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My Real German U-boat U-29

Article about: Even without the box this piece is fetching a couple hundred quid in the collectors market, very nice to own

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    Thumbs up My Real German U-boat U-29

    Yes, you read correctly I own a real German U-boat and it was made in Germany in 1938/39. The only minor detail is that it is a tin wind-up toy made by the Arnold company. These must have been relatively popular for even the famous U-boat ace Schepke gave one to the son of the famous skier Toni Plenk and the little boys name was Horst Plenk.

    I have the U-boat displayed with an original color picture that came from an issue of Signal Magazine. I have also included the Signal article (printed in English as it appeared in 1941.

    The boat works great and I only had to replace the missing flag with a period tin-plate flag by Elastolin.

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    Last edited by Jody; 06-08-2014 at 03:44 AM.

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    I Like it! And it's in superb shape, no less! Nice find!

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    What an amazing model !!

    "In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem

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    Very nice Jody, I have not seen one of these before.


    Whatever its just an opinion.

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    A nice model!
    Author of... 'Belfast Diaries: A Gunner In Northern Ireland'... 'A Tough Nut To Crack: Andersonstown.. Voices From 9 Battery Royal Artillery In Northern Ireland'... 'An Accrington Pal: The Diaries of Pte Jack Smallshaw, September 1914 To March 1919'.

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    Lovely piece. They just don't make them like they used to...

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    A superb item, highly sought by collectors. Thank you for sharing this one with us.
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    Very nice piece, i usually dont collect non militaria anymore, but i adore antiques- especial these metal toys has a special place in my heart.

    And like others has mentiond, these pieces are very collectable.

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    Very nice indeed.

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    Fantastic condition !

    Now you need a decent original box to go with it.

    Thank you for sharing.


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