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U-295 type VIIC/41 + BIBER German Submarine WWII 1/400 Mirage 40414

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Brand: Mirage Hobby
Product Code: MIRAGE40414
Date Added: 10.08.2010
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U-295 type VIIC/41 + BIBER
1/400 military submarine scale plastic model kit
Mirage 40414

DECALS included

Manufacturer: Mirage Hobby (Poland)
Scale: 1/400
Material: Plastic
Paint: Unpainted, Unassembled, Kit do not contain paints and glue.
Condition: New in Box

The Biber (German for "beaver") was a German midget submarine of the Second World War. Armed with two externally mounted 21-inch (53 cm) torpedoes or mines, they were intended to attack coastal shipping. They were the smallest submarines in the Kriegsmarine.

The Biber was hastily developed to help meet the threat of an Allied invasion of Europe. This resulted in basic technical flaws that, combined with the inadequate training of their operators, meant they never posed a real threat to Allied shipping, despite 324 submarines being delivered. One of the class's few successes was the sinking of the the cargo ship Alan A. Dale.

A number have survived in museums including one example that has been restored to operational condition.

Construction of the first prototype began in February 1944 and was completed in less than 6 weeks.

Class overview
Name: Biber
Operators:  Kriegsmarine
General characteristics Biber
Type: Midget submarine
Displacement: 5.7 tonnes
Length: 8.9 m
Beam: 1.6 m
Height: 1.6 m
Propulsion: 32hp Otto petrol engine, 13hp electric motor,

6.5 knots surfaced

5.3 knots submerged
Range: 100 nautical miles (surfaced)
Test depth: 20 m maximum
Crew: 1
Armament: two TIIIc torpedoes or two mines

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