WWII German Tin Toy Submarine -
The item featured here is a tin toy of a German U-Boat. The story we got is that the GI was in Germany in
1943. When he returned home he brought this toy for his son. The son remembers playing with it in the
bathtub when he was a little kid. Although some parts are missing, fortunately the sub remains in pretty
good shape and retains the original paint.
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The submarine has very nice litograph applied to it. The top is painted green while the bottom is red.
The conning tower has a bridge with a small plastic figure of a man looking through a set of binoculars.
The number 29 is written to the side. A Kriegsmarine eagle is placed in the very front.
The submarine comes apart in two by pressing the upper section. This releases pressure on the tabs allowing the
toy to be taken apart.
The front is equipped with a silver sew whose purpose was to cut anti-submairne netting. A cannon is placed on the
deck. It has a 360 dregree movement range.
The propellor of the submarine spins freely. A rotor moves to provide the direction of the ship. According to
information found this example is missing a mechanical assembly which wound up the propellor to allow
the submarine to move. The winding was done via the periscope, which is not present here.
Here is an example of what the submarine toy and packaging looked like when they were new.