Showcase Models 1/350 HMAS Collins Plastic Model Kit *Aus Decals* Item No.: ANN001




20 parts in grey plastic and five parts in clear; one photo-etched parts; markings for all six Collins Class Submarines.

About the Collins Class:

The Collins class is a class of six Australian-built diesel-electric submarines operated by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The Collins class takes its name from Australian Vice Admiral John Augustine Collins; all six submarines are named after significant RAN personnel who distinguished themselves in action during World War II. The boats were the first submarines to be constructed in Australia, prompting widespread improvements in Australian industry.

Planning for a new class to replace the RAN’s Oberon-class submarines began in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Proposals were received from seven companies; two were selected for a funded study to determine the winning design, which was announced in mid-1987. The submarines, an enlarged version of Swedish shipbuilder Kockums’ Västergötland class and originally referred to as the Type 471, were constructed between 1990 and 2003 in South Australia by the Australian Submarine Corporation (ASC).

The submarines have been the subject of incidents and technical problems since the design phase, including accusations of foul play and bias during the design selection, improper handling of design changes during construction, major capability deficiencies in the first submarines, and ongoing technical problems throughout the early life of the class. These problems have been compounded by the inability of the RAN to retain sufficient personnel to operate the submarines – by 2008, only three could be manned, and from 2009 onwards, on average two or fewer were fully operational. The resulting negative press has led to a poor public perception of the Collins class.

It is expected that the Collins class will remain in service until the 2020s.


Approximate model Length 22cm

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HMAS Collins Submarine Model Kit

Scale 1/350

Showcase Models

Item Type: Model Kit
Material: Plastic
Product Code: ANN001
Colour: Grey
Theme: Naval Ships
No. of Parts: 23
Assembled Size: 2.68″ L x 4.33″ W x 7.68″ H


The HMAS Collins is the lead submarine in the six-submarine Collins Class operating under the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It was set to be built in 1990, and named after the Vice Admiral Sir John Augustine Collins. The sea vessel was completed in 1994 and commissioned into the Australian Navy after mid-1996. It ran into multiple problems when undergoing extensive sea trials and was not put into operational use until 2000.

This intricate and rare model is a must-have for submarine fans to add to their collection.

Assembling Details

  • This DIY model comes unassembled with 23 parts and a brass nameplate. Most parts are made of grey plastic while some are clear styrene parts. It also has decal sheets for decal placement
  • The detailed model is unpainted and will need to be painted after assembly using the instruction manual provided.
  • For assembly it is suggested to use appropriate model paints and adhesives

Additional information

Weight 0.20 kg
Dimensions 10.00 × 10.00 × 10.00 cm

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