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Offline Sgt_T

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Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« on: March 22, 2021, 01:48:06 PM »
Hi,

My first real post on LAF. Although I will refer to my blog I'll try to stick to the guidelines mentioned in the "How To Make Your Blog LAF Friendly" topic elsewhere on LAF.
Lockdown provided me with extra time to get busy with some of the projects on my gaming "must have" list.
In the top regions of that list was a submarine usable for 28mm pulp and WW2 games. I looked at commerial available ones but decided to try my hand at scratchbuilding one.
The main shape was cut from styrofoam. Because I wanted ample room for miniatures to stand in the conning tower (with a 25mm base) I used a plastic cheese spread container:


I realise that in reality the space in the conning tower is much more confined but it only has to look the part and being able to place miniatures is more important for me than historical accuracy.
That being the case I did look at pictures of the superb 1/32 Andrea submarine kit for inspiration.

The hull was covered with riveted steel plates printed on paper. I also used lots of bits from my bitsbox e.g. WHFB dwarf shields, Void syntha shields, the rear end of a 1/72 airfix sdkfz 7, large and small staples, Mantic scifi railings and chicken wire.
Pictures of the end result:




More pictures on my Blog: https://toomuchterrain.blogspot.com/2021/03/das-boot.html

T.
 

Offline tin shed gamer

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2021, 02:06:05 PM »
A very nice way to start posting.

I do like the fact you chose a stylized approach to your submarine. You've managed to balance accessible space and detailing. Whilst maintaining the feel of a submarine,and avoiding it resembling a preshool children's toy.
Look forward to seeing more from you.

Mark.

Offline Digits

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2021, 02:21:20 PM »
I agree....getting a mix between something that feels right and enough space to actually play on is pretty hard to master but this looks very cool!

Great project!
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Offline marianas_gamer

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2021, 07:38:35 PM »
Very nice build. I enjoyed the details on your blog as well.
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Offline Silent Invader

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2021, 08:15:31 PM »
Thatís a great build - thanks for posting  8)
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Offline Easy E

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2021, 08:54:57 PM »
Very cool.

I love the Philadelphia Cream Cheese container..... nice work.
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Offline Golgotha

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2021, 09:14:55 PM »
Love it would like to build my own.

Offline Bearwoodman

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2021, 10:26:29 PM »
Marvellous! I have no current use for one in gaming terms but looking at your makes me want to attempt an imitation! And Das Boot is a great film.

Offline MaleGriffin

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2021, 11:36:53 PM »
Nicely done!
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Offline mikos khan

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2021, 12:34:32 AM »
Awesome job.

Offline Sgt_T

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2021, 12:02:49 PM »
Thanks people!

I'm thinking about using the submarine in part 2 of a 2 games WW2 scenario:
game 1: Germans need to steal a piece of technology or abduct a VIP from the British Isles.
game 2: They have to escape to the coast for extraction by the submarine. The submarine can provide fire support and/or deploy a squad of sailors in support.

T.

Offline voltan

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2021, 12:47:30 PM »
game 2: They have to escape to the coast for extraction by the submarine. The submarine can provide fire support and/or deploy a squad of sailors in support.

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Offline Arundel

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2021, 02:39:52 PM »
That is a marvelous piece of work. 

Offline snitcythedog

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #13 on: March 23, 2021, 09:53:41 PM »
Very nice compromise between utility an detail.  Well done.
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Offline pistolpete

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Re: Das Boot: scratchbuilding a submarine
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2021, 12:02:29 PM »
Nice work, using cream cheese container for conning tower is genius.  Iíll be using that when i eventually get to making mine.

 

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