German Seehund Midget submarine in 1/9th scale

OTW Designs 1/9th scale German Seehund!

This model is a customer build for a woman out of Taiwan that I've been working with for a while now. The kit from OTW is absolutely breathtaking and of the highest quality, as are all of their products. When complete, the model should measure 53" in length and 5" in beam.

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.

Displacement: 17 long tons (17 t) submerged
Length: 39 ft (12 m)
Beam: 5 ft (1.5 m)
Propulsion: 1 x 60 hp B├╝ssing 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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October 29, 2012

I just received this kit from Bob Dimmack with OTW this weekend. I'm very happy with the quality and completeness of the kit. It included photoetch brass detail pieces, bushings, drive shaft, complete drawings and much more.

The customer has supplied an older style D&E 3.5" WTC to power the model. It should work well.

I expect work to commence in about three weeks after I return from a business trip abroad. In the meantime, enjoy the photos!


December 18, 2012

Work has progressed very well on this model.

As of today I have most of the hull itself completed and I'm currently working on the mounting of the customer-supplied D&E 3.5" WTC. Its an ancient unit, but looks fully operational and should work well for this boat.

Hoping to have this one completed within a couple of weeks, but we'll see what the holidays do to my thinking!

Enjoy the update pics!


December 28, 2012

Some great progress on this build! I had the chance yesterday to completely paint up the model for the customer. The paint is basically a primer gray color with weathered gray highlighting of the hull. Bits of rust were added with paint and pastels. The fairly typical water reflection pattern was airbrushed onto the upper hull surfaces and the German insignia and lettering added by hand.

All that's left now is to finish painting the torpedoes, mount them, and then get the model in the water for final test and trim!


January 8, 2013

I'm very happy to say that this model is complete and ready to ship to its new home in Taiwan!

The torpedoes were bolted to the main body and might be a really fun thing to actually R/C themselves in the future. They're certainly big enough for that at around 18" long and 2" in diameter.

Wet testing went very well. The model has a turning diameter of approximately 8 or 9', pretty good for a boat of this size.

Be sure to check out the YouTube video outlining how it went together!