US Gato Class Submarine in 1:50 Scale
The Gato class was a class of submarines built for the United States Navy and launched in 1941–1943; they were the first mass-production U.S. submarine class of World War II. Together with their near-sisters the Balao and Tench classes, their design formed the majority of the United States Navy's World War II submarine fleet. Named after the lead ship of the class, USS Gato, the Gatos and their successors formed the core of the submarine service that was largely responsible for the destruction of the Japanese merchant marine and a large portion of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. Gato's name comes from a species of small catshark.
This is a great find for anyone looking to model this boat in a large scale. While the origins of the hull are not certain, it is likely a 32nd Parallel or Scale Shipyard hull.
Like most kits of this class of boat, the deck is not included and the builder will need to fabricate it from strip plastic (or even real wood, for the foolhardy!).
Included with the kit are three towers, one of balsa wood, potentially originally intended as a new master pattern, one fiberglass tower that originally came with the kit, and one 3D printed tower in durable nylon with exceptional detail. Also included are many excellent reference photos to help with detailing the hull, twin brass prop shafts, cast resin appendages, a superb geared bow retract mechanism, cast metal detail parts, and a cast metal deck gun.
There are two options for purchase:
1.) As-is: The kit includes everything listed here. Builder responsible for assembly
2.) Ready to Run: Commission the RCSubGuy to build the boat in it's entirety, including SubDriver watertight cylinder, radio, batteries and everything needed to run. Full assembly, painting, weathering, test and trim. Please note that due to my work queue, delivery will likely be spring of 2020.
Don't wait! These boats don't come around often!
Full-sized boat specifications
General characteristics Type: Diesel-electric submarine Displacement:
- 1,525 tons (1,549 t) surfaced
- 2,424 tons (2463 t) submerged
Length: 311 ft 8 in (95.00 m) – 311 ft 10 in (95.05 m) Beam: 27 ft 3 in (8.31 m) Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m) maximum Propulsion:
- 4 × diesel engines driving electrical generators (Fairbanks-Morse, General Motors, or Hooven-Owens-Rentschler)
- 2 × 126-cell Sargo batteries
- 4 × high-speed electric motors with reduction gears (Elliott Company, General Electric, or Allis-Chalmers)
- two shafts
- 5,400 shp (4,000 kW) surfaced
- 2,740 shp (2,040 kW) submerged
- 21 knots (39 km/h) surfaced
- 9 knots (17 km/h) submerged
Range: 11,000 nautical miles (20,000 km) surfaced at 10 knots (19 km/h) Endurance:
- 48 hours at 2 knots (3.7 km/h) submerged
- 75 days on patrol
Test depth: 300 ft (90 m) Complement: 6 officers, 54 enlisted men Armament:
- 10 × 21-inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes
- 6 forward, 4 aft
- 24 torpedoes
- 1 × 3-inch (76 mm) / 50 caliber deck gun
- Bofors 40 mm and Oerlikon 20 mm cannon