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Submarine Models

 

FX Models offers several classes of submarine models in a number of scales that are pre-finished with bases and in the higher end versions, covered with acrylic cases. Click below on any of the images or links to go see details of each submarine class. 
     

1/350 Ohio

1/350 688i

 

1/72 USS Dolphin (AGSS-555)

1/72 NR-1 Submarine Model [available as a kit or finished!]

1/192 USS Dolphin (AGSS-555)

1/192 688i (Los Angeles Class Improved)

1/192 SSN 571 Nautilus

1/192 Seawolf Class submarine (SSN21-22)

1/192 Virginia Class submarine

1/192 George Washington Class

1/192 Lafayette Class

1/192 Ohio Class

1/300 Ohio (re-mastered and back in production!)
 
1/72 Scale Models

The AGSS-555 Dolphin is an impressive submarine. This submarine has been used since its launch as a test platform for most of the currently used technologies that have propelled the United States to the forefront of Naval Superiority. This, the deepest diving deisel submarine, provided a wealth ofinformation to developers of technologies that allowed its eventual integration into our active duty fleets. FX Models is proud to offer the most detailed, highest quality USS Dolphin available in the world. To see the options for model purchase, see below. If you wish to see how we made the model, Click HERE.

1/72 Scale USS Dolphin

This is the larger of our two USS Dolphins, at 28" long [1/72 scale/] and is a result of a very detailed survey of the actual submarine. We were contracted by the Navy to create a highly accurate set of models in two scales, and visited Dolphin in drydock to take as many pictures as we had flash drives and were also provided many photos and plans. The result was a very highly accurate Dolphin right down to the actual rivet patterns and rivet counts. As with our other models, the FX Models USS Dolphin exemplifies the look and feel of the real boat. Now that she has been decommissioned, our Dolphin model is to be used in the US Government archives as "the" representative model of the boat. The smaller model [see 1/192 scale models] carries nearly the same level of detail as the larger! This model is mounted as our 1/192 scale models [see below] and is treated similarly for options.

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The second entry in our 72nd scale offerings is the FX Models NR-1. Hands down it is the finest model in the world of this submarine. The NR-1 has been plying the waters for nearly 45 years and has been updated and maintained as one of the Navy's top covert ops submarines. Popularized by the book "Dark Waters", and hidden from public view in its day by Admiral Hymen Rickover, the NR-1 has done more to set milestones of achievement in the undersea realm than any other submarine in history. Most responses that you might get from questions to former crewmen would be "If you only knew...".

1/72 Scale NR-1 Submarine Model

This model kit of the formerly super-secret NR-1 (Naval Reactors - 1) submarine is accurate to the last rivet. While all of the information contained on the model has been cleared for Public Domain viewing, the model is still far and away the ONLY accurate version of this submarine on the planet. Engineers can literally see the panel lines they designed on the casing, and shipyard workers recognize holes that they drilled! There are almost 100 parts to the model, it is updated to its 2003 refit, includes a beautiful etched brass sheet of details created from our CAD drawings of the boat, and a large assembly manual with color imagery of the model for reference.

Available as a KIT or FINISHED model

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1/192 Scale Models

Our newest and soon to be most complete line of submarines features this lovely display model of the United States' first Nuclear Submarine! All of the models in this scale are solid Resin cast hulls that come on a solid hardwood (Oak) base with a laser engraved brass plaque of vital ship statistics, large felt feet on the base and beautifully made thermoformed (no unsightly seam lines) clear acrylic cover.

 

1/192 Scale USS Dolphin Submarine Model

 

This is the smaller of our two Dolphin models that we offer, faithfully recreated in 1/192 scale. As with its larger version (see above), this model is exquisitely detailed in spite of being only around 10" long!

 

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1/192 Scale 688-i Submarine Model

 

This 688-i (Los Angeles Class Improved) carries an immense amount of detailing, all laser engraved on all sides of the original master pattern. Accuracy was ensured by creating a complete bow to stern photo-series of the actual boats at a local US Submarine Base. Finished models are painted the ruddy anti-foul and black to museum quality standards and detail is accentuated with a final rubbing out of the paint finish to give the boat a true metallic look in those areas that are metallic. Non skid deck areas are de-accentuated properly.

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1/192 Scale USS NAUTILUS SSN 571

 

FX Models was contracted to create models for special donors to the Submarine Force Library and Museum in New London Connecticut. This rendering of the USS NAUTILUS shows her as she was in her later years, and utilizes a characteristic paint scheme that she carried at one time. The model carries an immense amount of detailing, all laser engraved on all sides of the original master pattern. Accuracy was ensured by creating a complete bow to stern photo-series of the actual boat at the Submarine Force Museum and Historic Ship NAUTILUS .
Each finished model of USS NAUTILUS is painted in the ruddy anti-foul and gray to museum quality standards and detail is accentuated with a final rubbing out of the paint finish to give the boat a true metallic look in those areas that are metallic. The twin propellers are brass colored cast metal. The wooden deck areas are de-accentuated properly. This model of the United States' first Nuclear Submarine is a sight to behold. (Models can be painted in any color scheme desired and are not limited to those shown here)

 

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1/192 Scale Seawolf SSN21-22

The Seawolf Class model  is about 23 inches long. The model carries an immense amount of detailing.  Accuracy was ensured by creating a complete bow to stern photo-series of the first two actual boats of the class at a local US Submarine Base. Finished models are painted the ruddy anti-foul and black to museum quality standards and detail is accentuated with a final rubbing out of the paint finish to give the boat a true metallic look in those areas that are metallic. Non skid deck areas are de-accentuated properly.

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1/192 Scale Virginia Class Submarine

The latest attack submarine of the United States Navy, the Virginia class submarine, is an exquisitely detailed model that came out of our long term involvement in the Virginia Submarine program. The model is nearly 24" long and over 2" in diameter. Nearly every external detail found on the real boat, can also be found on the model. The model shown here is not a perfect representative of the offering but is the only one we photographed! Silly us. We move too fast. The model can be finished in any manner desired, and can have sail numbers for the representative boats of the class.

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1/192 Scale George Washington Class SSBN598

An accurate 23" reproduction of the first ballistic missile submarine (FBM), the George Washington was the precursor to a long lineage of future SSBN submarines, culminating with the Ohio class Ballistic Missile Submarine. SSBN 598 was the only missile submarine available during the Cuban Missile crisis and played a role in defusing the aggressive behaviour patterns of the Russian and Cuban governments. Neither government could predict from whence a deadly rain of missiles might fall upon them.

Creating the George Washington model was done under contract request by a Nuclear Laboratory and was tricky since there is not a whole lot of information about the submarine available including the submarine itself, which was disposed of many years ago. The research staff of FX Models searched Submarine Museum archives and retrieved photographs, histories, and other information that allowed us to create an accurate representation of the George Washington. The pictures on this page show just a few images of the making of the master model. Once the master was completed, the molds were created for reproducing the model.

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1/192 Scale Lafayette Class SSBN

The Lafayette class boats were a mainstay in the US SSBN Fleet for a number of years. This extremely accurate 26" long scale model of a representative of the class (Sam Rayburn) was commissioned by an individual who served on board the boat, for members of the reunion group. Our Research Associate Paul Gonsalves exhaustively researched the boat, providing over 35 pages of plans, details, manufacturer's photos of components, and exterior detail itemizations, as is typical of our research staff. With slight modifications, this can also be made into a Ben Franklin class boat.

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1/192 Scale Ohio Class SSBN

The Ohio Class submarine is the element to the balance of power in the world that is the wild card. Stealthy and silently probing the depths, its job is to remain undetected until it is too late. Keeping the peace since the launch of the first Ohio class namesake in 1979, these submarines carry a large amount of detail.

These 36" models faithfully reproduce the fine detail found on the Ohio Class Submarine from the ballast vents to the little gratings within each of the 24 missile hatches. Each model is a hollow rotocast hull, with a large Brass colored metal propeller, all mounted on a large Oak base with clear cover.

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1/300 Scale Model
   

 

1/300 Scale Ohio Class SSBN

Originally created as part of an Admiralty project, this model is the precursor to the 1/192 scale model above and is back by popular demand. This model carries a lot more detail than the 1/350 scale model but is not quite as detailed as the 1/192 scale model. The non-skid deck is appropriately accentuated on the finished model although the images of this model shown here do not illustrate it. This model is finished in any desired finish, or one of our standard finishes and comes with an acrylic cover.

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1/350 Scale Models

Accurate 1/350 scale reproductions of the Los Angeles and Ohio Class submarines, these models come with a laser engraved metal specification plate mounted on the base, a brass colored metal propeller, and hand finished Oak base. The models are mounted to the oak base using shiny brass posts and make an attractive entry level display model. 

Note that each boat's level of detail is entry-level. The Ohio class shows all hatches and missile hatches, with mast exit details. The 688-i shows the three hatches and towed array housing of course. For more detailed models, please refer to our 1/192 scale model offerings which show higher levels of detail.

Each model is painted in the "As Delivered" colors to the Navy which means Red Oxide at the midline and below and Black above. They can be delivered in gloss or non-gloss finish. The desktop 688 and Ohio project is a limited edition that was originally done for the members of Congress of the United States.

   

 

Los Angeles Class Flight I / II and III

(Flight III pictured)

The 688-i Nuclear Attack Submarine model measures in at 14 inches long with a slightly longer Oak base, small brass colored propeller, and an all urethane resin cast structure. 

Note that the 688i in this scale IS available in a Flight I (early 688) and Flight II configurations by request

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1/350 Scale Ohio Class Submarine

The Ohio class boat measures in at just over 19 inches long, and has engraved missile hatches, crew hatches and sail mast exits. Like the 688-i, it is on a slightly longer base, has the brass colored metal propeller and is an all urethane resin structure.

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