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Type XXI U-boat
AFV Club 1/350 Type XXI U-boat
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by: Ted Hayward [ TED_HAYWARD ]


Originally published on:
Model Shipwrights

The KitÖ


This being AFV Clubís first submarine release, itís a simple kit, unfettered by any metal PE parts. Unlike the recent sub kits from AFV Club, it includes no PE optional parts. Though construction is easy, the detail is certainly not lacking. All vents and panel lines are well-defined, with very delicately-molded gun barrels and periscopes. The sleek, uncluttered shape of the Type XXI makes for an enjoyable weekend project, ideal for any novice builder. Options include either open or closes torpedo doors, and moving gun turrets and rudder. Included is a neat display stand with name plaque, but no torpedoes (as in the recent kits from AFV Club). The finished model nicely completes my steadily-expanding collection of 1/350th scale German U-boats from AFV Club, alongside the Mk. XII B, C, and C41 types. After building AFV Cubís excellent Japanese subs, Iím anxiously looking forward to the addition of a new Gato class US submarine. Decals for 3 boats are included.
SUMMARY
Highs: Affordable weekend project. Perfect for the beginner.
Lows: Unappealing box art. Offers very little challenge.
Verdict: An essential addition to any collection of German U-boats.
Percentage Rating
85%
  Scale: 1:350
  Mfg. ID: AFV3501
  Suggested Retail: $10.95
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  PUBLISHED: Jul 20, 2010
NETWORK-WIDE AVERAGE RATINGS
  THIS REVIEWER: 92.73%
  MAKER/PUBLISHER: 89.65%

About Ted Hayward (ted_hayward)
FROM: TAIPEI, TAIWAN / 台灣

From B.C., Canada. Living in Taiwan for past several years. I've been building kits for as long as memory serves -armor, aircraft, cars. Big fan of 1/16th scale armor kits. Currently serving as poster boy for working with CA adhesives in a well-ventilated area. My first kit was the positively awful ...

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Another cracking U-Boat from AFV. I have to work out how to do a sort of "Box Diorama" to show the boat snorkeling. Si
JUL 22, 2010 - 04:28 AM
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