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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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SS-44 submarine



 


S-44 fired four Mark 10 torpedoes at the rear ship.  Three torpedoes exploded and S-44 had claimed the largest Japanese man-of-war in the Pacific War to date. This submarine model is now on permanent display at the Rickover
Naval Academy.
 


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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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Nautilus
20,000 Miles under the Seas


 

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


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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 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 Batfish
SS-310

 


When it comes to anti-submarine warfare, no American submarine was more successful than the USS Batfish SS-310.  In February 1945 the USS Batfish set a Navy record by sinking three enemy submarines in a three-day period!  From December 1943 through August 1945, she sank fourteen Japanese ships and damaged three others.   This incredible record earned USS Batfish nine Battle Stars. Her Crew earned the Navy Cross, four Silver Stars, and ten Bronze Stars! The
"sub killer" was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.
 


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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 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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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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Drebbel'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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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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Brandtaucher

(1850)

 


Brandtaucher was a submarine built the German Navy in 1850. Upon seeing the submarine the Danish Fleet decided to retreat, resulting in the first naval victory achieved by a submarine
.
 


 

Ictineu II

(1864)


The Ictineu II was the first successful combustion powered submarine. The most important invention was the anaerobic engine 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 and generated the temperature needed for the production of steam and gave oxygen as a byproduct which was collected in exhaust tanks for breathing and illumination.  
 


 

Surcouf
French submarine

43" long
(1/100 scale)


Before the Second World War, the Surcouf was the largest submarine in the world. Not only she was she armed with torpedoes but also two 8-inch (203m) cannons mounted in a turret forward of her conning tower and a Besson MB.411 airplane housed in a watertight, pressure resistant hanger behind the conning tower.  Surcouf was designed as an “underwater cruiser”, intended to seek and engage in surface combat. 
 


 

Type XXIII

Coastal U-boat

31" long (1/44 scale)
 


Type XXIII was dangerous. It was the first submarine in the world to use a single hull design.  By the end of the war, only six Type XXIIIs saw action.  The patrols were very successful, resulted in five Allied ships sunk with no loss to the attacking boats.
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Type XXI

31" long
(1/100 scale)


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.  
 


 

USS Parche (SSN-683)
 

35" long

(1/100 scale)
 


USS Parche is the most highly decorated vessel in U.S. history.  She received a total of nine Presidential Unit Citations and ten Navy Unit Commendations. The submarine also received thirteen Navy Expeditionary Medals during her thirty years of service.  She was involved in recovering Soviet missile fragments from the seabed following test launches. A spy submarine, much of her operational history was spent undertaking missions of a clandestine nature.  A vast majority of the missions undertaken remain classified. 
 


USS Cusk
SS-348

 


The USS Cusk was the world's first missile submarine.  We build this submarine model at 37" long. 

 

USS CUSK submarine

USS Albacore
(1953)

24" long
 


USS Albacore
AGSS-569 was a unique research submarine that pioneered the American version of the teardrop hull form of modern submarines. The revolutionary design was derived from extensive hydrodynamic and wind tunnel testing, with an emphasis on underwater speed and maneuverability.
 


 

USS Nautilus
SSN-571

38" long
 


USS Nautilus was the world's first operational nuclear-powered submarine and the first vessel to complete a submerged transit across the North Pole.

 
USS NAUTILUS submarine