Fully RTR OTW R-Class Submarine
About the R-Class
The world’s first Hunter Killer submarine, the ‘R Class’ had a 22-man crew (2 officers and 20 ratings) and was 163 feet long, by 16 ft (beam) and had a displacement of 420 tons. It had 6 x 18 inch torpedo tubes later replaced by 6 X 21 inch torpedoes tubes, an 8 cylinder engine with 480 HP and 2 electric motors (1200 HP) and could reach speeds of 9.5 knots on the surface and 15 submerged. The R class group of submarines were the fastest commissioned boats until the later days of WWII (1944) when the German Type 21 was commissioned – not bad for a small WWI Submarine! The submarine was first laid down by Vickers on the Tyne on December 1917, commissioned in 1918 and scrapped in 1929.
About the Model:
This kit was assembled by Steve Neill, a talented builder out of California. You can view a complete log of the buildup of this model on his channel here.
The finished model will be fully tested and trimmed and come complete with radio system, OTW Dive Module, NiMh battery pack and everything needed for operation, less a battery charger (available separately here on my site).
I anticipate availability of this model in late September after our upcoming SUBFEST 2020 event in Georgia. In the area? Come to the event and see the boat in action, taking it home afterward!