Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Das Boot

Here are some images of Dave Porters Revell 1/72 scale Type VII C U Boat with the markings from the German mini series Das Boot. Here is Dave's description.

This is a box stock build of Revell’s Type 7 u-boat in 1/72. I feel that this is an incredible kit. The detail is very good and the fit is reasonable. I think the price is very good too. I was able to pick mine up for about $70.00. There is tons of aftermarket stuff for the model that is readily available. I finished it in Tamiya colors that were mixed with the help of RLM color chips. Revell has also introduced the Atlantic late model Type 7 u-boat. Now I’m waiting for a type 9 or a type 21.

From Wikipedia "

Das Boot ("The Boat", German pronunciation: [das ˈboːt]) is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer and Klaus Wennemann. It is an adaption of the 1973 German novel Das Boot by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. Set during World War II, the film tells the story of U-96, a single patrol U-boat, and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. The story is based on an amalgamation of the exploits of the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat commanded by Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, one of Germany's top U-boat "tonnage aces" during the war.

Development for Das Boot began in 1979. Several American directors were considered three years earlier before the film was shelved. During the film's production, Hans-Joachim Krug, former first officer on U-219, served as a consultant, as did Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, the captain of the real U-96. One of Petersen's goals was to guide the audience through "a journey to the edge of the mind" (the film's German tagline Eine Reise ans Ende des Verstandes), showing "what war is all about."

Produced with a budget of 32 million DM, the film was released on September 17, 1981 and was later released in 1997 in a director's cut version supervised by Petersen. It grossed over $80 million ($190.2 million in 2009 prices) worldwide between its theatrical releases and received much critical acclaim. Its high production cost ranks it among the most expensive films in the history of German cinema. It was the second most expensive up until that time, after Metropolis.


Pablo J. Álvarez said...

The best kit of the VII class in 1/72 scale. Good finished and weathering. It's a big proyect, Plenty of work hours.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Pablo.


Diego said...

Great job. I see you like extreme realism. I congratulate you on the level of detail


Anonymous said...

Thank you Diego.