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4.0 out of 5 stars Large and More Detail, 27 Feb. 2012
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This review is from: Revell 1:72 Scale Submarine Typ VIIC (Toy)
This German Uboat kit is almost 3ft long and has much more detail than the smaller scales. It is quite easy to assemble and makes a nice static display. It can be converted for radio control if desired with a few adaptions, by adding a motor, steel prop shafts and brass propellers. I have seen several of these models adapted for this purpose, and although not as large as the proper radio controlled submarine models, they do look quite good in the water.

However, I bought this model for a different purpose although I did build it as a display model. I have built this model for a large Tropical Fish Tank Display, replicating a sunken submarine which I have modeled in two halves. First I assembled the kit as a full version of the submarine. I then cut it in half using a small modelers disc cutter to a jagged edged shape and bent the broken ends by applying some heat to the plastic, which replicates twisted metal plates. The front section was cut just forward of the conning tower and I have cut a large jagged hole in one side about two inches from the bow section to replicate torpedo damage. This bow section lies in the tank at a 60 degree angle and the bow has been burried in the gravel resting between 2 rocks, which also acts as a support. The rear section of the model including the conning tower has been similar treated to replicate damage and this section lies on the bottom of the tank, half on its side with the conning tower at a 45 degree angle, about six inches away from the bow section. Before placing the model in the display tank, I painted the model a dark grey and then added various shades of brown paint to replicate rust. The the two halves were then left to soak in an old unused fish tank for several weeks, to leach out all the toxic chemicals from the paint and glue, which would be harmful to the fish. By placing this soaking tank outside in bright sunlight, the model attracted a very light coating of green algaie, which added to the effect when placed in the display tank.

There are many sunken ship ornaments available from Aquarium suppliers, which don't really look like the real thing and are rather tacky if you want my honest opinion, but this large German Uboat model really looks very authentic in its watery grave, amongst the plants and rocks. My bow fronted display tank is four foot long which allowed me to display the submarine in two separate halves. which creates a very nice display. I have over eighty fish in the display tank, including 50 Neon Tetras, which have made the submarine their shoaling ground, together with the rest of the small fish collection, this submarine has made an unusual but very authentic and attractive fish tank display for my fish keeping hobby. Warning to any one else considering using a submarine model for this purpose. The smaller submarine kits are too small to be authentic for this kind of display, as even small fish look too large against the model, that is why I went for the larger 1/72 scale. As long as you keep to small fish varieties they will not look out of proportion. Also if you decide to use this model, make sure that your tank is large enough to display it, so that it does not dominate the tank. I have several fish tanks with various displays and have had many comments on this particular tank display. It is really something different to consider if you keep tropical fish. If you decide to use sunken ships for any fish tank display, consider buying a proper authentic replica model, rather than aquarium display ornaments made for this purpose. They look too artifical, where a proper model looks much more authentic and realistic.

WARNING! Glue and paint can be harmful to plants & fish, so make sure you thoroughly soak the completed model for at least several weeks, before adding it to a tank which contains the above.
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Initial post: 27 Nov 2013, 13:51:05 GMT
Sounds absolutely fantastic. Do you have any photos available anywhere online, please?

Posted on 13 Feb 2017, 14:12:04 GMT
I'm just seconding Billy The Baker's request for pics...

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Feb 2017, 21:09:50 GMT
G.H. says:
Billy & Sebastion. re Fish Tank Submarine Display.

I haven't any photos of the tank I'm afraid, and no longer have the tank, as I sold it about 12 months ago including the submarine display. Reason, because I was downsizing house move and wouldn't have the room for it. I just wish I had taken some photos of it, but unfortunately I didn't. Sorry. I was toying with doing a Titanic model for the tank, instead of the sub, but opted for the sub in the end.
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