1/72 Type XXIII U-Boat

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
These small advanced subs were developed late during WW2 for coastal defense and patrol. Designed as a replacement for the Type II, they were faster and had a  longer range. They were armed with two torpedoes and were half the size of most other U-boats of the war. These subs started showing up late in the war and their presence freed up their larger cousins for long range patrols. The war ended before the ambitious plan of 300 could be completed, but some were able to make their mark.

Russian kit maker, Alanger has another nicely detailed kit. This on in 1/72 scale.

The hull is molded in two halves with the sail included. Limber holes and torpedo doors are open. The molding is sharp and the surface details are well defined.  Click images
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The various parts on on a single sprue. The level of detail is very good and the parts are very detailed. There are even separate grab irons of the sail. A stand is included to display your completed sub. One of the nicest features is the two crew members that are included.
A simple decal sheet is included with flags and markings. The flags are done in the politically correct way with no swastika shown. To create a proper flag you have to add the cross markings to the flag.
The instructions are an extensive 4 page booklet with all kinds of exploded views. They are step by step and cover all the assembly steps. 
These are photos from the manufacture showing a buildup of the sub. More can be found on the Alanger site.

A really nice large scale kit of one of the lesser known U-boats of the war. Small enough to display on most any shelf, yet large enough to super detail. Another nice kit from Alanger from Pacific Front Hobbies. You can get this one online for $35.00 a nice price for a nicely detailed kit like this with photoetch. Bill Gruner carries the entire Alanger line of subs and many more hard to find, high quality kits.

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