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Building a Type IX U-boat, 1/400 scale...

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"Crewmate Erik Brandlen shares a build story of Mirage Models Type IX U-boat kit, 1/400 scale, in this MSW Feature!"



intro...
This is the first installment of a series of U-boat kit build articles. This first focuses on a 1/400 scale type IX B by Mirage. I bought a couple U-boat kits made by Mirage because they’re inexpensive, under $10.00, and look to be quick builds.




The Type IX B was a slightly bigger boat than the Type VII most modelers are familiar with. The particular Type IX Mirage chose to model is the U-511, a boat used to test the plausibility of firing rockets from submerged U-boats. More information on that project can be found at prinzeugen.com



Basic changes from the "A" variant to the "B" were in enlarging the bunkers to increase the radius of action.

Displacement................ 1,051 tons surface; 1,178 tons submerged
Dimensions..................... 251' x 21'3" x 15' 6"
Engines............................ twin shaft diesel and electric
Power (diesel)........... 4,400 hp (electric)....... 1,000 hp
Speed (diesel).......... 18.25 knots (electric)...... 7.25 knots
Bunkers........................ 166 tons of fuel oil
Radius (diesel)..... 8,700 miles @ 12 knots (electric).. 64 miles @ 4 knots
Tubes (fwd)........... four 21 inch (aft)............ Two 21 inch
(carried twenty two torpedoes or forty two mines)
Guns.......................... Single 4.1 inch deck gun
AA Guns.................. Single 37mm and Single 20mm
Crew........................ 48 men

As the war progressed, the deck gun was removed and the AA armament was increased in various ways. Most boats replaced the single 20mm mount with four single mount or two twin 20mm mounts and in some cases, with the quad 20mm mounts. As in almost all boats - as the war progressed, the size of the crew increased.
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About the Author

About Grenadier37
FROM: TEXAS, UNITED STATES

I started building models when I was a kid. Took some time away then returned to the hobby later in life.


Comments

Great build… I have some Mirage’ s on my stash (seem to be always on sale in Squadron monthly catalog!). Definitively using your WIPs as a guide, thanks for sharing
JAN 19, 2009 - 05:47 AM
Excellent weathering and build up of one of Mirages' products. Like James, I really like their product line. Thanks for the heads up on the color scheme, I was wondering about that black on the lower hull as I am building up a IX C from Hobby Boss' line of 1/700 subs right now and the destructions call for flat black.
JAN 19, 2009 - 04:22 PM
looks great and stand/display is very classy. I also enjoyed your gallery stuff, spitfire mmmmm. Cheers!
JAN 19, 2009 - 11:24 PM
Very nice paintjob on that little boat. good presentation too, even if I think the big block takes a little too much attencion away from your model. Cheers/Jan
JAN 20, 2009 - 01:11 AM
I like it, the worlds first boomer. Thanks for sharing!
JAN 20, 2009 - 01:56 AM
Thanks all for the positive comments. Next on my U-boat build list is a Mirage Type IIV with TMW photo etch detail set. That is once I finish the...and the...and the...and the... The base was made from pieces and parts from Michael's (craft store). I think I spent $2.50 on all the materials and 15 minutes building it.
JAN 20, 2009 - 06:25 AM
I consider Michaels my “LHS”… gotta love those 50% off coupons! Look forward to seeing more of your work, cheers
JAN 27, 2009 - 05:47 AM