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Finish Photos of Revell's 1/72 Scale U.S.S. Cobia (SS245) US Navy WWII Submarine

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Fellow modelers,


Below are photos of my Revell 1/72 scale Gato Class U.S.S. Cobia (SS-245) WWII U.S. Navy Submarine.  Cobia was laid down and built by Electric Boat Company in Groton, CT.  She was launched on November 28, 1943 and commissioned on March 29, 1944.  During WWII Cobia conducted six war patrols.  Four were considered “successful” and earned battle stars.  She is credited with sinking a total of 16,835 tons of shipping.  During the war only one Cobia crew member was killed due to enemy action.


Cobia was placed in reserve in May 1946, but recommissioned in July 1951 as a training vessel.  She was placed in reserve again in March 1954.  In December 1962, she was redesignated an Auxiliary Submarine (AGSS-245), and served as a training platform.  In July 1970, Cobia was struck from the Naval Register and towed to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to serve as an international memorial to submariners.  In 1986, she was declared a National Historic Landmark.  Cobia is permanently docked at the mouth of the Manitowoc River.

I built this model in 2008.  Listed below are the modifications/additions that were made:

>An Eduard photo-etched detail set was used-

>Fishing line was used for the rigging details-

>Small insulated wiring was used as piping connections on the tower assembly-


Revell based their kit on the real Cobia, now on permanent display.  I built it as the Cobia to avoid the major modifications that might be required to accurately portray another boat.  The model was finished in Camouflage Measure 32/9SS, issued for submarines by the U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships in June 1944.  It called for everything below the waterline to be flat black.  Above the waterline an extensive blending and counter shading of various flat grays on the vertical surfaces was used, with flat black on all of the horizontal surfaces and the aft end of the boat.  This camouflage was very effective for surface operations, at night and on overcast days.  I took care to make sure the demarcation line between each color was feathered and had an irregular pattern.  After the painting was complete, random rust stains were applied with pastel dust.  This included the top of the hull, except the middle section where teak wood was located.  Paint brushes and Q-tips were used to create different kinds of rust streak and stain patterns.  Interestingly, Revell included a broom as part of the antenna section.  Brooms were sometimes mounted on top of the periscope tower by submarines returning from a patrol that was considered a successful “sweep”.  This was great kit to build and is still one of my favorites.  I hope you enjoy the photos.





















































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Arthur_Dent/Bertie Psmith-Thanks for the compliments.


Bertie Psmith-The overall length is a wopping 52"!  It is the largest ship model I have in my collection.  The large size made construction and painting a challenge at times.   





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Awesome build!  Great detail and I love the weathering effects that you added.  I live 30 mins from the museum where the USS Cobia is displayed (in Manitowoc Wisconsin USA) and I have seen her at the dock.  The museum runs a program where you can actually stay onboard overnight. Well done, sir.

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Steve27752-The late war Gato/Balao boats (with the fairwater cut down and deck guns added) are my favorites too.  Thanks for the compliment.



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Exceptional build of this great subject! I’ve also always liked the look of the late war Gato boats and you’ve certainly done the Cobia justice.


Cheers,  Tom

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