarine. I plan on using all three as these details will turn this kit into a museum-quality display model.

See for yourself and you'll know why I have to rate this 'highly recommended!'