Introducing our latest model

The British Royal Navy

X Craft WWII Midget Submarine

in 1:15 Scale

Some Xcraft photos

X Craft Plan

Known individually as X-Craft, the vessels were designed to be towed to their intended area of operations by a full-size 'mother' submarine - (usually one of the T class or S class) - with a passage crew on board, the operational crew being transferred from the towing submarine to the X-Craft by dinghy when the operational area was reached, the passage crew returning with the dinghy to the towing submarine. Once the attack was over, the X-Craft would rendezvous with the towing submarine and then be towed home. Range was limited primarily by the endurance and determination of their crews, but was thought to be up to 14 days in the craft or 1,500 miles (2,400 km) distance after suitable training. Actual range of the X-Craft itself was 500 nmi (926 km) surfaced and 82 nmi (152 km) at 2 knots submerged.

The X class submarines' weapons were two side-cargoes - explosive charges each held on opposite sides of the hull with two tons of explosive (amatol) each. The intention was to drop these on the sea bed underneath the target then creep away. The charges were set off by a time fuse.

Displacement: 27 tons surfaced
30 tons submerged
Length: 51.25 ft (15.62 m)
Beam: 5.75 ft (1.75 m)
Draught: 5.3 ft (1.60 m)
Propulsion: Single shaft

 

One Gardner 4-cyl diesel engine 42 hp (31.3 KW) @1800 rpm
One Keith Blackman electric motor 30 hp (22.3 kW) @1650 rpm
Speed: 6.5 knots (12.0 km/h) surfaced

5.5 knots (10.1 km/h) submerged
Range: 500 nmi (926 km) surfaced
82 nmi (151.8 km) @2 knots (4 km/h) submerged
Complement: 4
Armament: Two 4,400 lb detachable explosive charges
Diving depth: 300 ft (91.5 m)

The Kit comprises: GRP Hull. Casing. A Set of rudders/vanes. Set of Plans. Instructions

Hull Cost $550.00

D&E Sub-driver 3.5X $535.00

Fittings Kit being developed by D&E miniatures