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This model fairwater is intended for submersible Radio Control models and is printed in "Strong and Flexible" plastic, a kind of tough, waterproof nylon. The Balao class was the successor to the Gato class and had a differently shaped fairwater (sail/conning tower) than the Gato class although the hull was nearly identical externally. This model has features specific to USS Balao SS-285 as she appeared in 1945. This model can be adapted to model other boats of the class with similar features.
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Due to the extraordinarily large size of the CAD file, a set of hatches and locker doors is available separately (click here).
Although details varied widely between boats, the mast configuration depicted by this model fairwater is known to have been fit to the following Balao class boats:
- SS-285 Balao
- SS-286 Billfish
- SS-287 Bowfin
- SS-288 Cabrilla
- SS-291 Crevalle
- SS-308 Apogon
- SS-311 Archerfish
- SS-321 Besugo
- SS-383 Pampanito
- SS-384 Parche
- SS-402 Sea Fox
- SS-404 Spikefish
- SS-409 Piper
- SS-413 Spot
- SS-415 Stickleback
- SS-426 Tusk
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Notice: this product is printed in "White Natural Versatile Plastic", which is nylon. The model will have noticeable striations (print lines) requiring filling with primer to create a smooth surface. Natural Versatile nylon plastics do not sand easily. This material is recommended for radio control models where strength and durability are important. Customers who intend their model to be placed on static display are generally unhappy with Versatile Plastic for these reasons.
From military.wikia.com: "The Balao-class was a successful design of United States Navy submarine used during World War II, and with 122 units built, the largest class of submarines in the United States Navy. An improvement on the earlier Gato-class, the boats had slight internal differences. The most significant improvement was the use of thicker, higher yield strength steel in the pressure hull skins and frames, which increased their test depth to 400 feet (120 m). Tang actually achieved a depth of 612 ft (190 m) during a test dive, and exceeded that test depth when taking on water in the forward torpedo room while evading a destroyer.
"Museums: Eight Balao-class submarines are open to public viewing. They primarily depend on revenue generated by visitors to keep them operational and up to U.S. Navy standards; each boat gets a yearly inspection and a "report card". Some boats, like Batfish and Pampanito, encourage youth functions and allow a group of volunteers to sleep overnight in the crew's quarters. The following is a complete list of Balao-class museum boats: