"Emergency Refuling at Sea"
By: Nader Taheri
This extreme miniature WWII waterline diorama depicts two German Type VIIC submarines c.1943, U-96 (launched 1940) and U-995 (launched 1943) in the Atlantic at a rendezvous point off the coast of France. The newer and slightly larger U-995 prepares to off load a modest amount of fuel to assist U-96 in her efforts to return to port for provisions. The larger submarine is in much better condition, having recently been launched and carries two 'Beaver' midget-subs on her deck, one forward one aft. These two models are heavily modified resign hulls and are fitted out with numerous photo-etched brass parts and custom details. Each model is convincingly weathered, having involved minute hand brushed paint-work. Scale work-action figures are also included showing crew members manning the refueling hoses and on deck procedures for such an at-sea operation. The waterline sea is hand sculpted from plasticine, and then painted with artist oils to create the plausible drama and colors of the north Atlantic. It is mounted in a glazed case with wood trim matching the wooden base frame of gray coloration and includes engraved nickel-silver plaques.