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Autore: Alessandro
Italeri 5609 Biber Midget Submarine SCALE 1:35 

Italeri 5609 Biber Midget Submarine

DECALS FOR 3 VERSIONS – COLOR INSTRUCTIONS SHEET – PHOTO ETCHED FRET 

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The Biber (German for “beaver”) was a German World War II midget submarine. Armed with two externally mounted 53-centimetre (21 in) torpedoes or mines, they were intended to attack coastal shipping. They were among the smallest submarines of the Kriegsmarine.

The Biber was hastily developed to help deal with the threat of an Allied invasion of Europe. This resulted in basic technical defects which, combined with the inadequate training of their operators, meant that they never posed a real threat to Allied shipping, despite 324 submarines being delivered. One of the class’s few successes was the sinking of the merchant ship Alan-A-Dale. Many survive in museums, including one in operational condition.

Development

Originally proposed by Kapitänleutnant Bartels in 1942, but not implemented until the need for coastal defense in the event of invasion became paramount.Construction of the first prototype began in February 1944, at the Flender shipyard in Lübeck, and was completed in less than 6 weeks.The initial prototype, officially titled Bunteboot (but better known as Adam), was heavily influenced by the British submarine Welman.It differed from the final design in several respects, for example being almost 2 m (6 ft 7 in) shorter.After tests on the Trave River on 29 May, twenty-four Bibers were ordered.

  • Type Boat
  • Period Second World War
  • Country Germany
  • SKILL 3
  • Model Dim. 18,6 cm
  • Box Dim. 345 x 242 x 48 mm

Suggested colors

F Black 4768AP | F.S. 37038

MG Brass 4672AP

MF Gun Metal 4681AP | F.S. 37200

F Gunship Gray 4752AP | F.S. 36118

F Marrone Mimetico 4640AP | F.S. 30109

MG Silver 4678AP | F.S. 17178

G White 4696AP | F.S. 17875

F White 4769AP | F.S. 37875

Decals for 3 versions