:: MODELS AND DIORAMAS ::

~ TYPE VIIC SUBMARINE ~

The diorama depicted in these pages is a production from Andrea Miniatures. Twelve artists and artisans worked in the project during a year. This artwork was then exhibited at the museum that Andrea Miniatures has in a town near Madrid.

Type VIIC Submarine - Loading torpedo
Type VIIC Submarine - Loading torpedo

Three mariners load a torpedo in the fore area under supervision from a sublieutenant. Note how one of the men daubs the torpedo with grease to protect it from humidity. The torpedoes were brought to the deck of the submarine by using a large crane emplaced on the other side of the drydock, which is not present on the diorama.

Type VIIC Submarine - Deck cannon

The 88-millimeter L45 deck cannon was suppressed in later versions of the Type VIIC submarines and extra anti-aircraft fast guns were installed in the aft part of the conning tower to counter the ever growing air threat.

Type VIIC Submarine - Conning tower

General view of the conning tower. Other details present in the bridge include a monopole radio antenna, a compass, a pod with binoculars and two life jackets.

Type VIIC Submarine - Conning tower

The commander Adalbert Schnee and two officers talking on the platform of the 20-millimeter anti-aircraft cannon. The lieutenant is sitting on the banister while a sublieutenant has a foot resting on the radio; it was habitual to bring this device outside the submarine when resting at port, to enliven with music the work of the crew.

Type VIIC Submarine - Conning tower

The group of small holes served as air intake for the crew and the Diesel engines.

Type VIIC Submarine - Conning tower
Type VIIC Submarine - Conning tower

This photo shows details such as the 7.92-millimeter machine gun, the compass and the directional antenna used for finding the location of other ships through their radio transmissions.

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