This huge World War 2 model submarine kit is usually around £60 - £70 at other shops, so this is undoubtedly a bargain for any model enthusiasts out there.
It's a 1/72 scale kit, so it's 132cm long when built and has 266 parts. Skill level is 5/5, although I've heard it's relatively easy to make. I'm not entirely sure where I'm going to put it, but I'm looking forward to building mine!
Delivery is free if you spend more than £50.
The submarines of the Gato Class were large fleet submarines that had been specially developed for use in the wide expanses of the Pacific Ocean. Due to their size and equipment they could remain in non-stop service for 75 days. Between 1940 and 1944, 77 Gatos were build at four different shipyards. Together with the Balao and the Trench Class they formed the backbone of the US submarine fleet. Most of these subs went to the Pacific, but a few were also used in the Atlantic. These submarines were extremely successful. Not only did they sink a large number of irreplaceable freighters and tankers, but they also decimated the Imperial naval fleet. The most grievous losses were the aircraft carriers Shokaku, Taiyo, Unyo and Taiho. Developed for use in the expanses of the Pacific, the Gato was much larger than for example the German type VII submarine. It had a length of 95 m, a beam of 8.20 m and a draught of 4.60 m. Its displacement was 1825 tons surfaced and 2410 tons dived. The diesel engine gave it a speed of 20.75 knots on the surface.