A total of 194 Type IX U-Boats designed for oceanic deployment entered service with the German Navy. Type IX-C U-Boats could operate at depths of up to 250 meters (750 ft) and were designed for an operational range of 13,450 nautical miles. The crew consisted of four officers and 44 men. The keel of U 505 was laid at the "Deutsche Werft" in Hamburg on 12 June 1940. It entered service on 26 August 1941 under the command of Lieutenant Loewe. By the end of 1942 as lead U-Boat of the 2nd U-Boat Flotilla out of Lorient, it was successful in achieving eight "sinkings" from West Africa to the Caribbean. In the spring of 1943 within the scope of a modification program, U- 505 received a new Mk III Conning Tower with a larger "Winter-Garden". The upper deck was fitted out with two 2-cm twin Flak Cannon. The 3.7-cm Flak from the after-deck was installed on the lower platform. The 10.5-cm Naval Gun was removed. Increased Allied airborne surveillance and the use of anti-submarine groups with escort carriers however led to the capture of U-505 by the U.S. Navy on 4 June 1944 off the West coast of Africa. Since 2005 it has been exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and is the only fully restored Type IX-C U-boat.
- New Mouldings
- Later Version with Mk III Conning Tower (Larger Winter-Garden)
- Highly Detailed Hull with Rivet and Weld Line Structure
- Imitation Flood Vents and Doors
- Faithfully reproduced Deck detail
- Bot Bow and Stern Torpedo Doors in the Open or Closed position
- Moveable Ruder Assembly in the Stern
- Detailed Propellers
- Moving Hydroplanes
- Retractable Periscope and Antennas
- Detailed Conning Tower Platforms
- Detailed upper Conning Tower Side-walls with Aerials, Compass and Hatch
- Separate Splash-guard on Upper Conning Tower Rim
- U-Boat Net deflection Antennae and Isolators
- Cord for the Antennae
- Detailed 2 cm Flak Twin Cannon & 3,7 cm Flak Gun
- Display Stands
- Authentic Decal Set and Flags for following two Versions:
- Submarine Type IX C, U 505, captured by the US Navy, Atlantic Ocean, June, 4th - June, 20th, 1944
- Submarine Type IX C, U 505, 2th U-Flotilla, Atlantic Ocean, March, 16th - June, 4th, 1944
Posted by Brian Stark on 24th Jan 2014
Revell has yet again modeled a fine kit in their series of U Boat models. I had to buy one right of the bat and am building it now.
Posted by stuart gosbell ( australia) on 19th Jan 2014
Kit was purchased for express purpose to convert to static diving rc sub
Kit looks like it has been designed with that in mind as per gato which I have previously done
Moulding very crisp with little flash or sink marks
Some minor scale inaccuracies which will annoy the rivet counters
Rivets and weld lines too pronounced as per gato and type vii but get toned down by sanding and paint
Hope they will do a type xxi or a type ixd2 in future
Overall very nice if a little hard to come by .
Posted by Dan Bauer on 16th Jan 2014
I have seen U-505 several times at Chicago and was impressed with their recent display of U-505. I have been an avid modeler for over 50 years and have been waiting for a 1/72 Type IX for over 20 years. Revells overing is very inpressive. The Hull is well detailed and the surface detail is well done. The model is a good reresentation of U-505 at the time of her capture in June of 1944. The Conning Tower is also well done.The deck is good for the limits of a plastic deck. The floods are also well done and are capable to be drilled out and detailed if that is desired.
With all the PE sets that already are coming out this will make a welcome addition to any modelers ship collection.
Posted by Free Time Hobbies Customer on 28th Dec 2013
I bought two of these. One to make Radio controlled, and one to due a cut-a-way detailed interior version. They are highly detailed, accurate models. I have been waiting a long time for such a kit.
Posted by Unknown on 24th Dec 2013
In early September 1954, my Dad took me to the Museum of Science and Industry to watch a German submarine be pulled out of Lake Michigan,over the Outer Drive, and alongside the Museum's East wall. On that day 59 years ago, I was hooked. I was almost as excited opening the large box I received from Free Time last Friday. Inside the well packed box was my childhood dream, a scale model of the Type XII C U-505, the spitting image of the ship I had been aboard at least fifty times over the years. The hull comes in four pieces, beautifully molded, with great texture, and much thinner plastic over the limber holes which makes opening them up an easy task. There are what appear to be deck supports molded inside the main limber holes, I took them out, and am replacing them with plastruct I beams to replicate deck support structure. Once CMK or Blue Ridge come out with a pressure hull top, my approach might need to change. The small parts were all in great shape, even the thin railings were intact after the long voyage from Germany. The deck is nicely done, however with all deck hatches, storage compartments, rails for the torpedo cradle etc.,the kit begs for aftermarket replacement either in wood, or brass. I could see a place for Dragon's aftermarket metal torpedos stored under the deck with hatches posed open. The armaments are typical for ROG, and I'm sure enhancement barrels and PE will offer improvements. The Type IXC had a fairly plain bridge, and the kit parts will do the job, however the Type FuMo 30 radar antenna would look better in PE. One thing I do think could be done better is the jumper cable and antenna cable deck tackle. On the museum ship, there are shackles and turnbuckles providing tension to the cables fore and aft and attaching to the tower sides and aft tower railings. I hope WEM or Eduard would be able to replicate this tackle in their PE sets. The decals appear accurate for the Captain's scallop shell, and the Flotilla emblem, and there are two sets of hull depth markings fore and aft. All in all I think this kit was worth the almost 60 year wait, at least for me. And Free Time did a great job in getting them out to the lucky customers who pre-ordered.