1/144 USS Gato

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  • Jordyn Collier said 1 week, 6 days ago:

    I dont know much about this sub, but I bet I will by the end of it. It looks to be a quick and easy build, with a straightforward paint scheme of flat black and light gray, but I have to rig it. And I know what you are saying. “But Jordyn, 4 wip models is too much!” Well, I tend to build up a few things then paint them together. Thats what i did for my last three complete builds and i thought it was nice to have all of them done at once. I want to say this one was a gift from Gary. So, here’s to my FIRST proper boat model! And yes, the picture has the panther and marder in it, but I dont have any other pics, so I thought I’d get my foot in the door for this new group and post what I will be building.

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  • Louis Gardner said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    It seems that I always have several works underway at the same time. This is by choice for me, as it makes painting easier, especially when I am painting the same colors. Please keep us posted.

  • Jordyn Collier said 1 week, 4 days ago:

    Well. I assembled the wierd internal structure. Took approximately an hour cleaning the parts and test fitting. I wonder if it’s just for supports? Or if it’s meant to float? The hull has holes in it to let water in, and it seems like this structure is weighted towards the bottom. Its sorta like a long tube. idk.

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  • Andrew H said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    Jordyn, I’m no submariner, but could it be the main pressure vessel hull? Most of the visible hull is built around the actual hull, which is approximately cylindrical in shape. See the below link, or construction pictures of any of this class boat, on Navsource (via Google).


    Also if you ever get to do some reading, there are many harrowing stories about the silent service in WWII. It was a vital part of Naval strategy and reading up will give you a fine appreciation for the boats and the men who sail them.

    Navsource link to the Wahoo (a boat with a storied history). Note the first few pictures of construction.

    I suppose if you wanted to do a cutaway model, some find it interesting to detail the innards of the vessel, hence the semblance of bulkheads, if I’m not mistaken.

  • Jordyn Collier said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    Well that would be interesting, but my scratch building skills are nowhere near on par enough to do it justice. It would be like a 4 year old designing a rocket.

  • Andrew H said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    No worries, as appealing as it would look, I think the finished model done up to completion is equally display worthy 😉

    Looking forward to seeing your progress. I have this kit from HB, however in my chosen scale of 1/700.. so a wee bit smaller, and slightly less detail! 🙂

  • Jordyn Collier said 1 week, 3 days ago:

    Lol. I hope I do her justice. I’ll be doing the red black and grey scheme.

  • Jordyn Collier said 1 week, 2 days ago:

    Also, this will be part of a group build I’m in, so expect the posts to be rolling along, including paint.

  • Jordyn Collier said 5 days, 14 hours ago:

    Man, school was busy this week. I finally got some down time to work on my models. Here is an update for the gato, along with some additional history.
    USS Gato (SS-212) was the lead ship of her class of submarine in the United States Navy. She was the first Navy ship named for the gato, a species of small catshark. Her keel was laid down 5 October 1940, by the Electric Boat Company of Groton, Connecticut. She served in WW2 in the pacific theatre.

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