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U-Boat Type VIID Minenleger

AFV Club 1/350 U-Boat Type VIID Minenleger Kit First Look

By Cookie Sewell

Date of Review December 2009 Manufacturer AFV Club
Subject U-Boat Type VIID Minenleger Scale 1/350
Kit Number 73505 Primary Media 81 parts (66 in olive drab styrene, 15 etched brass)
Pros Choice of waterline or full hull model; very petite details; optional “lift-off” feature for pressure hull Cons Very petite parts easily broken
Skill Level Intermediate MSRP (USD) $30.00

First Look

AFV Club continues with their line of WWII German U-boats with the long-hulled Typ VII D U-boot, which was built as a mine layer. The sub had five mine carrying compartments added amidships and based on source could carry from 15 to 35 mines for laying. Later the Germans used this hull design to create the Typ VII F, which carried extra torpedoes for reloading other U-boats.

Like the previous B and C it is petite, but as it is the “long hull” it measures some 3 cm longer at 22 cm. The molded detail on this submarine is amazing – as before it too shares the B sprue with the VII B kit – and it offers the ability to open up the completed hull and view the pressure hull and conning tower protrusion once finished.

But this kit only comes with one conning tower and no optional “Wintergarten” fits for the antiaircraft suite.

The model provides a wealth of tiny details in the form of most of the braces, brackets and guards found on the original and even provides for rotation of the deck gun on the finished model. All parts appear to be nearly scale, which causes a normal problem with AFV Club kits of very fragile and tiny parts requiring extreme care in handling them. Four torpedoes are provided for diorama fans wanting port details to go with the model. It also provides “kill pennants” for ships sunk in etched brass.

This kit offers finishing options for either U-213, U-216 or U-218 with conning tower decals for each ship.

Overall this is again a neat little model and one that will help anyone wishing to model either a “wolfpack” or a collection of German U-boat types. Bet on the Type VII F to follow!

Sprue Layout:

  • A 12 Lower hull, pressure hull,
  • B 45 Type VII B base, deck guns, hull details
  • C 9 Type VII D upper hull, details, conning tower
  • M 14 Etched brass