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U-Boot Im Focus
U-Boot Im Focus
  • U-Boot Im Focus Magazine

by: Mark R. Smith [ GUNNY ]

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From the same publishers that bring us the “Luftwaffe in Focus” series, a new publication, “U-boot Im Focus”, centers around the German submarine, promising to bring high quality, rare photos, U-boot emblems, camouflage, and commandants, along with a dedicated, highly informative text describing each respectively. Printed in both German and English formats, the publication will appeal to both historians and modelers as well.

The majority of the photos are previously unpublished, covering all aspects of German U-boot forces, printed in a large format style. Illustrations are also used to show special details. The company plans to publish two to three volumes per year, and each edition can be either ordered separately, or a complete subscription can be purchased.


I. Minenleger / mine layer
U-219, 1942

II. Editorial

III. Typ VII A Boote / type VII a boats
U-31, 1939

IV. Typ II Boote / type II boats
U-9, 1939

V. Typ VII A Boote / type VII a boats
U-33, 1939
U-28, U-29, U-30, U-33, 1939
U-29, 1939

VI. Typ VII B Boote / type VII b boats
U-53, 1939
U-95, 1941

VII. Typ VII C Boote / type VII c boats
U-604, 1942
U-404, 1943
U-262, 1943
U-480, 1944

VIII. Typ IX Boote / type IX boats
U-108, 1941

IX. Elektroboote / Electroboats
U-2360, 1945
U-3038, 1945

X. Türme / conning towers
U-19 and U-20-große Turmembleme aus der Anfagszeit des Krieges
U-40-mit Totenkopf und Regenschirm

XI. Farbfotos / color photos
U-177, Farbfotos von der seltenen Tupfentarnung

XII. Boot im Focus / boat in focus
U-652-das boot mit der seltenen Tupfentarnung

XIII. Dokumente / documents
Eine Einladung der besonderen Art

XIV. Unbekannte Embleme / unknown emblems
Die säugende Wölfin von U-339

XV. Fotos mit Geschichte / pictures with a story
Hilfskreuzer „Atlantis” versenkt-U-Boote als Retter

XVI. Wimpel / pennant
Zerstörerversenkung-dem Schicksal ins Auge geschaut

XVII. Porträt / portrait
Kapitänleutnant Günther Krech

XVIII. Ungewöhnliches / unusual
Das „bunte” Funkgerät von U-48

XIX. Szenerie / scenery
„Milchkuh” in Sicht!

XX. Schicksale / fate
Glückliche Heimkehr

XXI. U-tanker / U-tanker
U-460, 1943

As you move through the publication, the first thing that you will notice are the photographs, and the unique quality of each. . .from dry-dock photos to mid-ocean shots, the subject matter is nothing less than fascinating, and the supporting text accompanying each of these photos leaves the reader with little question as to what he is looking at. These chapters will be a major boon to all modelers who are looking for the unique and obscure subject, and students and historians alike will also benefit from these writings.

The publication is printed on heavyweight, glossy index paper, in a large format (8.5 x 12”), which lays flat nicely when opened, as for reference while modeling a certain subject by photo. All text is printed in clear, easy to understand format, in dual language style (German/English). The chapters flow nicely from one subject to the next, and I for one will say that there is much to be learned from this writing!

In addition to the photography and informative text, there are many high quality color illustrations, covering emblems and markings, conning tower detail of various subjects, camouflage patterns, and there’s even a three page full color centerfold highlighting U-652, “The boat with the unusual spotted camouflage”, in itself packed with detailed photos and information of this very unique vessel variant.
Highs: Clear, detailed, black and white and color photo's, many never before published, informative supporting text, and very uniqye subject matter throughout.
Lows: None~an overall great value!
Verdict: Overall, the premier issue of this new series publication does not disappoint in any way, shape or form, packed with unique photographs, in both black and white and color, maps, color illustrations, and extremely informative text, any historian, submarine
Percentage Rating
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Edition #1
  Suggested Retail: 16.80 Euro
  Related Link: Official Company Website
  PUBLISHED: Mar 03, 2007

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About Mark R. Smith (Gunny)

I have been building models of all sorts all of my life, concentrating mainly on the coolest one's when I was younger, but now I focus directly on all military subjects, from armor to warships. After years of counting rivets, I put away the calipers, dial indicators, and micrometers and now just ha...

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hi rui does anyone know of a british importer for this mag?????? thks dave
MAR 14, 2007 - 08:02 PM
Hi David! Go to the company website, and you can order it direct...don't think it's available any other way, mate! ~Gunny
MAR 14, 2007 - 08:05 PM
cheers gunny tks for the info dave
MAR 14, 2007 - 08:11 PM
Ahoy, mates! I've just been notified by Olaf Krabbenhöft, of Luftfahrtverlag-Start, customers on this side of the pond can now obtain their copy (ies) from Squadron! Cheers, ~Gunny
MAR 15, 2007 - 02:31 PM
Hi David! UK customers can now purchase these publications from both Midland County and Hannants, as well as direct from the publisher. . . Cheers, ~Gunny
MAR 16, 2007 - 04:03 PM
Great review Thanks Mark. Regards Sean
MAR 17, 2007 - 02:06 AM
Ahoy Gunny, That is good news, it makes it a lot easier that way, Cheers, Joe
MAR 17, 2007 - 04:34 AM
Thanks for the kind words, mates, glad you liked it...and if you're interested in German U-Boots, definitely pick up a copy of this (and future!) issue(s)...you won't be dissapointed! Keep Modeling! ~Gunny
MAR 19, 2007 - 04:36 AM

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