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U-Boat Surface Resin Detail
1/72 U-Boat Surface Resin Detail
  • 1/72 U-Boat Surface Detail Set

by: Rui Matos [ SKIPPER ]

Originally published on:
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When Archer Fine Transfers contacted me to review this new product, it was told that they were advised that I was the person to analyze the product. This was a good feeling but I started wondering what it would be "the new product". Well, my answer was in my mailbox less that one week after we talked.

Mr Mailman....

Mr Mailman left the sturdy box from Archer on my mailbox... part of it - half was out! But at least he didn't force it as he usually do with publications!
When I opened the box, a plastic envelope type with some transfers visible.
So far nothing new until I touched the plastic... Surprise!

Resin Decal Details

This set is "just" all the rivets and weld beads designed for a 1/72 VII-C U-boat hull.
You'll get three sheets of transparent decal with several types of rivets (single row, double row, horizontal, etc (see description of the decal sheets)) that you will have to cut and apply as a regular decal and replace the missing details while making the hull parts, either by sanding, for accuracy or by any other reason.

The first thing you will notice is that the decal sheet is not flat. This is because all the black details you see are resin applications on the decal sheet. It is almost as you are touching a braille typed page. The resin detail appears to be even in dimensions and height (strange reference when you are talking about decals, isn't it?). Space between rivets is also regular, which is good.

What you get in this set?

Now that the surprise and admiration has passed, let's see what you get here!

Sheet 1:
- A) Single row, bow and stern

- B) Double row, bow and stern

- C) Horizontal and Vertical, bow fine pitch

- D) Vertical, overall

- E) Vertical, lower bow

- F) Vertical Double Row, lower amidships

- G) Vertical, lower amidships

- H) Vertical, lower amidships

- J) Vertical, stern

- K) Horizontal, top edge

Sheet 2 :
40 weld lines

Sheet 3:
- Port and Starboard curved welds

- Port and Starboard curved double riveted for hull (bow)

Application instructions and Diagram location for decal "parts"
- Easy to understand step-by-step instructions how to apply these decals (six steps)

- Three U-Boot hull profiles with colored key to where is what diagrams.

I should also add that the research and illustrations were made by Glenn Cauley (MSW member GLENNCAULEY).

Checking it...

I know I can be a little nitpick, but with all respect to Glenn, I have checked for the weld and rivet locations on my books. After looking at ten books, for plans and also for many detail photos of the real Typ VII-C U-boot, I can say that this set will make a "small" contribution to make that small detail of a 1/72 scale rivet a big detail!
From what I have seen, the placement and locations of weld seems/rivets looks dead-on, with the differences between single/double rows of rivets well identified.


A very welcome addition to the already huge after market range of products for Revell of Germany's 1/72 scale Typ VII-C U-Boot.

One of a kind product, easy to apply, great detail enhancement - a simple and highly effective product, resulted from all the work of research made by Glenn. All I can say is that Glenn had all the trouble and we can easily benefit from it. If you have any doubts or don't know Glenn's work, check the Features area (Modeling U-625 and Making Weld Beads, an MSW SBS.)
Highly recommended for anyone interested in having a more accurate Workhorse of the DKM!

Many Thanks to Glenn Cauley for his work and to Archer Fine Transfers in supplying the review sample.

Rui Matos

References for the interested U-Boot modelers

Some of my U-boot books checked were (this may sound ridiculous for reviewing some resin bolts and weld seems, but...):

Vom Original zum Modell: Uboottyp VII-C
By Fritz Khl and Axel Niestle
Bernard & Graefe Verlag
ISBN 3-7637-6002-4

Anatomy of The Ship - The Type VII U-Boat
By David Westwood
ISBN 0-85177-933-6

U-Boats in Camera - Archive photographs from the U-Boot-Archiv, Germany (1939-1945)
By Jak P. Mallmann Showell
Sutton Publishing Limited
ISBN 0-7509-1557-9

Enigma U-Boats - Breaking the Code
By Jak P. Mallmann Showell
Ian Allan Publishing
ISBN 9-780711-027640

1935-1945 The History of the Kriegsmarine U-boats
By Jean-Philippe Dallies-Labourdette
Histoires & Collections
ISBN 2-908-182-42-4

Das Boot
El submarino alemn en la historia y el diorama
Andrea Press
ISBN 8-43196-170157

U-Boats - The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep
By David Miller
ISBN 1-57488-246-5

Type VII U-boats
By Roger Chesneau
Classic Warships Publishing
ISBN 1-86176-238-0

U-Boats in Action
By Robert C. Stern, Illustrated by Don Greer
Squadron Signal Publications
ISBN 0-89747-054-0

U-Boat War
By Timothy J. Kutta
Squadron Signal Publications
ISBN 0-89747-395-7

Kriegsmarine Type VII U-Boats
By Steve Wyper
Warship Pictorial N27
ISBN 0-9745687-6-7

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Highs: Opportunity to accurately super detail your 1/72 scale U-boat (both Revell releases); Very easy to apply; Technological improvement used to make the detailing.
Lows: None found
Verdict: As I said earlier, a good surprise to this naval modeler. Excellent product that will make a big difference for your 1/72 scale U-boot
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:72
  Mfg. ID: AR88023
  Suggested Retail: US$59.95
  Related Link: Archer Fine Transfers Website
  PUBLISHED: Feb 26, 2009

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About Rui Matos (skipper)

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I guess I'm now officially a "rivet counter" LOL FWIW, the idea for doing this kit came about from my U-673 build. I used the U-brass set to correct the numerous kit inaccuracies, especially in the bow. As such I lost a lot of rivets, and had no clue how I was going to replace them. The original Archer rivets were available in the right size (0.011") but the fixed pitch was wrong for the U-boat; I would have had to apply each rivet 1-by-1. So we devised the set so that you'd have strings of rivets of the correct pitch for any section on the U-boat. Cut the length of rivets you need (of the correct pitch), apply, and voila! Rows of rivets replaced in 1 easy step. When I further document my U-673 build on my site, I'll definitely include the "before" and "after" pics. Cheer all ! Glenn
MAR 05, 2009 - 03:53 AM
Great review, Great product. Thanks to Rui for the review and Mark for posying it for us all to enjoy. Plus a huge thanks to Glenn and Mr Archer for bringing us sucha superb looking product.. Cheers Sean
MAR 05, 2009 - 08:50 AM
It seems like postmen are all alike around the world! Anyway, a most welcome addition to sub modeling. I hope they will produce more items for the Gato and Lindberg I-boats, too! --Karl
MAR 05, 2009 - 09:20 AM
That's pretty cool Rui.
MAR 05, 2009 - 01:43 PM
Thanks guys, but you should thank Archer and especially Glenn for having all the trouble! The Typ VII-C U-boot is in my stash... I wonder when it reaches it's turn, though... Cheers, Rui
MAR 07, 2009 - 06:24 AM
I started to replace the lost rivets on the bow of my U-673 using the Archer Surface Detail Set for the U-boat. I can honestly say that all the time & effort spent on creating this set was well worth it! Wow... it's so easy to replace the rivets. 1. Determine the area where you are going to put the new row of rivets. 2. Look on the layout diagram to determine which "rivet group" to apply. 3. Measure the length of the rivet row that you need. 4. Cut out the appropriate length of rivets from the appropriate "rivet group" on the decal sheet. 5. Apply the rivet row like a regular waterslide decal. I have updated my U-673 build site. Go to the "Rivets" page. Probably one of the coolest "special patterns" included in the set is the 1-piece pattern for the forward edge of the bow... check it out!
MAY 07, 2009 - 09:10 PM
Glenn, WOW! That really makes a big difference. Thank you for sharing that with us.
MAY 08, 2009 - 05:58 AM
thanks for sharing this.. BIG difference between having a "tool" news item and seeing it "in action" ... cheers
MAY 09, 2009 - 12:27 PM
FWIW, I finally took the time to write my own personal review of the new Archer 1/72 U-boat Super Detail Set. It follows Skipper's product review on page: LINK
MAY 14, 2009 - 05:25 AM

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    Box with the decals sheets! Very resistent
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    1/72 U-Boat Surface Resin Detail Decal Sheet Set
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    Contents of the 1/72 U-Boat Surface Detail Set
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    Sheet #1 - various types of rivet types, all identified.
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    Sheet #2 (weld seems/beads)
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    Sheet #3
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    Illustration and Diagram for Application of the 1/72 U-Boat Surface Detail Set. The fact that there's a color key, makes it even simpler to identify the procedure. Also has instruction for applying the decals (on the right side).
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    Close-up on the resin detail (rivets)
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    Detail on the weld seems/beads
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    More details (raised)