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Postby greenman407 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:07 pm

I dont know why but I am really fascinated by S-boats. I read a book called War in the boats. Ill find out what the authors and Captains name was but his first two or three patrols was in S boats and it was eye opening to say the least.

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Re: S boats forever

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:18 pm

If this is the book I'm thinking of, that would be War in the Boats: My WWII Submarine Battles (Memories of War) by William J. Ruhe...a very good read for folks interested in what life in the boats was like before the more famous (and air conditioned) Gato/Balao boats came into service.

The U.S. S-class has always been of particular interest to me ever since reading Run Silent, Run Deep when I was in junior high school. Hopefully we'll be seeing an S-boat kit on the market in the next year or so. :)

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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:22 pm

Here are a few that I got off of the Ironbottomsound website.
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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:24 pm

Thats interesting Jeff, ill be looking for that book (Run silent, Run deep) as I have never read it. Can you give me a hint of where this model of the S-boat might come from? And yes I believe that was the author of the book , War in the boats.
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Re: S boats forever

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:30 pm

Mark,

You haven't read Run Silent, Run Deep?!?!? Shame on you! :)

There is a kit in development by a small group of folks, led by Matt Thor. I will be supporting that effort for the photo-etched parts (decks, detail parts, etc.)

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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:37 pm

Man I am soooooo ashamed! :oops: I have a book shelf full of sub related books but not that one. Nice to hear that other models are coming or in the works. Do you know what scale that its going to be. :?:
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Re: S boats forever

Postby Thor » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:52 pm

The pattern is already machined and waiting for priming/finishing. That will begin the the spring...
The boat is modeled in 1/48th scale.

The entire thread with the 3D model development to the CNC machining can be seen here. Just become a registered member to view it...

http://www.subpirates.com/showthread.ph ... Circa-1923



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Re: S boats forever

Postby Thor » Mon Aug 09, 2010 4:54 pm

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Re: S boats forever

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Re: S boats forever

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 09, 2010 5:55 pm

There you go....that's what some of us are waiting for!

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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:14 pm

Nice! At 1/48 how long will it be?
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Re: S boats forever

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:38 pm

This is the S-25, so in 1/48th scale she will be 54.8 inches LOA with a beam of 5.17 inches.

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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Tue Aug 10, 2010 7:53 am

Thats a nice size, not too big , not too small.

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Re: S boats forever

Postby JWLaRue » Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:18 am

For those folks curious as to why the different looking S-class boats seen in the photos......

There were 4 'classes' of S-boats built with different designs:
    - Group I (S-1 class):S-1 and S-18 to S-41, based on Electric Boat Company plans.
    - Group II (S-3 class, or "Navy Yard" type):S-3 to S-17, based on the Portsmouth Navy Yard plans.
    - Group III (S-42 class): S-42-S-47, built at Fore River.
    - Group IV (S-48 class): S-48-S-51, built by Lake.

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Re: S boats forever

Postby greenman407 » Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:47 pm

Jeff, Speaking of Run Silent , Run Deep, I just realized that I have the movie on DVD with Clarke Gable and Burt Lancaster. Does this movie do the book any justice? :?:
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