IRON COFFIN - U 213..Final attempt..Honest (page 4))

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My first tentative steps into the twilight world of underwater wrecks......

I have no qualms about the thread title because 'Iron Coffins' is the title of a superb book by Herbert Werner, who served on U boats during WW2. For further reading I recommend 'The Hunters and the Hunted.' by Hans Joachin Brennecke.

Thanks to Alan and Si for both the incentive and tips for tackling this subject.

I have tried to model what the minelayer U 213 might have looked like after not too long on the Atlantic sea bed having been sunk by allied warships in 1942.

The marine growth is slowly taking over the boat.....

I thought about rigging, but decided it had vanished one way or another!

I covered the model with blue plastic and then took the pictures. I've tried to convey the impression of the sea bed many fathoms down, where marine growth is sparse....

I've included a few shots 'As is' and also one of the U Boat to show the 1/350 scale.

I hope you liked this offering. Thanks for looking and all comments and suggestions more than welcome...

Cheers,

Ron

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Yes I like that Ron.Do not know how you have the patience to do all of that.

Very nice interpretation & with the blue looks as real as it can get. You blokes who do these dioramas are certainly innovative.

Iron coffins is right on the ball as about 50% where. Those that survived must have had nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Laurie
 

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Cracking build Ron
 
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Great work Ron.I actually thought it was under water until you mentioned the blue plastic.
 

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Yes I like that Ron.Do not know how you have the patience to do all of that.Very nice interpretation & with the blue looks as real as it can get. You blokes who do these dioramas are certainly innovative.

Iron coffins is right on the ball as about 50% where. Those that survived must have had nightmares for the rest of their lives.

Laurie
Thanks Laurie...

40,900 served in U boats....26.000 died and 5000 taken prisoner.....

Can you imagine watching the depth gauge by torch light, as the out of control boat goes deeper and deeper...and all you can do is wait for the pressure hull to implode.

I just can't imagine it. Knowing your life is finished and you can't do anything to prevent it happening.....

Brave lads, right or wrong..
 

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That does look rather convincing. Nice touch with the blue filter over the light.

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Thanks Ian, Dave and Ian M for your comments. It's nice to get your approval of my first go at this caper!

Ian M.....Filter? A bit of owld polythene sheet, if you please!...lol

Cheers,

Ron
 

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Looks fantastic Ron love the blue hew to give the effect of underwater :smiling3:
 

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Looks fantastic Ron love the blue hew to give the effect of underwater :smiling3:
Thanks Alan....can I join your wreckers club please?!

Here's one for you....I've been thinking. Instead of 'cheating' with the blue plastic, do you think it feasible to complete the model, then over-paint the whole thing with a blue / green tinge to simulate the depth?

Ron
 

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We'll make you an honorary member Ron ,

To paint it in a blue hew ? Now that would take some special skill , I would imagine that to do it right you would need about 5/6 shades of blue and some would have to blend from dark to light and that also would apply to the base as well as the model.

I have seen some special painters on here but to paint a kit to look like its underwater would be some feet.
 

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Absolutely...a cracker of a build in that scale Ron. The filter/sheet works a treat giving a new dimension to the model. Are you in the sunken wreckers club?...oh, yes.

Great build medal from me.

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Thanks for the membership boys!

Si, it was initially down to your excellent wreck models, that I decided to have a bash at this - to me - new dimension in modelling......

Alan, as this sub is only about 8" long and only a couple of quid to buy, I'm going to use it as a test piece and have a go at actually painting the thing blue and see what happens......I've already grey primed it all over!

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I initally thought this was on a purpose built base, then I realised it was simply a handfull of sand on a concrete step. What a brilliant insight into taking a picture and making such a realistic set of pictures.

Absolutely fantastic model and a brilliant diorama. I also thought initially it was the Revel 1/72nd kit but the handrails looked a little heavy. Then I saw it was the 1/350th one and was amazed at how good it looked.
 

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Thanks for the membership boys!Si, it was initially down to your excellent wreck models, that I decided to have a bash at this - to me - new dimension in modelling......

Alan, as this sub is only about 8" long and only a couple of quid to buy, I'm going to use it as a test piece and have a go at actually painting the thing blue and see what happens......I've already grey primed it all over!

Ron
Ron if anyone can pull it off it will be you :smiling3: I await to see the result with baited breath :smiling3:
 

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just looks like a rusted heap of junk to me ............

..... ahhhhh .... wait ...... i see ...... now i get it .......

........ brilliant Ron !!!!! :smiling3: :smiling3: :smiling3:

Just using simple items to get a really atmospheric set of pictures is certainly a forte of yours mate.

have a ''great build'' clicky doodah on the house
 

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.... and I thought you'd embedded it in your famous clear silicone with some blue colouring! Stupid boy! I should have known you wouldn't spend that much on a simple dio! :smiling3:

Gern

PS I'm off to hit the ***** clicky.

PPS Is this what you wanted a sub for at Cosford?
 

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Thanks for your posts chaps....and the doo dahs!

Richard, positive comments coming from a real boaty person as yourself is praise indeed.....

Alan, I can but try....Heaven knows how it will turn out, but my curiosity has the better of me now!

Colin, thanks for your 'Rusty Heap' post......I got feelings yer know!

Ta for the Doodah too - sounds like a verse from a song does that.....

David,......and the kit was only £1.99 from Cost Cutter. I've been fancying a stab at a sub for some time now, that's why I was hunting for one at Cosford earlier this year. Then seeing the excellent wrecks on here recently has spurred me on to have a go......Thanks for your doodah too.

Thanks again boys,

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The blue sheet is a stroke genius Ron I thought you had used some blue LED lighting or something along them lines. great work
 
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Wow!!!

Great piece of work Ron!!!

Oh my God..... you have an excellent camera with and amazing zoom...... what a tiny model :smiling3: :smiling3:

Cheers

Polux
 
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