FLOOD VENT TEMPLATES!
The Trumpeter Gato kits lack one of the most important features for any
submarine: The free flood openings and the flood vents found along the bottom of
the boat. Without these features, the boat would be little more than a low
riding destroyer. These templates are designed to be used along the bottom of
the hull (the keel) and are located in the following positions. Please note that
not all sheets will have all of the numbers indicated, due to the different
Side View of Location
This drawing is of the bottom of the kit and shows the weld lines on the
hull. The numbers indicate which panel of the template goes into a given area.
All of the panels are to be placed centered on the keel.
72-701 Gato/Balao Class Flood Templates
This set is designed for the majority of the boats. This pattern was used on
the later Gato class and all of the Balao class units. It is designed to be
applied between the weld lines present on kit hull and includes the free flood
openings, flood vents, fuel tank manhole covers and sonar openings.
I have found a reference which suggests some of the very late units of the 1940-41 contracts were completed with the improved
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