The Type XXI U-Boat

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Dmitry Mironov and Daniel Pastwa
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Softbound, 8.25” x 11.75”, 60 pages
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Company: Kagero Publishing - Website: Visit Site
Provided by: Casemate Publishers - Website: Visit Site
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Dmitry Mironov has authored several books for Kagero, including The Japanese Battleship Fuso (2017) and The Japanese Battleship Fuso (2017) in the Super Drawings in 3D series. Dmitry Mironov also authored Sd.Kfz. 171 Panzer V “Panther” Ausf. A/D/G in Kagero’s Top Drawings series. You can find more of his artwork online.

Kagero’s The Type XXI U-boat is the latest in their Super Drawings in 3D series. This edition is in their standard 8.25” x 11.75” format softbound publication that is 60 pages (excluding covers). This volume starts off with six pages of historical text followed by 54 pages of color 3D illustrations. I counted 76 color 3D illustrations along with one table. There are no current nor period photographs.

The Type XXI submarine revolutionized the submarine era. They become the first submarines that were purposely designed to operate primarily below the waves as opposed to being a surface ship that could briefly go under water. The Type XXI was not a major success during World War II, as none saw combat and only a few saw any operational patrols. This was mainly due to the vast amount of new technology crammed into this new type of submarine, in addition to the innovative construction processes introduced. Each hull was manufactured in prefabricated sections with final assembly at the shipyards which resulted in a construction time of less than six months per vessel. After the war, this design heavily influenced submarine design in the UK, the US, the USSR, and Sweden. A descendent of the Type XXI, the Chinese Ming class remains in operational use today with China and the Bangladesh Navy with two recently commissioned on 03/12/17.

The Chapters include:

  • Introduction
  • The Concept is Born
  • The Project
  • The Construction [Page 5]
  • Modifications After Launching and Repairs
  • Operational Service
  • Causes of the Failure
  • Bibliography
  • Type XXI – Long Range Torpedo Submarine [Table]
  • Scale Drawings [Centerfold, ~26.6” x 19.0”]
    • 1/150 Scale
    • 1/350 Scale
    • No Scale – Internal Details
  • Color Illustrations
    • Exterior [Page 11]
    • Interior [Page 35]
    • German Type 7a Torpedo [(Exterior and Interior) [Page 50]
    • MAN M6V 40/46 K88 Diesel Engines

Model-wise you have plenty of choices for the original Type XXI, and plenty more choices for its descendants. Combat Models makes a 1/72 vacuform kit (72-70) and Amodel produced a 1/200 scale resin kit (AM-5000). Revell in 1/144 scale has kitted the U-2540 with a cut-away interior (5078), a U-2518 (5081) and the resurrected Willhelm Bauer (5072). 1/350 scale has kits from Seawolf (WF-01) in resin; Blue Water Navy (35032) in resin, and from Dragon (1008) in injected plastic. Modeler’s interested in that outlier scale, 1/700 can still find the Skywave kit (W-19) that provides both the Type XXI and the Type XXIII in one box.

This consider the Kagero Super Drawings in 3D essential reference for model building. You get angles you can’t really see in other references and they are in full color. If you fancy having a go at the Revell U-2540 with the cut-away interior, the 3D interior illustrations in this book are essential. This being the sixtieth volume, they have managed to cover quite a few ships. If you have any of their previous books in the Super Drawings in 3D series, you know how great a value this book is. Highly Recommended!

My thanks to Casemate, Kagero, and IPMS/USA for the chance to review this great book.

Highly recommended!


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