USS Harder from Revell 1/180 kit of USS Lionfish…
January 30, 2014 in Ships
The USS Harder SS-257 was a Gato Class Fleet Submarine. She was built by the Electric Boat Company at Groton, Connecticut, and launched on 19 August, 1942. One of the most famous submarines of WW2, her skipper was Cmdr Samuel D. Dealey, “a submariner’s submariner”. She was a most successful boat, but met her end off Dasol Bay, Phillipines. Under depth charge attack by Imperial Japanese Navy units, she was lost with all hands on 24 August, 1944.
This model is sort of a “prequel” to my USS Bowfin SS-287 recently posted. The Harder model was built some time before the Bowfin, and thanks to David Hansen’s comment on the Bowfin I was reminded of it (I believe he saw it on the “Scale Models” page of my website at http://www.bauschdesign.com). I found a couple of photos and am posting them. They are “pre digital”, and are from scans of prints from film, so are not the best quality. I like them, though, because the model is off its stand, and looks more natural. Anyway, I will probably take some better shots eventually.
Harder was a Gato class boat, and didn’t have as much of a cut down superstructure as the Bowfin. So it was a little easier to make mods to the kit parts. Also the Electric Boat submarines didn’t have as many limber holes as the Portsmouth boats (sigh of relief!). The propellor shafts enter the hull at too much of an angle on the Lionfish kit, and this is something I corrected on the Bowfin. I did more weathering on the Harder than on the Bowfin, so she has a bit more “character”.
2 additional images. Click to enlarge