Completed length approximately 5 3/8"
Color painting guide and decals for hull markings
1/700 Scale Ship
HBM87011 USS Balao SS285 1/700 Scale Plastic Model Kit Hobby Boss
The Balao (SS-285) class was conceived as an improved Gato (SS-212) class submarine. Balao introduced several new concepts to the submarine force when she was commissioned in 1943. The most important of these being the thicker pressure hull, using 7/8" high tensile steel plates rather than the 5/8" plate used in the earlier Gato class. Improvements in hull construction increased the test depth of this class to 400-feet as opposed to 350-feet in the Gato class and fuel capacity was significantly increased which improved patrol radius. Submerged endurance was 48 hours at 2 knots. Cruising range was almost 10,000 sea miles on the surface at 10 knots with 116,000 gallons of diesel fuel. Patrol duration was 75 days.
Length: 135.74mm (5.34 inches)
Beam: 11.18mm (.44 inches)
Total parts: 13Pcs
3 sprues, upper hull, stand
From the Manufacturer
USS Balao SS-285. US Navy fleet submarine, lead boat in her class (improved Gato class). Kit has detailed full hull, optional surface or submerged bow planes and pre-finished plastic display stand.
Hobby Boss USS BALAO SS-285 Boat Model Building Kit - B0018J0XFE