by Damian Petro
1/72 U-123 Type IXB U-boat (Scratchbuilt)
This is a scratch built 1/72 scale model of the U-123 type IXB U-boat the way she was outfitted in 1942 during Operation Drumbeat (the German U-boat offensive off the east coast of the USA). I had some leftover Styrofoam from my USS Gar sub project, so I decided to scratch build this model. After the hull was shaped, I skinned it with file folder cardstock and built all the details- guns, rudders, hatches and so on.
U-123 was skippered by Reinhard Hardegen during Operation Drumbeat and she was one of the first five boats in the offensive. As of September 2017, Hardegen is still living and, at 104 years of age, is the last surviving U-boat commander from WW2.