Russian Kilo Class sub in 1/72 scale!

The Kilo class is the NATO reporting name for a military diesel-electric submarine that is made in Russia. The original version of the vessels were designated Project 877 Paltus (Turbot) in Russia. There is also a more advanced version, designated as Improved Kilo in the west, and Project 636 Varshavyanka in Russia. The Kilo will be succeeded by the Lada class submarine, which began sea trials in 2005.
General characteristics
Displacement: Surfaced: 2,300-2,350 tons
Submerged:3,000-4,000 tons full load
Length: 70.0-74.0 meters
Draft: 6.5 m
Depth of hold: Operational: 240 meters
Maximum: 300 meters
Installed power: Diesel-electric
Propulsion: Diesel-electric propulsion
2 x 1000 kW Diesel generators
1 x 5,500-6,800 shp Propulsion motor
1 x fixed-pitch Propeller
Speed: Surfaced: 10-12 knots
Submerged: 17-25 knots
Range: With snorkel: 6,000-7,500 miles at 7 knots
Submerged: 400 miles at 3 knots
Full run: 12.7 miles at 21 knots
Endurance: 45 days
Test depth: 300 m
Complement: 52
Armament: 6/553 mm torpedo tubes
18 torpedoes
24 mines
8 SA-N-8 Gremlin or 8 SA-N-10 Gimlet Surface-to-air missiles (export submarines may not be equipped with air defense weapons)

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March 9, 2011

I just received this project yesterday, purchased from a fellow SubCommittee member out of Canada.

This is the RPM Kilo kit, and the details in the hull are amazing. The previous owner has done a commendable job getting it started, and I am particularly impressed with the WTC. The ballast system is composed of twin piston tanks that are filled and emptied by two water pumps. A mixer allows individual control over the tanks and should (in theory) allow for very good trim control.

The fiberglass hull is paper thin, however, and will require a lot of reinforcement, particularly at the edges where the hull halves join.

I'm looking forward to playing with this more!

Stay tuned for updates and enjoy these photos in the meantime!


February 27, 2014

This boat has found its way to a new owner!