Massive Oscar-I Class submarines were first employed in 1982. Later, the Oscar-I submarine would evolve into the even more massive Oscar-II Class, with an awesome displacement tonnage of 18,300 tons and total length of 154 meters. Despite their gargantuan size, Oscar-II Class submarines were capable of high-maneuverability and silenced movement. In January 1995 the 10th submarine of the Oscar-II series, the K.141 Kursk, went into commission with Russia's Northern Fleet and was assigned to defend the country's northern borders. Like other Oscar-II Class nuclear submarines the Kursk had two-layer construction consisting of an 8.5 diameter pressure-resistant inner hull as well as an external hull. The approximately 3.5meter space between these two hull layers housed twelve 550km-range SS-N-19 anti-ship cruise missile launch tubes on each side. To accommodate these missile launchers the 154m-long Kursk was built extra-wide, and this behemoth of a nuclear submarine became known for its total girth of 18.2meters. The Kursk sank five years later on August 12th, 2000. This incident would mark the most tragic episode in all of Russian submarine history. At 11:30 am, 140km off the naval port of Severomorsk (Northern Fleet Headquarters), an explosion of unknown cause sent the Kursk 100m underwater to the bottom of the Barents Sea. Despite efforts of the Russian Navy, as well as British and Norwegian rescue crews, the 118 men on-board, including the captain, could not be saved.
Three sets of decals included
In addition to the Kursk (K-141), kit also includes markings for two other Oscar II class submarines- the 9th Oscar II, the Omsk (K-186), as well as the 11th Oscar II, the Tomsk (K-512).
Ideal for diorama design
The Kursk model is ideal for using in dioramas. With this model you can enjoy creating awesome scenes. (Photo features sample diorama)
About the model
*Tamiya presents a model kit for the Oscar II class Guided-Missile Nuclear Submarine, the Kursk.
*1/700 scale, total length: 205mm, total width: 26mm.
*The Oscar II class nuclear submarine's special features and powerful form are all reproduced faithfully and with full detail. *Characteristically wide girth authentically replicated.
*Model features authentic replication of sound dampening tile, cruise missile launchers, torpedo launching tubes, and water drainage slits.
*The periscope and radar antenna may be modeled in "in-use" or "stowed" positions.
*Eagle emblem on forward side of conning tower replicated as decal