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johndora

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Gato Class Aft Torpedo Tubes
« on: May 13, 2023, 01:56:25 pm »

Question. Did Gato class submarines all have / some have external aft torpedo tube doors, faired in to the external hull shape, outside the circular tube doors? See the pic below of USS Pampanito (source: maritime.org. The Revell 1/72 kit has a bulkhead with detail of the circular hatches, which I would like to remove to allow a tiller to be fitted for RC. I do have a Plan B involving gears but removal of the bulkhead and adding external doors would make life easier!

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Re: Gato Class Aft Torpedo Tubes
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2023, 10:03:46 pm »

Many did not have the aft torpedo doors installed. Some started with them, but in subsequent modifications they were removed. So, I would say go for it!

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