More than 550 Type VIIC U-Boats, the workhorse of the German Kriegsmarine, were commissioned during World War II. One of its most successful was U-552, entering service at Helgoland in the North Sea in December of 1940. During her illustrious career, she destroyed or damaged 30 Allied ships totaling more than 160,000 tons sunk. U-552 was also responsible for the sinking of the USS Rueben James in October of 1941, the first U.S. Navy ship sunk during the war (at a time when America was officially neutral). She survived until the end of World War II — an unlikely feat for German U-Boats — though she was scuttled in May of 1945 to prevent capture.
The largest plastic replica of the U-boat ever created, this 1/48 scale kit — a showcase centerpiece measuring more than four and a half feet long! — features a one-piece hull, a clear starboard side hull (revealing a detailed interior including upper and lower levels), authentic-style rust, a realistic superstructure (with a ladder, life-preservers, and the vessel's signature "Red Devil" emblem), textured deck details, torpedo tubes and torpedoes, dozens of crew member figures (posed in various realistic positions), historically accurate decals, and a display base. Assembly required. 1,100+ pieces. Skill level 5. Measures approximately 55" long.