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Launched on July 9, 1902, HMS A1 was the Royal Navy's first British-designed submarine and was the lead ship of the first British A-class submarines (a second, much different A-class appeared towards the end of the Second World War), and the only one to have a single bow torpedo tube. Thirteen were built by Vickers at Barrow-in-Furness between 1902 and 1905. Armament was two 18-inch  torpedo tubes with four torpedoes except for A-1, which had 1 tube and 3 torpedoes. This submarine class was plagued by numerous accidents and failures; almost every boat in the class (A-1, A-3, A-4, A-5, A-7, and A-8) was involved in some sort of accident over the course of its operational history. A-1 was actually sunk twice: first in 1904 when she became the first submarine casualty, with the loss of all hands; however, she was recovered, but sank again in 1911, this time when she was unmanned. The wreck was discovered in 1989 and is now a protected wreck.

Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our A1 Submarine Models in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our submarine models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes  pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 20 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

FREE SHIPPING in the USA - Note that our model prices include shipping and insurance within the USA.

Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model

Add a museum-like touch to your model display - Consider our protective display case option. Keep fingers and dust away - forever!   Please visit our Display Case page to see our selection.

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A1 Class Submarine Models

$770.00

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