Interesting topic. Hummmmmm.
We build models of ships for many reasons....history, battle record, tragedy, victory, sentimentally, love of technology, solitude in the work shop. I think the reasons for building a model of a tragic vessel as judged by history is fine even if perhaps I might feel a bit morose if I attended a regatta with nothing but Thresher, Scorpion, Thetis, Titanic, Kursk, Bounty.
As submarine modelers we are special artists, and in the subjects we select to render, we are revealing some varied need to express. I often wonder by operating a r/c model of such good if tragic ships, we some how consciously or unconsciously want to turn back the clock, to be there to correct some fault, to alter history. A reflection of our own mortality. What if the lookout on Titanic could have seen that berg a half minute earlier? What if Tang could have made that emergency turn a few seconds earlier avoiding that last runaway torpedo.
The true enemy of a submariner, as all sailors what ever their nationality, is the implacable sea all around them, whither fate comes by accident or by enemy intent. Reminded by our own mortality, we reflect knowing we could have done everything right, and still might lose to the cold sea. Ships of all types reflect man and woman's intrepid spirit, we measure ourselves. In the case of submarines, the measure of those whom sail in them can be even finer.