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This is the French cruiser submarine 'Surcouf'

She  became part of the Free French Navy. Here is the Wiki history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_submarine_Surcouf

That isn't accurate though as in 1980 , I met one of her crew who had settled in Sandbank after marrying a local girl. The only reason he ended up there was because his boat was in the Holy Loch.No mention of that in the history.

He wasn't on the last sailing because he was in Dunoon cottage hospital having his appendix out.






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1 hour ago, Gorby said:

wasn't aware there was such a thing as a cruiser sub.

The French took advantage of the submarine omissions within the 1922 Washington Naval Treaty which limited the production of BattleCruisers, Battleships and Aircraft Carriers by planning for three underwater cruisers. These so called corsair submarines where designed to engage ships in both surface and sub-surface combat. Of the three planned submarines, France completed only one, the Surcouf, then the largest submarine in the world. She was armed with eight fore 550mm (22”) and four aft 400mm (16”) torpedo tubes. For surface combat, she was armed with twin 203mm/50 Modele 1924 guns, fitted within a pressure tight turret forward of the conning tower. The turret’s director had a 5m (16’) rangefinder with the capacity to view targets 11km (6.8mi) away. The guns 39km (24mi) range could be achieved with use of the Besson MB.411 observation plane. The reconnaissance float plane was stored in the hangar built aft of the conning tower. The Surcouf carried sufficient fuel for 20,000km (10,000 nautical mile) and supplies for 90 days.

I didn't know there was a kit of it. I see the Hobby Boss one can be bought for £15 ..just saying :evil:


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9 hours ago, RWG686 said:

To fight oil fires after the 1991 Gulf War the Hungarians put two Mig 21 engines on a T 34 tank.

It was called 'Big Wind'

Amazing vehicle. An American on Scalemates built one in 1/35 a couple of years ago:

711974-42037-43-1440.jpg   https://www.scalemates.com/profiles/mate.php?id=42037&p=albums&album=54645&i=17#17

And this shows it in action:


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8 hours ago, RWG686 said:


I remember reading about that a while back. Apparently it was successful but they decided that there was no point to a 200mph train if it had to share the track with slow moving freight trains.

That Char 2 is enormous! 

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