I wanted to do something with my brother that would both be entertaining to us and would also encourage us to get together on a monthly basis. So I decided we should build a model. But what model? Armor is too costly and way beyond our masochism limits. Besides, we really like 1/72nd scale. Aircraft? Well he was never really interested in modelling aircraft. Flying sims, sure, but modelling? Not really. Well, then it hit me . . . we LOVE Unterseeboots. And we could build while watching Das Boot. True unlike U-96, Kooklic's is a Type VIIC/41, but it is a u-boot. So there I am doing the model build thing with my brother. He's done plenty of plastic, and model rockets, but no paper. Of course what do I do? I use Kookliks uboot as his introduction. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but knives etc are very familiar territory to us. We we're busy building the first substructure, the bow, and I was trying to decide if I was going to do the torpedo doors open or closed (I had printed the "open door" mod page). I looked at the mod page and realized that the torpedo tube image was not round. I don't mean slightly not round, but VERY not round, as in seriously elliptical. That's when I decided: I'm not going to do the open door mod, I'm going to add tubes, outer tube hatches, torpedoes, and maybe even some of the support structure, if it will be visible through the open tube doors. So, here's the initial progress pics of my Kooklik Type VIIC/41. Now for the mods . . . this is the third test build of the G7e torpedo. the pieces: fins and propellers cut out . . . the pieces preformed . . . Torpedo assembled I'm not satisfied with the nose, one side is decidedly flatter than the other due to how the concentric rings were laid out with the connectors all on a common side. Oddly enough when I initially unwrapped the nose they were all askew, but it built a more symmetrical shape. Oh well, back to the drawing board. I am also not satisfied with the textures on the tail fins, I need to verify that they were indeed wood, and I need to re-texture the rest of the torpedo. Add bronze texture to the nose and propellers. It would appear that there were several acceptable paint schemes for these weapons. I have seen examples of blue and off white, bronze tipped, dark green/grey tipped (as seen here), and a few others. I think I will go with either the blue and off-white, or the bronze tipped. Well, that's it for now . . . progress on creating the tubes etc progresses at a slow pace. Now onward to version 4 of the torpedo! "It's a long way to Tipperary, it's a long way to go!"