Submarines

A note about PMWC Submarines:

Submarines have not been used in this 1/72 scale club until recently, because a working prototypical torpedo had not been developed.  Other clubs; principally 1/144 Big Gun have utilized them for years; however, the torpedo being fired has either been a “rod” fired in the water at point blank range or a series of 1/4″ ball bearings.  Neither example acted in a realistic manner, so the use of submarines in this club has been waiting for a “working torpedo”.

Test and test and design after design were explored.  Finally we have a working torpedo!  This torpedo being used by the club travels underwater, straight as an arrow, for between 15 – 20 feet.

Since guns and the number of rounds carried by PMWC ship is limited, so are the number of tubes and torpedoes fired from the various submarines.  Currently submarines carry a minimum of 1 shot for the smallest classes, up to 4 shots for the largest.

IJN I-201

The IJN-201 was the first submarine in the club capable of firing the new torpedo design.  It is armed with a single tube up front and fires just one shot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

USS Balao:

The USS Balao is the clubs second submarine to be built capable of using the new torpedoe design.  It is allowed to fire 3 torpedoes.  Balao is currently armed with 2 bow tubes and a single stern firing tube.

 

 

FN Surcouf:

Started a few years ago, but never finished.  Now that the new torpedoes are working, Surcouf couple be hitting the water soon.

 

 

NOTE:

Since updating our website, several photos have been misplaced.  As soon as we can find them, more submarine photos will be posted.

 

 

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