Chinese 33 Submarine Model

This Chinese submarine came from the Russian Romeo class submarines, and was later developed in the Jiangnan Shipyard by the Chinese. They added some modifications of their own and eventually the Type 33 submarines were introduced to the People’s Republic Army in 1965. The Soviet’s diesel-electric submarine was patterned from the great U-boats of the German Navy. The first submarine class made by the Russians that were based on the German U-boats were the Zulu and Whiskey class submarines. Romeo class submarine was the result of the upgrade of this submarine class. The Chinese have 84 type 33 (Romeo class) submarines in their Navy, however only 31 are now left for training use. Other countries were also recipients of some of the Romeo-class submarines of Russia, either by acquisition or by modification. The other operators of the Romeo class submarines are Bulgaria – operates one of the last of the Romeo class thru importation from Russia, Syria – also imported this submarines from Russia but are now decommissioned, Egypt – has five Romeo class submarines that were upgraded from the Chinese designs, Algeria, and Myanmar.

When the Sino-Soviet Agreement was created, the Soviet Union supplied China with five different types of submarines. As the years pass by however, the relationship of the two countries changed, and the Chinese were only able to copy and modify one of Russia’s submarine without any assistance from them. One improvement that the Chinese made over the Russian Romeo class was reduction of the engine sound of up to 20 decibels making the type 33 quieter in traveling underwater. The sonar on board the submarine was also replaced with the Chinese Type 105 sonar. A well crafted submarine model of the Chinese 33 submarine was created by the Trumpeter Models, a company which is famous for their quality ship models.

The model package requires good assembling skills. It is recommended that one should be at least 12 years old to handle this submarine model. The glue and paint which is used for the completion of the submarine model can be bought separately. The model kit which comes with a display stand, has a scale of 1:144 and is 20 inches long.

The Chinese Model 33 Submarine is a ship model that has a naval history that started from the Romeo class subs of Russia and has it’s share of significance in world naval history. As an enthusiast, owning the type 33 is a must have since the model covers a trend in Chinese naval history that is still unfolding as China expands and modernizes their naval fleet.

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