you really are not kidding with this one -! The amount of errors you found and the changes you are planning is amazing! This will be a most interesting build, really looking forward to following along!
Thanks Jan.. just keep reading.. this kit is full of errors, some easily made, some schoolboy errors are there too..
To start, I'd like to show you the re positioned Anchor recess. This clear plastic is soooooo brittle. You may notice it "de-laminates" as you cut it, shattering away at the edge. I have peeled away the dodgy areas and filled them with a mixture of poly sheet and Extra thin.
I now need to leave it for a few weeks to thoroughly cure befor final filling and clean up.. we don't want anything to sneak up on us once finished do we!!
On to some more errors Trumpeter have made here.. as you are already aware I am of the opinion they up scaled the Revell wolf pack kit as they have made the same errors externally. Well it would appear they have copied the 1/72 interior made by CMK for the Revell kit. There are huge square boxes on the sides of the CMK torpedo tubes, they also appear on the Trumpeter kit?? I cannot find a single reference that shows this. It is also clear they have either visited U995 at Laboe, or used the many online resources of this type viic as I am doing.. trouble is, they have included such things as fire extinguishers (Z13), added recently, they have included the sheet metal fabricated trunking for modern day lighting cables (marked in red), and even included what I think are electric heaters (Z24) added to keep the sub dry. (At least I think they are modern day heaters, please say if you know different)? AND.. what on earth is G6??? There should be oxygen canisters where they have put this part.. it looks like a hydraulic tank with pump and regulator??
They have also got the stowage doors wrong, in size and position and the flat wooden panel extends too far forward with a fictitious switch panel fitted to it. (Again, a copy of the CMK kit parts) The errors just keep coming!!
So, I've decided I need to go to town on this and make it more accurate and less toy like. This will mean some serious modification and a lot of surgery. I can see the bow section taking months alone, So I'll need to put this down from time to time to prevent losing my mojo..
You will see here I've started correcting the floor. Again, Trumpeter have copied the chequer plate that the museum has down to protect the original floor.. not quite sure how I'll get around this?? The front section of the floor will need to be removed as there is only a very narrow section between the tubes. I have also removed the plastic lumps from the deck head as I would rather replace it correct I beams. (T sections to be precise).
The torpedo storage deck is too long in the kit and is mounted too low down.
Next we have what I think is the biggest boo boo in the torpedo room. The kit has one clear side to expose the inner workings of the type viic right.. well, you would think the first thing to be considered and be shown is the pressure hull. This is the one most important aspect of any submarine, how it withstands the massive pressures encountered under water, but no, Trumpeter couldn't even get this bit right.. this is what you get for the pressure hull front bulkhead...
Can you imagine what would happen to this flat face when put under pressure?
Please ignore the chopped up torpedo tubes, they are still a work in progress.. I have slipped them into the flat part to show you what we get in the kit as an assembly..
So, with much work and measuring a million times and cutting once I have corrected the situation..
Now we have a correctly formed pressure hull Bow which will withstand massive pressure. We even have the mounting flanges for the torpedo tubes to slot into.
Not the two together for comparison. The mouldings locate a torpedo control panel and the gearbox for the Windlass. These will now be correctly located on strips between the torpedo tube mounting flanges.
I have also modified the Windlass support beam to more correctly represent the real thing. It's extended, reshaped, had holes filled and holes and slots added. Other than these changes it was perfect!!
Obviously, all the work you can see here is incomplete, most is still curing off and will be finished with primer and Mr Surfacer before being painted..
Thanks for stopping by.. I will have more on this very soon. If you can offer any help or advice, or see me going wrong please shout.. I am open to criticism as well as praise.