Gato Class Submarine Models

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

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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