German U-boat Type VII D Minenleger

Key Facts

Scale: 1/350th
1 Vessel
Requires Assembly

This product is supplied unassembled and unpainted. Glue and paints not included.



The Type VIID, based on its predecessor but with lengthened hull was also ready. Like its predecessor, the Type VIID was able to launch attacks by means of torpedoes. It also equipped with fiver vertical tubes just aft of the conning tower to deposit up to 39 mines. Thanks to this stealth, the Type VIID was able to deploy miles at strategical locations, such as enemy coasts, outside harbours and important shipping routes.

The Type VIID had larger fuel capacity than Type VIIC, but due to its larger size, the former was inferior in terms of manoeuvrability, top speed and cruise time. There were six Type VIID submarines (U-213 to U-218) commissioned, from August 1941 to May 1942. Yet, till the end of WWII, only 9 minelaying missions were executed.

For the rest of the missions, the Type VIID was used as a regular submarine. The 88mm gun was unmounted in May 1943, in exchange for two 20mm anti-aircraft cannons aft of the conning tower. This modification retained until the end of WWII.

Note: This is a detailed plastic model designed for display - to convert to use in Cruel Seas will take a modicum of skill

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted

1/350th scale Cruel Seas Vessels

While the scale of Cruel Seas is 1/300th, it is primarily a game of smaller coastal craft; these larger vessels actually work well at 1/350th and fit better on the gaming table at that scale. They look just fine alongside the 1/300th scale boats too. So don’t worry about mixing 1/300 and 1/350 vessels on your gaming table – it’s not just okay, we recommend it!


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