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The Surcouf (N N 3) was a French submarine ordered to be built in December 1927, launched 18 October 1929, and commissioned in May 1934. Surcouf, named after the French privateer Robert Surcouf, was the largest submarine ever built, until being surpassed by the Japanese I-400. Her short wartime career was marked with controversy and conspiracy theories. She was classified as an undersea cruiser by sources of her time.
Surcouf was designed as an underwater cruiser, intended to seek and engage in surface combat.For reconnaissance, she carried a Besson MB.411 observation float plane in a hangar built abaft of the conning tower; for combat, she was armed with eight 550 mm and four 400 mm torpedo tubes and twin 203mm/50 Modèle 1924 guns in a pressure-tight turret forward of the conning tower.
By August 1940, the British completed Surcoufs refit and turned her over to the Free French Navy (Forces Navales Françaises Libres, FNFL) for convoy patrol.
The Surcouf was sunk on 18 February 1942. The Surcouf was rammed at night in the Caribbean by the American freighter SS Thompson Lykes
|Model Dimension||Length:314 mm Beam: 26mm|
|Total Plastic Parts||60+pcs|
|Total Sprues||3 sprues and stand|
|Photo Etched Parts||1 piece (10+ parts)|
The IJN I-400 Class submarine was the largest submarine in WW Ⅱ and the largest in the world until the development of nuclear submarines in the 1960s.I-400 had enough fuel to go around the world one and a half times and was able to carry 3 Aichi M 6A 1“Seiran� aircraft that could be assembled for flight within minutes. One of their missions, which was never carried out, reportedly was to use the aircraft to drop bacteriological bombs on U.S. cities. However the bacteriological bombs could not be prepared in time .Later, a mission was to bomb the Panama Canal to cut the supply lines of Allied forces but canceled at last. The I-400 and I-401 were captured at sea a week after the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
|Model Dimension||�Length: 173.9mm �Beam: 17.4mm �Height: 29.9mm|
|Total Plastic Parts||21pcs|
|Total Sprues||1 sprue, upper, lower hull, stand|
The first JMSDF OYASHIO class submarine was launched in 1998. 9 submarines was taking service in JMSDF till 2006. Two more of the class are building or on order, with the tenth planned to commission in 2007. The 268-foot submarines carry 20 torpedoes or UGM-84C Harpoon missiles, unlike the three previous Japanese submarine classes, have bow-mounted torpedo tubes and conformal sonar arrays.
|Model Dimension||Length:117.1 mm Width:20.8 mm|
|Total Plastic Parts||10Pcs|
After some major redesign works, the first improved Type 039A submarine (No.321) entered service in April 2001, followed by the second (No.322) in Dec 2001. .Since then more boats have been entered service with the PLA Navy. Elimination of the stepped design for conning tower is the primary visual cue for identification of 039A variant. A new coat of anechoic tile has been applied to further reduce the noise. Compared with Type 039, the underwater performance and noise level of type 039A submarine was more satisfactory.
|Model Dimension||�Length:105.85 mm �Width:12.13|
|Total Plastic Parts||9pcs|
|Total Sprues||1 sprue, upper, lower hull, stand|
The Soviets started assisting China in the production of ROMEO submarine in 1959. The Chinese variant is known as the Type 033 . The Chinese Type 033 incorporated some improvements over the original ROMEO, including noise reduction of at least 20 dB. A total of 84 Type 033 submarines were built in China from 1962 to 1984, plus several exported to other countries. Today most of the Type 033 submarines have been retired or preserved, with few remaining for training purposes.
|Model Dimension||Length:109.5 mm Width:10.5 mm|
|Total Plastic Parts||9|
|Total Sprues||2pcs sprues, stand, bridge|
Created as part of a plan to attack major cities in the United States and the Panama Canal, the three I-400 class large aircraft carrier submarines were quite technologically advanced. Featuring an extremely long range and heavily armed with both torpedoes and deck guns, they were also equipped with catapults to launch their three Aichi M6A Seiran aircraft. While on their way to attack the Panama Canal, the submarines were ordered to attack the Allied naval base at Ulithi instead. However, hostilities ended before any attack could be launched. After surrendering to U.S. forces, the I-400 was eventually sailed to Hawaii, where they were studied and then scuttled.
About the Model
- High-quality 1/350 scale assembly kit model of the I-400 submarine.
- Accurately reproduced hull features two-piece construction with upper and lower hull sections.
- Hangar hatch may be modeled in both open and closed positions for increased display possibilities.
- Details such as crane arm and antenna array realistically depicted with precision-made photo-etched parts.
- Metal parts for propeller screw shafts provide additional detail.
- Parts are included to allow depiction of the Seiran aircraft with wings in both extended and folded positions. Furthermore, photo-etched parts are used for aircraft propellers and dollies. - Conveniently includes special display base.
Recommended Tamiya paints:
- TS-33 - 100ml Hull Red
- TS-66 - 100ml IJN Gray (Kure Arsenal)
- X-10 - 10ml Gun Metal
- X-12 - 10ml Gold Leaf
- XF-1 - 10ml Flat Black
- XF-12 - 10ml J.N. Grey
- XF-2 - 10ml Flat White
- XF-24 - 10ml Dark Grey
- XF-64 - 10ml Red Brown
- XF-70 - 10ml Dark Green