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MODELS of FAMOUS SUBMARINES

"If you're a sailor, best not know how to swim.  Swimming only prolongs the inevitable--if the sea wants you and your time has come."--JAMES CLAVELL. 

We have supplied many model ships to nautical museums, shipping operators, ship builders, marine engineers, business executives... Please click on this ship models link to view some samples. 

 
USS North Dakota
SSN-784

 


USS North Dakota is a Virginia-class submarine.   It is the first of the Block III subs which will feature a revised bow, including some technology from Ohio-class submarine cruise missile submarines. USS North Dakota will use two of the new tubes to house and launch 12 missiles. 
 


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U-99

Otto Kretschmer


 

One of the best known and most dread German U-Boat of WWII.  Her captain was the most successful Ace of the Deep. From September 1939 to 1941,  he sank 47 ships for a total of 274,333 tons.  For this the commander received the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords.

U-99 submarine
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U-505

 
U-505 was captured on June 4th, 1944 by United States Navy. Codebooks and other secret materials from U-505 assisted Allied code breaking operations.   The Navy classified the operation as top secret and managed to prevent its discovery by the Germans. 

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Yellow Submarine

 


We have made many model ships for high-end restaurants. A large, fine ship model can contribute tremendously to your business. Many owners have told us that the ships became undetachable from the restaurant's name.



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USS Wahoo
SS-565


 
USS Wahoo (SS-565), a Tang-class submarine.  She was launched on 16 October 1951 sponsored by Mrs. Harry W. Hill, and commissioned on Memorial Day, 30 May 1952 with Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson in command.

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SS-44 submarine



 


At 07:50, S-44 sighted the formation of four heavy cruisers at less than 900 yards. At 08:06, she fired four Mark 10 torpedoes at the rear ship, only 700 yards away. Three torpedoes exploded and the heavy cruiser Kako was sinking.  S-44 had claimed the largest Japanese man-of-war in the Pacific War to date.
 


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Nautilus
20,000 Miles under the Seas


 

One of Model Ship Master's most accomplished submarine models to date. 


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Nautilus
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
 


The Nautilus was described as "a masterpiece containing masterpieces." Much of the ship was decorated to standards of luxury that were unequalled in a seagoing vessel of the time.
 


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USS Cavalla
SS-244

 


USS Cavalla was called "The Luckiest Ship in the Submarine Service". She logged 90,000 miles, made 570 dives, and sank 34,180 tons of Japanese shipping.  Her greatest sinking, during six war patrols, was the aircraft carrier Shokaku that had participated in the attack on Pearl Harbor. She was present in Tokyo Bay in September 1945 for the Japanese surrender.
 


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USS Croaker
SS-246

 


Croaker made six war patrols, and attacked and sank a cruiser, four tankers, two freighters, an ammunition ship, two escort craft, and a minesweeper.  With eleven sinkings, totaling 40,000 tons, Croaker's war career typifies the tremendous success of the submarine war against Japan. 

 

uss croaker
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U-47
GŁnther Prien


 

On 14 October 1939 Prien risked shallow water, unknown shoals, tricky currents and detection to penetrate the Royal Navy's primary base and sank the battleship Royal Oak.   He sank the British battleship HMS Royal Oak in the heavily defended British North Fleet main harbor at Scapa Flow.


u-47 submarine
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USS Batfish
SS-310

 


When it comes to anti-submarine warfare, no American submarine was more successful than the USS Batfish SS-310. USS Batfish earned nine battle stars for her World War II service in the Pacific. Over a period of three days in February 1945, she sank three Japanese submarines. For this feat, the "sub killer" was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.


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USS Pampanito
SS-383

 


 


Pampanito earned six battle stars for her World War II service in the Pacific, sinking five vessels with a total tonnage of 27,332 tons. Her biggest day came on September 12, 1944, when she and two other submarines surprised an 11-ship convoy and sank seven.  Later, Pampanito rescued more than 73 Allied prisoners of war who had been carried aboard the enemy transports unbeknown to the submariners. USS Pampanito is one of the best restored WW II fleet boats.

 


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USS Jimmy Carter
SSN-23

 


USS Jimmy Carter (SSN-23) is the third and last Seawolf-class submarine.  Carter is 100 feet longer than the other two ships of her class due to the insertion of a section known as the Multi-Mission Platform (MMP), which allows launch and recovery of ROVs and Navy SEAL forces. The MMP may also be used as an underwater splicing chamber for tapping of undersea fiber optic cables. 

 


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I-4OO
 


 


I-400 was the world's largest submarine.  She was actually a submarine aircraft carrier that carried 3 torpedo bombers.  The I-400 could travel round-trip to anywhere in the world, although it was built with the intention to reach and destroy the strategic Panama Canal. 
 

i-400 submarine
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USS Growler
SS-215

 

In June 1942 the growler came upon 3 Japanese warships.  She fired at all three.  One sank, the others were put out of service.  People called that something to growl about.


 
uss growler
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USS Wahoo
SS-565

 


USS Wahoo (SS-565), a Tang-class submarine.  She was launched on 16 October 1951 sponsored by Mrs. Harry W. Hill, and commissioned on Memorial Day, 30 May 1952 with Commander Eugene P. Wilkinson in command.
 


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Typhoon submarine


 


The Typhoon, with a submerged displacement of more than 48,000t, is the biggest submarine class the world's ever seen.  It is large enough to accommodate decent living facilities for the crew for 120 days.  Typhoons are able to deploy their long-range nuclear missiles while moored at their docks.
 


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USS Cheyenne
SSN-773
 


USS Cheyenne is the primary subject of the book SSN by Tom Clancy.  She is also featured in the video game by Tom Clancy called SSN.  In the novel Quicksilver by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, USS Cheyenne was ordered to fire a Tomahawk TLAM Block Four cruise missile. Miken Marano.  In To the Death by Patrick Robinson, the Cheyenne is tasked with shadowing an Iranian Kilo on a path through the Mediterranean Sea.
 


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Bushnell's Turtle

(1775)

 


David Bushnell’s Turtle, the first American submarine. Built in 1775, its intended purpose was to break the British naval blockade of New York harbor during the American Revolution. With slight positive buoyancy, Turtle normally floated with approximately six inches of exposed surface. Turtle was powered by a hand-driven propeller. The operator would submerge under the target, and using a screw projecting from the top of Turtle, he would attach a clock-detonated explosive charge.

 



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Drebel's Submarine

(1620)

 


The first submarine was ever constructed, by Cornelius Van Drebel, of Holland, in the service of King James I of England.  It was operated by 12 rowers and submerged to a depth of 12 feet.  
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Brandtaucher

(1850)

 


Brandtaucher was a submarine built the German Navy in 1850.  In January 1850 Bauer, a cavalryman during the German-Danish War, designed Brandtaucher as a way to end the Danish naval blockade of Germany.  Bauer's early sketch attracted the attention of the Minister of Marine, who allowed him to construct a 70 x 18 x 29 cm model. Its satisfactory performance led to the construction of a full-scale boat which was 8.07 m long, 2.02 m beam.  Upon seeing the submarine the Danish Fleet decided to retreat, resulting in the first naval victory achieved by a submarine.
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Plongeur

(1863)

 


Plongeur (French for "Diver") was the first submarine in the world to be propelled by mechanical power. The submarine was propelled by stored compressed air powering a reciprocating engine.  The submarine was armed with a ram to hole the hull of enemy ships, and an electrically fired spar torpedo, fixed at the end of a pole. 
 


 

Ictineu II

(1864)


The Ictineu II was the first successful combustion powered submarine. It had 14 meters length, 2 meters beam and 3 meters depth. It was built with olive tree wood with oak reinforcements and a 2 millimeter thick copper layer.  The most important invention was the anaerobic engine of Ictineu II together with the solution to the problem of oxygen renovation in an hermetic container.  The engine employed a chemical mix of manganese peroxide, zinc and potassium chlorate that reacted generating the temperature needed for the production of steam and gave as a gas product oxygen which, was collected in exhaust tanks and was used afterwards for breathing and illumination purpose.  Coming soon.
 


 

Gymnote

(1888)

Gymnote was the world's first electrical submarine, and is often considered as the world's first modern and fully functional submarine.  Coming soon.


Peral

(1888)

 


The Peral submarine pioneered new designs in the hull, control systems and air systems.  Its ability to fire torpedoes under water while maintaining full propulsive power and control has led some to call it the first U-boat. The submarine was invented by Isaac Peral, a Spanish scientist and a sailor.
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Type XXI


 


Type XXI U-boats were the first submarines designed to operate entirely submerged, rather than as surface ships that only submerge as a temporary means to escape detection or launch an attack.  Coming soon.
 

TYPE XXI submarine
 

Type XXIII

Coastal U-boat



 


Type XXIII of coastal boat was one of the most advanced submarine designs of WWII.  It was the first submarine in the world to use a single hull design.  By the end of the war, of the 61 Type XXIIIs completed, only six saw action.  The patrols were very successful, resulted in five Allied ships sunk with no loss to the attacking boats.
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USS Cusk
SS-348

 


The USS Cusk made history as the world's first missile submarine.
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USS CUSK submarine

USS Albacore
(1953)
 
USS Albacore AGSS-569 was the basis for the teardrop hull form (sometimes referred to as an "Albacore hull") of modern submarines.  Coming soon. USS ALBACORE submarine
 

USS Nautilus
SSN-571
(1954)
 
USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first vessel to complete a submerged transit across the North Pole.  Coming soon. USS NAUTILUS submarine