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German submarine U-boat type XVIIB Walter boats 1/350 Micro-Mir MM350-018

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Product Code: MM350-018
Date Added: 09.01.2015
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 German submarine U-boat type XVIIB Walter boats 
1/350
Micro-Mir MM350-018
Manufacturer: Micro-Mir (Ukraine)
Scale: 1/350
Material: Plastic
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box

The Seehund (German: "seal"), also known as Type XXVII, was a successful series of German midget submarines created during World War II. Designed in 1944, and operated by two man crews, the submarines were used by the Kriegsmarine during the closing months of the war, sinking 9 merchant vessels and damaging an additional 3, with 35 losses mostly attributed to bad weather.

Type XXVIIB

As the orders were being placed, Hecht variants were under construction. The first was the Type XXVIIB, which had a greater range, could carry two G7e torpedoes, and had diesel/electric propulsion. The design was completed at the end of June 1944 and resembledHecht but had a better boat-shaped external casing for improved seakeeping while surfaced, and saddle tanks. Additional room had been made inside the pressure hull by moving the batteries to the keel, while the two torpedoes were slung externally in recesses in the lower hull. A 22 hp diesel engine was fitted for surface use and was estimated to give a surfaced speed of 5.5 kn (10.2 km/h; 6.3 mph), with a 25 hp electric motor providing a submerged speed of 6.9 kn (12.8 km/h; 7.9 mph).

The final variant of the Type XXVII was the Type XXVIIB5, better known as the Seehund ("Seal") or Type 127. Seehund had a small raised platform midships with the air intake mast, magnetic compass, periscope, and a clear dome which could survive depths of 45 m (150 ft). The submarine's fixed 10 m (33 ft) periscope incorporated lenses which let the commander check the sky above for aircraft before surfacing.


Type XXVII B 5 (Seehund) midget submarine
Class overview
Builders: Germaniawerft, Kiel
Operators: Naval flag of Nazi Germany Kriegsmarine
Built: 1944–1945
In commission: 1944–1945
Planned: 1,000
Completed: 285
Active: 138
Lost: 35
General characteristics
Displacement: 17 long tons (17 t) submerged
Length: 39 ft (12 m)
Beam: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Propulsion: 1 x 60 hp Büssing Diesel engine
25 hp AEG electric motor
Speed: 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) surfaced
3 kn (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) submerged
Range: 270 nmi (500 km; 310 mi) at 7 kn (13 km/h; 8.1 mph) surfaced
63 nmi (117 km; 72 mi) at 4 kn (7.4 km/h; 4.6 mph) submerged
Complement: 2
Armament: 2 G7e torpedoes

 

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