U-boat spotted on Argyll loch

Das boat surfaces in an Argyll loch for a photo-shoot.

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If you thought German navy had arrived in Scotland, don’t panic.

That was not a real U-boat you saw in Loch Nell, but a model one, engineered by Oban student Lewis Owen for the cover of a new historical novel, Craignish.

The forthcoming book, based on released MI5 files, reveals a secret German plot to land a Scottish traitor in Argyll during the Second World War to recruit enemy agents – one very high profile indeed. Strictly hush hush I’m afraid – for now.

The author Neil Owen, Lewis’s father, said: ‘I was looking for a suitable photo for a book cover, showing a Second World War U-boat in a local sea loch. As you can imagine, there are not too many about, so we built a large model from EPP foam and glassfibre, driven by an electric motor and radio-controlled.

‘Lewis is studying history and archaeology at the University of the Highlands and Islands and has been a keen modeller for many years.

Student Lewis Owen made the U-boat model 1/28 to scale.
Student Lewis Owen made the U-boat model 1/28 to scale.

‘The hull is made from a chunk of insulation foam, sheathed in glass fibre and cut to shape with hot wire after scaling up from a 1/350 plastic model to this one at 1/28 scale. It does not dive as all it was required to do was for photos on the surface with a typical Argyll background.

‘That’s all I can say without giving the game away.’