TA DA!! Nicks Revell 212A build
This started out as many of these things do … a bargain, and don’t we all love a good bargain.
In this case it was a Revell 1:144 212A, with a very heavily discounted price ticket due to it having a very scruffy box.
I’d been looking for some light relief from a scratch build, this looked like it would do nicely and give me a really quite small working sub. There may be more on the scratch build which features 3D printing for some parts, maybe a hybrid piston tanks and ballast bag dive system.
The 212 class was designed for use by the German navy in shallow waters and are able to operate in as little as 17m, primarily the Baltic and Mediterranean Sea are their home waters.
The boats use conventional diesels for surface running but once submerged they switch over to a rather neat hydrogen/oxygen fuel system, the fuel cells sit outside the pressure hull. The drive is exceptionally quiet and the 212’s are reputed to be a bit of nightmare to hunt down, just as well given the tight waters they work in.
They are currently armed with Seashark and/or Blackshark fibre optically guided torpedoes and optionally externally mounted mines.
The full sized 212 is quite small and agile, the 1:144 is tiny and probably quite agile too.
First small issue is I was sent the wrong kit, to their credit they did realise this before it arrived and the replacement was on the way before I'd sent the wrong one back. I have the suspicion that a Airbus A380 wouldn’t work quite so well although the general body shape is kind of submarine shape it is a little small in the beam.
So a small delay while the real kit is delivered, but in the meantime plenty of things to do which I'll list in part 2 in a few days.