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Old 09-03-2008, 11:55 AM
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Default Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

So I am researching the boat that brought my Grandmother from Iceland to the US in 1944, to marry my Grandfather. A native Icelander marrying a US GI from a British father and German mother, as WWII is still at full-bore. Makes your head spin. Anyway, as a kid, I remembered her talking about the convoy, and how the endured a U-boat attack... but her ship survived. The Dettifoss:

http://www.uboat.net/allies/merchants/3448.html

Here's the crazy thing - U-1064 sank the ship a couple of months later in early 1945! And here's 1064!!

http://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/shop/m...15-p-4389.html

So here's my question - anyone know what that Dettifoss is, exactly? Steamer, right? And the U-boat - it's a VIIC... what's the best VIIC model out there?

I want to eventually model an "Adversary set"...
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Old 09-03-2008, 02:49 PM
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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

By the look of the photo at u-boat.net, she look like a coastal steamer. Used to haul goods and people from port to port. The style of the ship reminds me of what they used to call a tramp steamer. Don't know if that will help much? but there it is.
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Old 09-03-2008, 05:15 PM
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Every little bit helps - awesome! So my grandma came to the US on the Millennium Falcon of her day. Sweet.
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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

Adama, what scale are we talking? I assume 1/72 is out due to there being few merchant ships in that scale? (obvious choice for VIIC in that size though being Revell).

There is also a snippet about Detifoss on this page http://www.ubootwaffe.net/ops/ships.cgi?boat=1064;nr=1

Cheers, JT
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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

Adama,
When I first heard of the Dettifoss I thought of WWII Liberty ships which were patterned after Tramp Steamers themselves but they displaced over 14,000 tons so although there are 1/350th models of them by Trumpeter I guess they'd be WAY TOO big as a basis? That would have been nice though since there are now 1/350th U-boat VIIc models by Flagman. Now in that popular scale a U-boat is only appx 7 3/4" long but still lends itself to detailing and dioramas very nicely. 1/400th is a popular ship scale too and U-boats are available from Mirage at appx. 6 1/2" in length. But I'm not aware of a match for the 'steamer' in any scale from my limited knowledge of possible matches for it?
More basic details of the Dettifoss might help though- besides displacement, the length, beam etc?

Good luck. I like these kind of projects with a personal tie to history!
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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

You might consider trying 1/700 scale.

There are a number of 700 scale U-boats, and transport vessels that could
be converted to resemble the Dentifoss.

Tiny, I know, but it might be worth a shot.

Good luck and good hunting!
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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

Revell 1/72nd is a nice kit with plenty of aftermarket stuff for her.


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Default Re: Question for the U-Boat and Ship guys

For resources, try the National Archives photo archives at College Park, Maryland. They have researchers who will do a limited search for you. Also try the Smithsonian records of ship plans and photos.

Then, scratchbuild it! That's the fun part! Good luck!
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