|Two German miniature submarines being towed along a Danish road in May 1945. The Germans planned to operate the subs from Danish harbours. A large depot was established at the air field at Mellemaaen, near Nystrup.|
The kit is from Italeri and quite easy to assemble although I put in some time getting rid of a seam along the top of the hull. As submarines really isn't what turns me on modelling wise I kept my own modifications to a minimum. I opend up a few of the bolted covers in the sides of the boat. To conduct technical examinations I suppose the British technicians removed them for easier access.
|The two main hull parts ready for assembly.|
|The Biber assembled and ready for primer. Posed on a track panel the boat will most likely end up as a load on a lorry.|
On my visit to the Berlin Technical Museum I had the opportunity to see a real Biber. Apart from its small size I was struck by the fact that the rudders were made from wood. As a weapon the Biber wasn't a success. Most were lost at sea because of mechanical failures, rough sea or because their 'drivers' died from carbon monoxide poisoning due to a badly designed exhaust system.
|The Biber in the Berlin Technical Museum. Not much of a submarine at barely over six tons.|
|Also the Biber in Berlin is missing a cover. Notice the somewhat buckled surface of the boat.|