Despite being a replacement for many types of SSBNs, Borei-class submarines are much smaller than those of the Typhoon class in both volume and crew (24,000 tons opposed to 48,000 tons and 107 personnel as opposed to 160 for the Typhoons). In terms of class, they are more accurately a follow-on for the Delta IV-class SSBNs.
I’ve made this model both for display purposes and for R/C enhusiasts. There are two separate file packs for each purpose. Display model is approximately 21cms long to fit most 3d printers. Surely it can be enlarged as you wish if you have a large enought printer. The RC model consists of a shell and dive-rudder planes. It is approximately 1 meters long and has 1mm thickness.
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Because her nuclear propulsion allowed her to remain submerged far longer than diesel-electric submarines, she broke many records in her first years of operation and traveled to locations previously beyond the limits of submarines. In operation, she revealed a number of limitations in her design and construction. This information was used to improve subsequent submarines.
This is a 3d printable model of the well known NR-1. The details are as faithful to the real thing as much as 3d printing requirements allow. The model details are improved for enabling an easier printing with minimal supports. There is also a 1meter hull available for R/C model builders.
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The Paltus-class submarine is a Russian special purpose mini-submarine of project 1851.1. Two boats were completed – AS-21 and AS-35 as a follow up of the single “X-Ray”-class boat AS-23 (Project 1851).
The surface displacement is approximately 300 tons with a length of 98 feet (30 m). The propulsion comes from nuclear power with the operating depth in excess of 3,800 feet (1,200 m). The designer, according to Polmar was Sergei Bavilin who had designed the earlier diesel electric Project 865/Piranya small submarine of similar dimensions
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German engineers were able to create a number of interesting mini-submarine projects. One of them was a kind of crossing a submarine with a tank. This very interesting example was the ultra-small amphibious submarine “Seeteufel” (translated from German as “monkfish”) with a caterpillar mover. This boat was intended both for independent carrying out torpedo attacks and for delivering small groups of swimmers-saboteurs to the target of the attack.
Seeteufel was a rather unusual, even amazing, development. This “pocket” submarine was supposed to feel at home on the water surface, under water, and on land. This combat apparatus, as if descended from the pages of books by the famous science fiction writer Jules Verne. This boat attracted special attention and sympathy from the sabotage detachment “K” specially created in the German fleet. Members of this squad are accustomed to evaluate military equipment from the point of view of its combat use behind the front line of the enemy, so they could not but like this machine.
Turtle (also called American Turtle) was the world’s first submersible vessel with a documented record of use in combat. It was built in 1775 by American David Bushnell as a means of attaching explosive charges to ships in a harbor, for use against Royal Navy vessels occupying American harbors during the American Revolutionary War. More on Wikipedia.
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The SP-350 Denise, famous as the “Diving saucer” (Soucoupe plongeante), is a small submarine designed to hold two people, and is capable of exploring depths of up to 400 metres (1,300 ft). It was invented by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and engineer Jean Mollard at the French Centre for Undersea Research. It was built in the year 1959 and usually operated from Cousteau’s ship, the Calypso. More on Wikipedia.
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The Type 209 is a class of diesel-electricattack submarine developed exclusively for export by Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft of Germany. The original variant (Type 209/1100) was designed in the late 1960s. The class is exclusively designed for export market. Despite not being operated by the German Navy, five variants of the class (209/1100, 209/1200, 209/1300, 209/1400 and 209/1500) have been successfully exported to 13 countries, with 61 submarines being built and commissioned between 1971 and 2008. More on wikipedia.
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The Gotland-class submarines of the Swedish Navy are modern diesel-electric submarines, which were designed and built by the Kockumsshipyard in Sweden. They are the first submarines in the world to feature a Stirling engineair-independent propulsion (AIP) system, which extends their underwater endurance from a few days to weeks. This capability had previously only been available with nuclear-powered submarines. Read More on Wikipedia.
I modeled the sub to be easily printable. Also made the newer swedish sub A26 with its distinctive sail design.