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Bronco 1/350 U-boat type IX, U-37

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This is the Bronco kit in 1/350. They pretty nicely detailed with photo etch included for the rails. These are a little fiddly but do look nice on the completed kit. In fact it was the photo etch that caused this kit to end up on the shelf of doom a few years ago, but I decided to either finish it or throw it out. Two options are given, U 37 an U 40.

I chose to do U 37. The submarine had a long and successful career, embarking on 11 war patrols between the outbreak of WW2 and April of 1942, sinking 55 ships at 211,000 tonnes. After this, she was designated a training vessel in the Baltic, where U 37 would serve out the remainder of the war. Unlike many U boots, U 37 suffered no casualties through the entire war. On May 5th, her crew scuttled her in Horup Haff. I guess she got this colour scheme during her training days, as the Baltic tends to be a bit icy. Colours used were White Ensign Models schlickgrau 58 for the conning tower and upper hull with schiffsbodenfarbe III for the anti fowling. Decks were stained black with white being sprayed in a rough manner over the 58 grau for the camouflage. 




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