The Schnellboot or S-boot was a type of German torpedo boat that saw service during WWII. The S-boote were approximately twice as large as their American and British counterparts, were better suited for the open sea, and had a substantially longer range, at approximately 700 nautical miles. S-100 class equipped 2 x 20 mm gun amidships and 37 mm gun aft.
S-boats were often used to patrol the Baltic Sea and the English Channel in order to intercept shipping heading for the English ports in the south and east. As such, they were up against Royal Navy and Commonwealth (particularly Royal Canadian Navy contingents leading up to D-Day), Motor Gun Boats (MGBs), Motor Torpedo Boats (MTBs), Motor Launches, frigates and destroyers. They were also transferred in small numbers to the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea by river and land transport. Some small S-boats were built as boats for carrying by auxiliary cruisers.
Here is the Trumpeter 1/350 German S-100 Class Schnellboot. From start to finish it took about 3 hours. Seems like there’s a trend in this scale from what I’ve noticed lately. I’ve seen WW-II Aircraft including small dioramas of Doolittle’s raid in 1/350 scale and my local hobby shop is stocking in some obscure brands in this scale.
If you think that this is too small, think again. I came across an eBay seller offering aircraft in 1/700 scale coming off his 3-D printer.
The German S-100 comes with a nice fret of photo etched parts that will refine the model. The stand for the finished model is also photo etched with engraved lettering. The hull halves fall nicely in place so does the top deck. Weathering was achieved with washes from AK Interactive’s Naval Set 1 & 2. I would build another one with an open torpedo hatch and a torpedo coming out of it.
Review copy courtesy of my wallet 🙂