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The Balao class submarines were completed in 1943-45 and were essentially Gato class submarines with strengthened hulls. This allowed them to dive deeper, which was tactically important when evading attacks. With 122 units built, it is the largest class of submarines in the United States Navy.

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

Hull Number Name   Hull Number Name   Hull Number Name   Hull Number Name
SS-285 Balao   SS-316 Barbel   SS-362 Guavina   SS-394 Razorback
SS-286 Billfish   SS-317 Barbero   SS-363 Guitaro   SS-395 Redfish
SS-287 Bowfin   SS-318 Baya   SS-364 Hammerhead   SS-396 Ronquil
SS-288 Cabrilla   SS-319 Becuna   SS-365 Hardhead   SS-397 Scabardfish
SS-289 Capelin   SS-320 Bergall   SS-366 Hawkbill   SS-398 Segundo
SS-290 Cisco   SS-321 Besugo   SS-367 Icefish   SS-399 Sea Cat
SS-291 Crevalle   SS-322 Blackfin   SS-368 Jallao   SS-400 Sea Devil
SS-292 Devilfish   SS-323 Caiman   SS-369 Kete   SS-401 Sea Dog
SS-293 Dragonet   SS-324 Blenny   SS-370 Kraken   SS-402 Sea Fox
SS-294 Escolar   SS-325 Blower   SS-371 Lagarto   SS-403 Atule
SS-295 Hackleback   SS-326 Blueback   SS-372 Lamprey   SS-404 Spikefish
SS-296 Lancetfish   SS-327 Boarfish   SS-373 Lizardfish   SS-405 Sea Owl
SS-297 Ling   SS-328 Charr   SS-374 Loggerhead   SS-406 Sea Poacher
SS-298 Lionfish   SS-329 Chub   SS-375 Macabi   SS-407 Sea Robin
SS-299 Manta   SS-330 Brill   SS-376 Mapiro   SS-408 Sennet
SS-300 Moray   SS-331 Bugara   SS-377 Menhaden   SS-409 Piper
SS-301 Roncador   SS-332 Bullhead   SS-378 Mero   SS-410 Threadfin
SS-302 Sabalo   SS-333 Bumper   SS-381 Sand Lance   SS-411 Spadefish
SS-304 Seahorse   SS-334 Cabezon   SS-382 Picuda   SS-412 Trepang
SS-305 Skate   SS-335 Dentuda   SS-383 Pampanito   SS-413 Spot
SS-306 Tang   SS-336 Capitaine   SS-384 Parche   SS-414 Springer
SS-307 Tilefish   SS-337 Carbonero   SS-385 Bang   SS-415 Stickleback
SS-308 Apogon   SS-338 Carp   SS-386 Pilotfish   SS-416 Tiru
SS-309 Aspro   SS-339 Catfish   SS-387 Pintado      
SS-310 Batfish   SS-340 Entemedor   SS-388 Pipefish      
SS-311 Archer-Fish   SS-341 Chivo   SS-389 Piranha      
SS-312 Burrfish   SS-342 Chopper   SS-390 Plaice      
SS-313 Perch   SS-343 Clamagore   SS-391 Pomfret      
SS-314 Shark   SS-345 Cochino   SS-392 Sterlet      
SS-315 Sealion   SS-361 Golet   SS-393 Queenfish      


We offer our Gato Class Submarine Models in several poplular 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 24 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.

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Balao Class Submarine Models


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