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Das Uboot: U-BOOT TYP VII C - 1/38 (minifig) scale with full interior.

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Hello : o)

I wanted to share with you my most laborious MOC so far, the:

U-BOOT TYP VII C - 1/38 (minifig) scale with full interior.


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~ 177 CM (~70 INCH) LONG
~ 15.000 PARTS
~ 4.5 YEARS OF WORK


[GOALS]

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The model was supposed to represent a ship from the initial period of the war.
It does not show a specific copy, but it should resemble uboots such as U-69 or U-96 (known from the classic Das Boot movie).
I wanted to get a fairly good representation of both the curves of the hull and as many pieces of internal equipment as possible.

 

[MODEL CHARACTERISTICS]

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It consists of 6 modules that naturally represent the 6 sections of a real ship:

1. The forward torpedo room and crew compartment [Bow: ~ 3600 parts]
2. Officers', radio and listening room [Front mess: ~ 2000 parts]
3. Control room with conning tower [Control room: ~ 2700 parts]
4. Petty Officers' romm and galley [Rear mess: ~ 1700 parts]
5. Diesel engines room [Diesels: ~ 2400 parts]
6. Electric engines and aft torpedo room [Stern: ~ 2800 parts]

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In each module, the port and / or starboard can be removed.
So the entire model can represent the ship from the outside or with an open interior.
The target configuration is with the starboard closed and the port open.

I finally made two photo sessions of the entire model - in a fully closed configuration and with a closed starboard and open port side.

Adittionally I have prepared presentation of individual modules separately.

 

[CONSTRUCTION]

The construction was planned to be made in sections and I started from the control room.
Each module was first designed in LDD (first the hull, then the interior) and then built in reality.

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The modules were created in this order:
3. Control room
2. Front mess
1. Bow
4. Rear mess
5. Diesels
6. Stern

Designing started on 26.12.2017.

 

[PHOTOS]

I invite you to view photos.
I'm sorry that there are so many, but I couldn't resist.
(it took me about 3 months to photograph and post-process them)

Flickr albums (part of the photos):
0. Overall: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300082599
1. Bow: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300077412
2. Front mess: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300086873
3. Control room: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300082694
4. Rear mess: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300082699
5. Diesels: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300086878
6. Stern: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300077462
0-6. Alltogether: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pigletciamek/albums/72177720300076411


BS (all photos):
0. Overall: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584704
1. Bow: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584706
2. Front mess: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584707
3. Control room: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584708
4. Rear mess: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584709
5. Diesels: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584710
6. Stern: https://brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=584711

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Greetings : o)

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The level of detail on your Type VIIc U-Boat is INSANE! Everything is included and it has the ability to be split into segments. Then you went and really built it! This is a masterpiece. I love how you even have a torpedo being ejected from a tube as an option.

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Just WOW! Incredible details and perfect design. Seen from a distance it would not seem to have been built with Lego, you managed to get a moc at the limits of photorealistic perfection, not to mention that it is in a minifig scale! :blush:

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Absoluteky amazing. I have experimented with submarines myself but I never thought such a large and realistic Lego model would be possible :thumbup:

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Ciamosław, this is simply stunning. This is one of the very best builds I have ever seen. Amazing work. The 4+ years of effort has paid off. I hope it has brought you a lot of satisfaction seeing the end result. Thank you for blessing us with this.

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It's always incredible to see what people can make out of "normal" plastic model kits, but you making a minifig scale boat out of bricks brings it to another level. Simply stunning!

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WOW *oh2**oh2**oh2* !!!

Definitely something made of LEGO you don't see every day. Congratulations and thank you for sharing!

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This is so awesome I signed in (it has been a while) to tell you just how awesome it is!

Very well done!

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This is just amazing.

Wonderful job, highly detailed, historically accurate. Awesome.

Thank you for sharing this great U-boot.

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On 6/27/2022 at 1:58 PM, Feuer Zug said:

I love how you even have a torpedo being ejected from a tube as an option

Well... this is a cheat - it's just half of he torpedo stick to the opened torpedo tube hatch : o)

 

Thanks for your appreciation! : o)

I got some additional WIPs pictures:

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Epic.

 

what I live more than all the amazing details is that it’s actually minifig scale, with actual mini figs!

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I lost mine words for it........*huh*:thumbup:. If this was a set of lego, I would bought it. Even it was €2000,-.

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This is an incredible model even just from the outside. With the interior, it's on another level altogether!

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Absolutely stunning model! This even trumps your previous masterpiece "Return to Schloss Ferkelstein"!

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I have to second a lot of comments already posted: This is absolutely stunning Ciamoslav!! *oh2*

I have been inside the U2540 in Wilhelmshaven and your level of detail is really spot on. (Even when your MOC is representing an older version of U-Boats).
I would love to see this IRL. :wub:  Just to look at all the features you have implemented. I guess you could watch it a couple of hours and still see hidden details you have not yet realized.

Thank you so much for working on it 4+ years - it really has payed off! :thumbup:

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Absolutely incredible work!!! The level of detail boggles the imagination. Congratulations on a perfectly executed idea.

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But where is the Ark of the Covenant stored? :grin: (I never under stood how they were supposed to get that to the secret sub base... there is just no room for the crate in the sub, much less down the hatch without going vertical.)

Anyway, awesome MOC of the sub from Das Boot / Raiders of the Lost Ark!

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