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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Lyre




Here are some images of Dragon models 1/350 scale Soviet Alpha Class submarine.
From Wikipedia " The Soviet Union/Russian Navy Project 705 (Лира/Lira, "Lyre") was a submarine class of hunter/killer nuclear powered vessels (abbreviated PLA: Podvodnaya lodka atomnaya, nuclear submarine). The class is also known by the NATO reporting name of Alfa. They were the fastest and deepest diving class of military submarines built, with only the prototype K-278 Komsomolets (NATO "Mike" class) exceeding in crush depth and the prototype K-222 (NATO "Papa" class) exceeding in submerged speed.
Production started in 1974 as Project 705 with construction at both the Admiralty yard, Leningrad and at Sevmashpredpriyatiye (SEVMASH - Northern Machinebuilding Enterprise), Severodvinsk. The lead unit was a Project 705 design and all subsequent were 705K. The first vessel was commissioned in 1971.
Project 705 boats were intended to be an experimental platform themselves, to test all innovations and rectify their faults, that would afterwards found a new generation of submarines. This highly experimental nature mostly predetermined their future.[citation needed]
In 1981, with the completion of the seventh vessel, production ended. All vessels were assigned to the Northern Fleet.

6 comments:

Toyin O. said...

Very nice.

Warren Zoell said...

Thank you Toyin O.

Pablo J. Álvarez said...

Good work.

Warren Zoell said...

Thanks Pablo.

Hanny said...

Great build! I made a few model subs when I was younger (including an Alfa,) and was always interested in the Russian way of designing their boats. Smooth lines, like a marine mammal, less reactor shielding for increased speed and titanium hulls, which, while stronger, don't flex back as much after deep dives like steel hulls, and therefore have a shorter service life than US boats. I was privileged about 9 years ago to take a 6-hour dive on the USS Alabama during some trials. An experience which I will never forget!

Warren Zoell said...

Hanny - Wow that must have been quite an experience.