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Offline schemelschelm

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Hi.

This is Martin from Germany and I want to show you some pics of my WIP of my Type VIID-Submarine U-213 in 1/72, which I have almost finished.

I choose this boat, because it was the first Type VIID and the Commander, Olt. z.S. Amelung von Varendorff, was 2.WO on U-47 at his raid to Scapa Flow.

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General information about the U- Boat Type VII D / classification

In addition to those already in service underground mine-layers of the type XB German engineers designed on the basis of the draft VII-C boat , the minelayer version VII D. The draft VII C was doing an additional approximately ten meters long mine section directly behind the command center complements . In this section , five vertical shafts were to receive three modified SMA / hawser mines that could be notched at diving trip to the bottom. In addition, the boats carried an increased amount of fuel to increase the route with them. However, the boats were not as efficient as a conventional VII C, because in spite of increased dimensions, the propulsion system remained unchanged. A total of only six boats, built U -213 to U -218 , on the Friedrich Krupp Germania Werft AG in Kiel (factory 583 ) . The need of the German navy in special underground mine -layers was limited, because all German submarines could place especially for them developed hawser and magnetic mines. These were thrown by compressed air from the 53.3 cm torpedo tubes. Normally, could (depending on type ) instead of a spare torpedoes 2-3 mines are carried. As a result, could be carried on board , instead of the 26 to 39 torpedoes mines a normal VII C boat . The mines of the D VII were open and thus constantly flooded. The laying of the mines could be obeyed from the boat personnel properly themselves.
Of the six built VII D- boats survived only one , U -218 , the war , which was later fitted with a snorkel system and a second anti-aircraft platform , which two of the five mine shafts hidden (and thus probably useless made ​​) .

The U- boat Type VII F has yet been developed on the basis of the VIID. This version was built primarily as a torpedo carrier. In contrast to the Type VII D loading capacity was created instead of the mine hatches. Since the acquisition of torpedoes by another boat the emergence of both units required and this was extremely risky in the Atlantic by the danger of air-raids , the boats were mainly used for transport between bases, especially the base of the so-called "monsoon boats" in Penang (Malaysia) used. From the Type VII F four boats were built , of which only one survived the war.

Technical Data VII D

• Maximum Operating Depth: 150 m (shipyard stated)
• Maximum quantity of fuel : 169.4 tons
• Lowest Fast Even time : 30 seconds
• Engine : diesel engines: 2 Engine (MAN , Krupp )
E- machine : 2 units (various makes)
• Maximum output of the machines :
surfaced : 3200 hp
immersed : 750 hp
• Displacement:
  about 965 tons of water , under water 1,080 tons, a total of 1,285 tons
• Length: Overall, 76.9 m, 59.8 m pressure body
• Width: Overall, 6.38 m, 4.7 m pressure body
• Draft: 5.01 m
• Height: 9.7 m
• Speed: 16.7 kn on water , under water 7.3 kn
• Range: 11,200 nautical miles over water ( 20,700 km ) at 10 kn ,
  under water 69 nautical miles (130 km ) at 4 kn
• Torpedo Armament: 4 torpedo tubes at the bow, 1 stern torpedo tube
• carried torpedoes : 12 to 14 ( the sources differ here )
• carried mines in the shafts : 15
• Flak - Armament: up to 1942 1 × 2cm Flak , later 2 × 2cm Flak + 1 × 3.7 cm Flak
• Other: at the time of entry into VIID boats was on all boats still
  the deck gun mounted, the net cutter was gone


The story of U -213

U -213 was the first boat of the type VII D ordered 16 February 1940 by the Navy procurement office, layed down on 1. October 1940 on the Friedrich Krupp Germania Werft AG , Kiel (factory 583 ) Yard No. 645 and was completed on 24 July 1941. On 30 August 1941 the 28-year old Oberleutnant zur See Amelung of Varendorff get the command of the boat. From Varendorff came from an old German noble family and was born on 20 December 1913 in Kiel. His entry into the Kriegsmarine was on 5 April 1935 , he belongs like Günther Reeder (U -214 ), Kurt Reichenbach-Klinke (U -217 ) and Reinhard " Teddy" Suhren (U -564 ) to Crew 35. Von Varendorff was promoted to Lieutenant on 1 October 1939 and served as the 2. WO under Günther Prien in U- 47 during its attack on the British Home Fleet at Scapa Flow in October 1939.

U -213 was ordered for crew training to the 5. U- Boat Flotilla (Kiel)  and remained there until 31 December 1941. On 1 January 1942 it becomes a front boat of the 1. U- Boat Flotilla (Brest). On 1 May 1942 it was ordered to the 9. U- Boat Flotilla (Brest) as a front boat and remained in this until his demise.

The tower - Maling of U -213 was the " Snorting Bull" - the symbol which OLt. Engelbert Endrass, 1. WO on U-47 , later commander of U -46 and U -567 and winner of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves , had drawn on the return trip from Scapa Flow on the tower of the boat. The idea for this Maling came Endrass since the bull symbolized not stubbornness , but the determination of Prien for the implementation of this bold enterprise. Endrass drew the Maling to the tower of U -47 , while Prien early in the morning was still asleep , von Varendorff stood on the bridge so secure that Prien did not notice something. They wanted surprise Prien - and they succeeded . The Maling justified then known to the nickname Prien - " The Bull of Scapa Flow" .
The Snorting Bull later became the symbol of 7. U- Flotilla (St. Nazaire ) and was also used by other boats. It is obvious that von Varendorff take the Snorting Bull on the tower of his boat because of his attachment to Prien and U-47.

U -213 completed three patrols during its service life, which all led it into the North Atlantic . The boat sank or damaged no enemy ships during its period of use.


Unternehmen "Grete"

On 25 April 1942 took U -213 on his second patrol after a short stop in Lorient, where a guest was taken on board , by the Bay of Biscay course on the North American east coast.

After a three-week crossing over the sea the boat reached the coast of Canada near a small uninhabited area called Great Salmon River. This was about 10 miles east of the village of St. Martins, on the north coast of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. On 14 May 1942 the crew of U -213 brought its "Passenger ", Lt. Alfred Langbein, an agent of the German "Abwehr" on land. U-213 was able to remove from the coast unnoticed, after the crew members returned. Langbein's mission was to inform the German naval command by radio about expiring convoys from Halifax, one of the greatest Allied ports in the North Atlantic.

In order to camouflage themselves Langbein should output as " Alfred Haskins " from Toronto during his stay in Canada. The agent buried after landing the radio transmitter near its landing site , went to the small village of St. Martins , bought food in a local shop and then hitched a ride to Saint John , where he later take a train to Montreal.
A short time later Langbein moved to Ottawa and lived from the money, which he get to fulfill his mission by the German secret service. In September 1944, he turned to the Canadian authorities and introduced himself as a german. Various sources claim that Langbein gives up because he ran out of money. Langbein was not punished by the Canadians as a spy, but was taken prisoner of war. He was released after the war.

U -213 get back home after a unsuccessful patrol on 20. June 1942 in Lorient and hauled a few days later at the home port of Brest.


Wolf Pack Operations

U -213 took part on three "Wolf Pack" operations during the war:

1. Operation "Schlei" 1. February to 12. February 1942 together with U -136 , U -404 , U -578 , U -591 , U -656 and U -753 , a total of 3 sinkings with 5,878 GRT by U -136 (Zimmermann)

2. Operation "Westwall" , participation of 2 March to 12 March 1942 together with U-87 , U -135 , U -553 , U -569 , U -701 , U -752 and U -753 , a total of 5 sinkings with 2,594 GRT by U -701 ( sword ) and U -569 ( Hinsch )

3. Operation "Pfadfinder" , participation of 21. May to 27. May 1942 together with U-135 , U-404 , U-432 , U-455 , U-566 , U-578 and U-653 , a total of 10,724 GRT with two sinkings by U-432 ( Schultze ) and U-578 ( Rehwinkel ) .

U -213 was discovered on 7 February 1942 by the escort of the convoy ON- 63, on which it was operating during start-up and attacked. The boat was forced to abort the attack and for diving and was light damaged portside by depth charges in the subsequent persecution . However, U-213 was able to escape his pursuers .

On 15. May 1942, one day after landing the agent Langbein at the Canadian coast, U -213 was surfaced in foggy weather in the Gulf of Maine by a U.S. destroyer on patrol. U-213 was slightly damaged in the subsequent water bomb persecution , but escaped.

The last ride

On 23. July 1942 U-213 starts from Brest to his last patrol. The brief was to operate on the convoy OS-35, which had left Liverpool with 51 ships on 21 July 1942 with destination Freetown. On 31. July 1942 the boat was discovered southeast of the Azores in position 36 ° 45'N 22 ° 50'W from a Geleitsicherungszug, consisting of the British corvettes and frigates ("Sloops" ) HMS Erne ( Black Swan class), HMS Rochester (Shoreham / Falmouth - class) and HMS Sandwich ( Bridgewater - class). It was damaged by depth charges and sunk. All 50 crew members were killed. By fished up debris and body parts, the British could be sure that they had sunk U -213.

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For the build I used the Revell Kit 05015, the Conversion Set from Special Navy, the Eduard PE-Set, the Conversion Set for open Mine-hatches from Robert Schatton, Barrels and antennas from Schatton, the CMK Turret-Set and some scratch-building work.

All flood-holes and -vents were opened by the way.

Painting was realised with Revell-Acryics and artist oil-colors.

























































Hier dann die Schnitt-Bilder und weitere Bilder vom Bau, Flutschlitze öffnen, schnibbeln, schneiden, spachteln:









































Sources for my research were:
www.wikipedia.org
www.uboat.net
www.convoyweb.org.uk
www.naval-history.net
www.u-boot-archiv.de
Köhl/Niestle: U-Boottyp VII C - Vom Original zum Modell
Alexandre Korganoff: Günther Prien – Mit U47 gegen Scapa Flow
« Last Edit: 02 Jan , 2014, 06:21 by schemelschelm »
Greets,
Martin

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #1 on: 09 Jan , 2013, 16:38 »
Very good work Martin! This board will like it as well!
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #2 on: 09 Jan , 2013, 17:44 »
Very nice work Martin!!  It is nice to see a VIID conversion, post all the pictures you can. 
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #3 on: 10 Jan , 2013, 07:25 »
Hi Martin! Really nice work... I mean really! Love it...   :)   Can you post close photos taken above the mine shafts?

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #4 on: 10 Jan , 2013, 09:03 »
Hi Anakin!

No problem. here from above:



Here downside:



And look through the hatches:



Mine and G7a from Schatton:





Scratchbuilded socket:







Scratched Bootshaken (I don't know the english word  :) ):




Greets,
Martin

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #5 on: 16 Jan , 2013, 00:42 »
Wow, she's a beauty! Love the mine containers and the mine! Great display too. Very well done!
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #6 on: 16 Jan , 2013, 16:20 »
Amazing! i have the same project in pending...VIID. As u i've dremeled special navy kit, but i am not sure about mine hatches... on uboot im focus there are different styles... your is ok(there are some pics about it and special navy is mentioned as early while yours are visible from last patrol) now..... i was wandering where did u get those photoetch....
for mine VIID i've buit something similar scratching cmk ones... but i'd like to leave opened some of the mine hatches.

well hope to trun back one day to modelling... my dad need all my attention in his fight against cancer.
btw i really love your work schemelschelm !

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #7 on: 16 Jan , 2013, 23:32 »
Sniper - good luck and we wait for your return
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #8 on: 18 Jan , 2013, 13:57 »
First of all: Sniper, good luck for your dad! That's horrible, my dad had cancer in 1994 and 2011 again. He's a fighter, I hope your dad will be well soon!

To your question: The PE-Parts are from Modellbau Schatton. He offered this set to complete the Special Navy Set. But, he offered the hatches only for the upside. I ordered a second set of hatches from him to complete the underside. I will post a photo of this set soon.

@ all: Thanks a lot for your comments!  :)
« Last Edit: 18 Jan , 2013, 13:59 by schemelschelm »
Greets,
Martin

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #9 on: 22 Jan , 2013, 11:16 »
Wow! amazing work of superdetailing and painting/weathering. I love it. The 88 and the mine compartment/hatches are superlative, also small details like the bell chain and the bootschaken (neither di i know the english term for 'em) are great.
Congrats, Great work indeed!
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Sniper: tieni duro! ..and congrats for the amazing works you've done so far which I never had the chance to congratulate you for.
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #10 on: 23 Jan , 2013, 00:57 »
Superb build, with outstanding superdetailing and weathering.  This is one of the best conversions I have seen.  This is a contest winner in the making!
 
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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #11 on: 23 Jan , 2013, 02:11 »
@ SG and Greif: Thank you very much, I'm proud to get so much feedback from all here!  :)

So, as announced, here are some pics of the Schatton-Set for the open mine-hatches:



As you can see, there is only one mine-tube in the set. It has a diameter of 20mm. It's a part of tube for electric installation in houses an so I bought a tube of 2m length for 1-2 EUR in a do-it-yourself-store and cut it in pieces.
The second etched fret I bought from Robert Schatton seperately for 4 EUR (I think).

The scratched hatch at the end of the mine-housing I made from a part of the Eduard-Set and brass, the resin-part was drilled out with the Dremel:



And here you can see the actual work on the antennas an isulators. I made them from parts of the kit, copper wire and brass:

















So long...  :)
« Last Edit: 23 Jan , 2013, 02:17 by schemelschelm »
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Martin

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #12 on: 23 Jan , 2013, 11:19 »
Hi Martin!

I searched the Schatton pe set but not with any luck... Can you give some direct links to Schatton shop or anything? I have also in my mind to do the VIID conversation! Maybe someday...  :)    And BTW the insulators looks great! I wish i could do the same..   :D   

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Re: U-213 (Type VIID) WIP - Almost Finished (Revell, 1/72)
« Reply #13 on: 23 Jan , 2013, 16:37 »
Hi!

Anakin, here is the link of Modellbau Schatton Website: http://modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de/
And here ist the pricelist: http://modellbau-schatton.privat.t-online.de/html/preisliste.html

The order-number of the set is 72160, the actual price 14,90 EUR.

And here the Email for orders from Schatton: modellbau.schatton@t-online.de

If he doesn't not respond on your email, send me a PM.
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Martin

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« Reply #14 on: 23 Jan , 2013, 23:39 »
The insulators look great Martin, much better then the kit setup.
 
Ernest