Balao Class Submarine Models

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Example model photo shown with optional Acrylic cover. 

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


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 16-20 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.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee: In the unlikely event you are not completely satisfied with your model and wish to return it, notify us within 7 days of the model delivery and we will issue a refund or exchange.

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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