Fake Carrier - needs a model

Discussion in 'Ship & Watercraft Models' started by Stev0, Feb 12, 2008.

  1. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

    Ohiomike got me thinking with his new/old age destroyer thread.

    I'd like to see a Sub/Carrier. Where you have the surprise of a portable airfield all of a sudden appear out of nowhere.

    I'm not sure what the operational parameters of a carrier and the readiness of a sub at surface. But it is interesting.


    CVN-89 Saratoga class Nuclear Stealth Carrier

    *just a side not the carrier in this subject is from a role playing game but one has to wonder how far off it is.
  2. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    The game "Supreme Commander" has submarine carriers, and the last time I played it I was pretty impressed at how many planes I could fit inside one before sneaking it into an enemy harbour :D

    Some of the game models might make for some decent cardmodels, who knows.
  3. Getter1

    Getter1 Active Member

    Did you know that in WW2 the Japanese actually built an submarine carrier? It looked like a regular sub only huge, but it only carried 3 planes (I believe that's how many). I can't rember what it was called but they sure were neat.


    ARMORMAN Guest

    I remember seeing some mockups of such a craft that the U.S. Military was toying with.
  5. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

    Makes you wonder if they can do it. Of course the idea of a flight deck and elevators that are sealable to water pressures that a sub would recieve would get in the way of a large design.
  6. archangel1

    archangel1 Member

    That was the I-400 series of boats. They only built 3 of them. They were 400' long and were to carry 3 Aichi E14Y Seiran floatplanes. The I-400 and I-401 were originally going to be used in an attack on the Panama Canal but were rescheduled to attack the Allied Fleet buildup at Ulithi Atoll. The war ended before any operations could be carried out.

    Mike :wave:
  7. Getter1

    Getter1 Active Member

    Yeah that's the one :) I saw a Discovery special on it a while back.

    Gremir sells a card model of the Seiran. Beautiful plane.

  8. Lex

    Lex Dollmaker

    Anyway I'd rather see the I-400 modeled... :D
  9. OhioMike

    OhioMike Member

    There was a neat RC model in "Scale ship modeler" years ago of this very type of thing. I'll see if i can dig it up.Basically it used water jets for propulsion like the theory in the movie, "Hunt for red october". Flight deck aft for launching Harriers. Hey theres the basis for a model right there.


    I'm not sure, but I have it in the back of my head that the Japanese firebombed some Calafornia forests with a sub launched float plane.
  11. Rick Thomson

    Rick Thomson Member

  12. Stev0

    Stev0 Active Member

    ok ... i think we are getting off subject ...

    ARMORMAN Guest

    yeah....I've got that sinking feeling myself.....
  14. sjsquirrel

    sjsquirrel Member

    Hmmmm Very interesting.....


    This is a very interesting item. Why don't you see what other reference material you can come up with, and maybe one of us designers can have a go at it.


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