Heller 1/400 Surcouf The Underwater Cruiser
By Marc Flake
As noted, in my First Look, the kit only has 57 pieces, including photoetch parts. The instructions were well laid out and it appeared the hardest decision I would have was in choosing which of the two versions to build.
That left me with three pieces to paint: the sail, the gun turret and the hull. My paint choices were made by looking at some grainy pictures available on the Internet and a mention that this unusual vessel took refuge in Plymouth after the fall of France. That meant to me that she was possibly painted using Royal Navy supplies. If so, it looked like they used 507 B and 507 C.
Once the paint was dry, the decals were applied. The boat was rigged using Orvis .003 tippet line. Finally, the completed model was sprayed overall with ModelMaster Dullcoat.