I'm almost done with my minifig scale Type IXc U-Boat and thought I'd share. It's modeled after the U-505 which is on display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. I have a type VIIc U-Boat in drydock. I always wanted to power up a U-boat and have some working functions and it wasn't possible with my type VIIc as it was a cutaway with full interior. So I decided to built one modeled after the U-505. It will be fully enclosed. I learned much from building the other submarine and also some new techniques with the Schnellboot. My U-505 has a much better looking stern and accurate bow along with increasing some weak points that I discovered in the other boats.
The type IX's were large ocean going U-Boat's and were roughly 35' longer than a type VII. The most noticable difference besides the length is some sexy conning towers and the lack of obvious saddle tanks. My boat will have 5 functions; all controlled by touch sensors from a detachable control panel.
1) Moving propellers
2) Moving Stern Dive Planes
3) Moving Bow Dive Planes
4) Opening/Closing Bow Torpedo Doors
5) Raising/Lowering Attack Periscope.
I have two videos on my flickr account (I can't get them to embed) of the stern dive planes and periscope.
Edited by nebraska, 28 August 2012 - 11:14 PM.