I haven't run the numbers yet but I plan on replacing the deck that comes with the Revell 1/72 Gato with a wooden (simulated wood) full length deck with the standard 2 inch by 1 1/2 inch battens (scaled down to .028" by .020"). To support the battens I plan on putting a lateral member underneath the battens at each frame position. Some frames are 30 inches on center (.420") and some are 24 inches on center (.333"). If I could get a rectangular deck I would cut it to fit in the superstructure. I would also modify it for all of the additional items that are on a Gato deck. Actually, I would want to have it built somewhat longer than what would be required for the deck as I would use the leftover decking in the fairwater.
This is just a rough idea of what I would like to have you consider if it's feasable. When I get a chance I'll come up with a detailed drawing with good dimensions. Let me know if you think this is at all doable and if you are at all interested in doing a deck like this. Otherwise, I would have to buy a lot of Evergreen plastic to do it with. But I will do it one way or another.
Qualified in Submarines 1965
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