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Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Casey Thrower » Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:49 pm

I see a vendors page but not much if any info on kits for sale. Who actually makes kits these days? I see several boats on the drawing boards but some haven't had updates in almost 2 years. I'm looking for something to do this winter.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Giovanni » Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:23 pm

Try Matt Thor. :!:
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Thor » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:02 pm

Casey,

We will have the following kits back in Production later this fall:

1) 1/96th Permit
2) 1/48th Type XXI

We will be releasing the new Marlin kit late this winter.

The SSN 571 Kit will be released late next summer. The patterns are done, the preliminary molds are complete and ready for the PE deck work.

We have several other boats in the works, but I have no schedule for any of them at this time.

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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby spongjim » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:12 pm

:D Can I post my wish list here Matt?


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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Thor » Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:14 pm

Jim,

List away! I was shocked by the number of guys at the Regatta who expressed a desire for a 1/32nd Gato. That boat is a beast! :D


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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Casey Thrower » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:49 pm

Thor wrote:Casey,

We will have the following kits back in Production later this fall:

1) 1/96th Permit
2) 1/48th Type XXI

We will be releasing the new Marlin kit late this winter.

The SSN 571 Kit will be released late next summer. The patterns are done, the preliminary molds are complete and ready for the PE deck work.

We have several other boats in the works, but I have no schedule for any of them at this time.

Matt


I already got a Permit from you and enjoyed it. The Type XXI looks a little daunting with twin screws. Never fooled with two motors on a sub before. Now the Marlin sounds like a plan.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Thor » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:19 pm

I hear you, Casey. The XXI is a complex kit and is a very involved build. The Marlin is a beautiful boat. She is now highly detailed with an all new conning tower and a full PE deck. She is, also, a pretty simple build. Skip's boat is one of the most maneuverable boats I have ever seen.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby spongjim » Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:32 pm

I cant wait to get my hands on the updated tower and PE deck for my older Marlin. Casey the XXI is a great sub with a ton of detail. Either would be a great winter project or both ....


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Casey ,I have one of each if you need some pictures. When you coming down this way?
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Casey Thrower » Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:21 pm

spongjim wrote:I cant wait to get my hands on the updated tower and PE deck for my older Marlin. Casey the XXI is a great sub with a ton of detail. Either would be a great winter project or both ....


Jim
Casey ,I have one of each if you need some pictures. When you coming down this way?


Most any Saturday. I have been on vacation for the last 2 weeks and had planned on going to Indiana, but we just got back from Gulf Shores and I was bushed. I'll give shoot you an email soon and make plans.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Pirate » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:30 pm

My 1/96 Ohio kit is available again. New molds completed.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby secrtwpn » Sun Aug 12, 2012 6:00 pm

D & E makes a 1/96 German Type 212. Its available at caswellplating.com.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Sub culture » Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:54 am

Lots of companies producing kits and hulls-

Germany- Engel and Norbert Bruggen
UK- OTW, Sheerline, MBD, Sarik Vacform.
USA- Caswell, Precision Pattern, Mike's Subworks, Scale Shipyard
Russia- Scale Ships

That's a few I can think of. Of course you have things like the Thundertiger Neptune, not a kit as such, at least not in the USA (available as a kit here in the England). I believe that Robbe are no longer manufacturing their line of submarine kits, or at least have greatly reduced the range on offer.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Bigdave » Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:21 am

Don't forget our good friend Don3 at Loyalhanna Dockyard.
He is coming out with some nice kits as well. :D
Hopefully there will always be companies out there willing to cater to us bubbleheads. :mrgreen: BD.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby Sub culture » Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:27 am

Do the make kits, Dave? Thought they were a distributer.
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Re: Who actually makes sub kits?

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:39 pm

Yes, they make kits.

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