30 July 2003

MiniatureZone Gallery Archives (2000 - 2006) - Jorit Wintjes - Seehund Midget Submarine

This article is one of many articles and gallery contributions from fellow amateur smallscale enthusiasts all over the world that appeared on the old MiniatureZone website during the first six years its existence when there were only a handful of websites dedicated to smallscale models and wargaming. 

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The Seehund midget submarine is actually a 1/87 piece from the Dutch company Artitech. The kit consists of a beautiful one-piece casting and some smaller resin parts; you get two of these waterline subs in one box (or rather bag). I binned the smaller resin parts, made new periscopes and vacuformed a new perspex cupola.

Comparing the result with various references showed two interesting things: 1) there were many small differences between the subs that were actually built and 2) the kit's conning tower is too large for 1/87. This actually made me quite happy - I converted an Airfix MP into a RN officer, and voila: Kiel, August 1945, collection point for ex-Kriegsmarine hardware.

This was really a fun project. Scratchbuilding the smaller parts took perhaps 15 minutes, the rest was painting and  enjoying the result, which could serve as a nice accessory to a harbour layout for a wargame.

Copyright 2003 Jorit Wintjes

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