How do you know which scale submarine models are best? Which scale is the correct scale for your needs? What scale submarine model should I buy first if I am just getting into this hobby?
These are all questions that many people have when they first start to research scale submarines. In this article, I answer these questions and more with our buyer’s guide, reviews of some of the top 10 scale submarine models on the market today, and valuable tips for beginners who want to get started in this exciting hobby!
Best Submarine Model Kits – Comparison Table
|1||German Naval Submarine Type VIIC / 41||Best for Building|
|2||German Submarine Type IX C (U67/U154)||High-Quality Kit|
|3||Russian Navy Typhoon Class SSBN||Nice Model of a Nuclear Submarine of the USSR|
|4||US Navy Gato Class Submarine||Best Kit for Professionals|
|5||German Navy Type 212 Attack Submarine||Best for Beginners with Simple Assembly|
|6||German Type VIIC U-Boat||Best Scale|
|7||French Submarine Surcouf||Best Challenging Kit|
|8||Dolphin Nuclear Submarine Delta IV Kl Tula||Best Nuclear Kit|
|9||Russian K-141 Nuclear Submarine Kursk||Best Diorama Kit|
|10||Editor’s Choice||German Naval Submarine U-Boat XXI Type w. Interieur||Best Functional Kit|
Realism of Construction
For the money, you get a 1m long U-boat with a slew of add-on pieces, including a hardwood deck and a plethora of brass photo-etch. This kit can become a “museum quality” exhibit item, as well as a basis for an active/diving RC model (additional parts required).
The kit comes in a sturdy cardboard box with the pieces carefully packed and separated to minimize harm. After it is completed, the finished model may be displayed on a stand (supplied) (a first for me in my modeling).
A beautiful installation once completed – just make sure you have enough room to showcase this behemoth! – I’m excited to begin my own!
Submarine Model – Buyer’s Guide
A scale model is a replica of a real-life object. Submarine models are made to scale and look precisely like the original dimensions and design features. A scale submarine model can be used for several purposes: decoration, display, or training aid.
You should pay attention when buying scale submarines kits, whether it’s metal or plastic model kits.
Plastic ships are cheaper but not as detailed as metal ones which have more parts that need assembling. If this sounds too complicated, there are also ready-made models available. They usually come preassembled, so all you need to do is paint them, then they’re ready to go on your desk or shelf!
About Submarine Model Kits
Submarine model kits are not for everyone. These model kits require patience, attention to detail, and above all, an interest in submarines! Once you have mastered the basics of model making, it is possible to build submarine models with your eyes closed. That’s the theory, anyway.
What is Submarine Model?
Submarine model kits are also known as ship model kits. These model kits can be detailed scale models of real warships, or they may just use the primary form of a historic warship without any interior levels to show how it works.
Submarine model ships are often used for educational purposes in museums and classrooms. Students learn about sea-faring vessels through their construction, whether an accurate replica of one ship or several types combined into one model kit.
Hobbyists will build these model ships too, with some being easy enough to complete by beginners while others take more time and skill, which shows off your experience level when you have completed them successfully! Shows off your experience level when you have completed them successfully!
How Does Scale Work?
Scale is a system for measuring the size of an object. It works by comparing it to something that we know has been measured accurately and is certified as correct. The ratio between the known, accurate measurement and your unknown size gives you what scale to use (e.g., one inch equals two feet).
As ship modeling grew in popularity, ship modelers have moved on to create more kits. Today, manufacturers are producing plastic ship models with die-cast metal fittings and decals. This is the most popular choice for many ship modelers because it’s easier to build these ships than building them from scratch using raw materials that require an advanced skillset when assembling ship parts.
These preassembled pieces already come with paint, making it easy for beginners who want a quick project without spending hours trying their hands on painting techniques that can be challenging, especially if you’re not familiar with how colors work or mixing paints of different colors hues. However, there are also small parts made up of resin known as photo et. They include details like railings and ship lines, making them great as dioramas.
What Are the Main Aspects of the Submarine Model?
Model submarines are crafted to resemble real-life ships, mostly military ones. Manufacturers use different materials for the construction process, such as wood molds or hard plastic resin, which is used for photo et parts.
Submarine model kits can also be made up using die-cast metal. Some manufacturers even include interior details like working periscopes on their models, making it more realistic than other ship model kits.
The interior part may require assembly, but that’s just a small price you have to pay compared with what you’ll get if completed – an accurate interior detail down to the smallest room including control panels, switches, valves, and dials plus equipment like torpedo tubes (for smaller submersibles) and missile launchers (for more giant submersible ship).
Photo et parts are trendy among modelers, and they’re seen in different kinds of ship models like interior details (e.g., control panels, switches) to exterior ones (e.g., railings, ladders), which often comes with detailed decals that you can use for weathering effects making the final product more realistic than ever before.
Model ships come in kits that need assembly by following instructions provided by manufacturers, just like how we follow building manuals whenever we want to make our own house. But some models come preassembled like interior details, for example. These internal parts go inside the body of the ship model, and they’re either glued or attached using screws (they may not be included in all kits).
In conclusion, I think that the U-Boat XXI Type w. Interieur Submarine Model Kit is a great model for kids and adults who want to learn more about submarines. It’s also a fun toy for those with an interest in military history or maritime engineering. If you have any questions about this product or my buyer’s guide, just let me know!
Hi! I'm Richard Baker, a miniature painter who has been painting for about ten years. My website is packed with great advice that I've learned from both books and personal experience on building and painting miniatures.