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How to Make a Model Submarine

In this tutorial we make a plastic model submarine. I take you through all the steps and show you what it is like to build a model like this.

The Model Kit I use in this video is the Revell 1:125 scale U-47 German Submarine with interior. It is a skill level 4.

I also have a video tutorial for this project at the bottom of the page.

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This is the Model that I purchased for this tutorial. It is available on Amazon.

Revell WWII German VII C U-Boat U-47 W/Interior 1/125 Scale

  • Model length 531 mm/ 21". No paints and glue are included, required assembly
  • Detailed interior with separate bulkheads
  • Torpedoes,Instrument panels,Two diesel engines
  • Authentic decal set for following version:
  • - U47, KK Günther Prien, 1939-1941


It is a skill level 4 which means it is a challenging build (Scale of 1 to 5). It is not for someone who has never made a plastic model before. And the model is 1:125 scale. This model is about 21 inches which means that the original is about 218 feet in length.


The thing I like most about this particular model is that you display it like this with an opening in one side so you can see all the various things on the inside. This is why I chose this model over others.


Tools and Materials - Most of this is optional but good to have I have a more extensive parts, tools, and paint list right here if you want to look over supplies.

  • Plastic Cement - I use two types, the regular and the extra t hin.
  • X-acto or hobby knife
  • Tweezers
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Scissors
  • Water and cotton swabs for the decals
  • Small files and emory boards
  • For holding parts while the glue dries:
  • Clothespins, rubber bands and cellophane tape

Here are the two types of cement that I use:

This is the cement you should use. It is the work horse of plastic model making. (Cement Glue Value Pack Testors 2-7/8 fl oz tubes ) And it is quite good. This set comes with applicator tips which you see me use in the video. These applicator tips are very helpful.


And personally I love this extra thin cement that comes in a bottle with an applicator brush. You can see me using it in the above picture. (Tamiya 87038 Extra Thin Cement Glue Fine Tip 40ml )


Note: If you have never made a plastic model you might want to check out my beginners tutorial

. It covers everything from beginning to end on how to make a model including tools, materials, techniques and more. How to Make a Plastic Model


Here is what's inside the box. The various parts of the model, the instruction booklet, the decals and the flag set.


Before beginning a model kit you should gently rinse the parts in soapy water. This will remove any oils that are left over from the manufacturing process and make it much better for painting and decal application.


Let the parts air dry. Don't wipe them or hand dry them. You might knock off the smaller pieces.


NextOk, all the preliminary stuff is done. Let's look at the building of the model



Video is here:


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