Heller 1/400 U-Boot Class VIIC Kit
Item #: HLR-81002
Sale Price: $7.16
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Type VIIC U-boats or Unterseeboote were the most common and most celebrated of the German submarines in WW II. Part of a large series (707 units in total launched from 1936 and including the VIIA to F), 663 of them were built between 1938 and the end of 1944). They underwent a number of changes during the conflict, the most notable being removal of the 8.8 cm forward gun and alterations of the shape of the conning tower to fit a more powerful anti-aircraft gun, various detection aerials or the Schnorchel (VIIC/41). Builts by Germania Werft in Kiel, Blohm & Voss in Hamburg and Kriegsmarinewerft in Wihelmshaven among others, the VIIC were relatively inexpensive as they were quite simple to produce. They were robust, easy to handle and performed very well at sea. They were the basis on which the German submarine campaign against the Allied Atlantic supply routes was built. They took a heavy toll on the convoys and a number of the “Aces” on this elite weapon filled their kill charts. Only 180 VIIC survived the war. Of these, 68 were scuppered. Some of the survivors were recommissioned in other navies, such as the U-471 and U-766 which, in France, became the Millé and the Laubie.