I appreciate your replys, and have checked out some of the links already, and am seriously thinking about ordering the deck gun nautilus models. I don't think I can spring for the whole conversion kit, that's more than I paid for the model! I'll hafta use the pictures and get by as best as I can.
I'm also seriously considering attending the SubRon5 next month in Georgetown, I didn't know they had one of those. Thanx for the invite and the dates!
Dad joined the crew of Springer at Mare Island, sometime between launch and commissioning, then served on all 3 of her WWII patrols.
She reached Pearl in Jan '45, and left Guam on her first patrol in Feb '45. She sank 4 ships, all patrol/anti-sub vessels, and plucked 9 B-29 crewmen from the waters off Tokyo Bay. She was attached to Mare Island Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet shortly after the war.
In 1960, she was refit and "lent" to the Armada de Chile as CNS Thomson (SS-22), and sold for scrap in 1972.