HobbyBoss 1/350 German Navy Type 212 Attack Submarine
By Tracy White
Type 212 Background
The Type 212 submarine was developed starting in1994 by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft AG for the German and Italian Navies. Six of the original design were launched and are in service (four with the German Navy, two with the Italian) and four more improved versions have been ordered.
Featuring X-shaped stern dive planes, fuel cell propulsion, and a blended hull / sail design, the Type 212 can operate under water for longer periods of time than other non-nuclear submarines and in as little as 17 meters (about 56 feet) of water.
The instructions would also have the builder affix the various masts to the sail cap BEFORE attaching this cap to the hull, which essentially destroys any ability to fill and sand any leftover joints. The experienced modeler will know not to do this, but a first-timer might not and be frustrated. Lastly, the instructions show the "option" of the two different propellor blades (technically four options), but doesn't define the purpose behind the option; was one used only on certain boats, or at certain times? It's up to the builder to find out.
The HobbyBoss 1/350th Type 212 should be a fun build for most modelers and a good "dip the toe in" kit for those thinking of "diving" into the submarine model side of the hobby. I find few vices in the kit so far.