|The S100 class of torpedo boat was first seen in 1943.
This series was a wartime improvement and evolution of the earlier S-38
type boats, with improvements in crew protection and armament standard.
The Kriegsmarine schnellboots were larger than other contemporary navies' craft, and were more suited to operations in open seas. There were well armed, carrying 2 533mm torpedo tubes, with reloads, and the S-100 also carried 2cm guns in the bow and amidships, a 37mm Flak in the stern, and commonly carried depth charges. These craft were also used as minelayers, and generally proved to be a menace to shipping, and the Royal Navy, throughout the war.
|Bronco's 1/350 offering of a S-100 Schnellboot is the first time this craft has been offered in plastic in this scale. Consisting of only 26 plastic parts, this kit offers a waterline option and an additional fret of Photoetch to enhance this little kit.|
|A single decal sheet is included, with unit markings and numbers for 3 different boats.|
|Two double-sided sheets of instructions are included. These are clearly printed, in color, and appear to cover all the steps. The painting instructions are printed on the back of the model box, with Gunze and Tamiya color references.|
This kit looks good, should go together quickly, and present as an accurate little model. Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. These kits should be in your local hobby shops now. It is listed as #NB5004 German S-100 Class Schnellboot with a retail price of $19.95 USD.
Stevens is the exclusive importer for Bronco kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Bronco kits have them contact Stevens International or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one that does.