U-boat Type IIB (1939)
Designed clandestinely to circumvent the Treaty of Versailles, the Type II U-Boats marked the return of the submarine to a rearming 1930s Germany. Small and rather cramped, the Type IIs were known as 'Dugout Canoes' and were intended as coastal submarines. The 'B' variant was the most produced and was used by the Kriegsmarine for both training and war patrols on the high seas. This kit features a finely detailed full hull with recessed limber holes and raised weld seams, internal stiffening bulkheads, engraved deck, choice of 2 conning tower types, injection-molded railings, 20mm deck gun with alternate mounts, bow cable-cutters, and display stand. Painting reference for 2 German vessels: U-9 as commanded by Oberleutnant zur See Lüth, May 1940 and U-19 as commander by Kapitänleutnant Schepke, March 1940. Completed model is approximately 11.75" long.