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The 73 Gato class submarines were built between September 1940 and March 1944 and formed the bulk of the United States Navy's World War II submarine fleet. The Gato class design was a near duplicate of the preceding Tambor (Gar) class boats. The only significant difference was five feet in length added to the engine room section to allow the addition of a watertight bulkhead, dividing the one large engine room in two, with two diesel generator sets in each room. The Gato-class boats were considered "Fleet Submarines" - intended to operate as adjuncts to the main battle fleet. They were to scout out ahead of the fleet and report on the enemy fleet's composition, speed, and course, then attack the enemy in preparation for the main fleet action. There were four significant modifications to the Gato class, along with point color changes. As a result, rarely did any two Gato class subs look alike at the wars’ end.

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
SS-212 Gato   SS-236 Silversides   SS-261 Mingo
SS-213 Greenling   SS-237 Trigger   SS-262 Muskellunge
SS-214 Grouper   SS-238 Wahoo   SS-263 Paddle
SS-215 Growler   SS-239 Whale   SS-264 Pargo
SS-216 Grunion   SS-240 Angler   SS-265 Peto
SS-217 Guardfish   SS-241 Bashaw   SS-266 Pogy
SS-218 Albacore   SS-242 Bluegill   SS-267 Pompon
SS-219 Amberjack   SS-243 Bream   SS-268 Puffer
SS-220 Barb   SS-244 Cavalla   SS-269 Rasher
SS-221 Blackfish   SS-245 Cobia   SS-270 Raton
SS-222 Bluefish   SS-246 Croaker   SS-271 Ray
SS-223 Bonefish   SS-247 Dace   SS-272 Redfin
SS-224 Cod   SS-248 Dorado   SS-273 Robalo
SS-225 Cero   SS-249 Flasher   SS-274 Rock
SS-226 Corvina   SS-250 Flier   SS-275 Runner
SS-227 Darter   SS-251 Flounder   SS-276 Sawfish
SS-228 Drum   SS-252 Gabilan   SS-277 Scamp
SS-229 Flying Fish   SS-253 Gunnel   SS-278 Scorpion
SS-230 Finback   SS-254 Gurnard   SS-279 Snook
SS-231 Haddock   SS-255 Haddo   SS-280 Steelhead
SS-232 Halibut   SS-256 Hake   SS-281 Sunfish
SS-233 Herring   SS-257 Harder   SS-282 Tunny
SS-234 Kingfish   SS-258 Hoe   SS-283 Tinosa
SS-235 Shad   SS-259 Jack   SS-284 Tullibee
      SS-260 Lapon      

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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Gato Class Submarine Models


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