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Revell Type IX (U505) Starter Kit in 1:72 scale

R/C Submarine "Beginner's Kit":


The Type IX U-boat was designed by Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine in 1935 and 1936 as a large ocean-going submarine for sustained operations far from the home support facilities. Type IX boats were briefly used for patrols off the eastern United States in an attempt to disrupt the stream of troops and supplies bound for Europe. The extended range came at the cost of longer dive times and decreased maneuverability. It was derived from the Type IA, and appeared in various sub-types.

Type IXs had six torpedo tubes; four at the bow and two at the stern. They carried six reloads internally and had five external torpedo containers (three at the stern and two at the bow) which stored ten additional torpedoes. The total of 22 torpedoes allowed U-boat commanders to follow a convoy and strike night after night. Some of the IXC boats were fitted for mine operations; as mine-layers they could carry 44 TMA or 66 TMB mines.

Secondary armament was provided by one 10.5 cm (4.1 in) deck gun with 180 rounds. Anti-aircraft armament differed throughout the war. They had two periscopes in the tower. Types IXA and IXB had an additional periscope in the control room, which was removed in Type IXC and afterward.


NOTE: The 1:72 Revell Type IX model kit must be sourced by the buyer. The Type IXC/40 with the pinched nose will not work with this SubDriver. This package DOES NOT include the model kit itself, which is widely available from numerous hobby stores online. 


Package contents: 


  • Type IX (U505 variant) SubDriver dive module
  • Viper Marine 10 Electronic speed controller
  • 4 standard mini servos
  • AD2 pitch controller
  • BLM Battery Link and Monitor failsafe device
  • 1500mAh LiPo battery
  • VEX 6-channel FM radio system with receiver
  • 2 nylon dogbones with adapter
  • 10oz self-adhesive ballast weights
  • Flotation foam


Due to the limited availability of this kit, delivery may be delayed.

  • Other components needed but not included

    Other things you may need would include:


    • LiPo battery charger (http://www.all-battery.com/tenergytb6b-charger01321.aspx)
    • Miscellaneous brass rod, tubing and plastic sheet for linkage installation
    • cyanoacrelate glue (superglue)
    • paint