Russian Typhoon Submarine

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My Typhoon Class submarine model is patterned after the Arkhangelsk (TK-17).

The most recent information is it left the docks of Sevmash Shipyard (Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk County) after being under repair and upgrade for one year, and it sailed to its home base in Zapadnaya Litsa at the Kola Peninsula on November 9th, 2002.

Click here to see the Naval Facilities near Murmansk, Murmansk Oblast including Nerpichya Bay, Zapadnaya Litsa.
  • Submarine - TK-17 (Arkhangelsk)
  • Shipyard - Sevmash
  • Laid Down - 02/24/1985
  • Launched - August, 1986
  • Active Service Start Date - 11/06/1987
  • Currently In-Service
  • Presently Based - Nerpichya Bay, Zapadnaya Litsa

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This plan sheet was posted on several internet web sites ... and it is the only one I could locate with the necessary detail for scratch building my hull.

The narrative is in Russian, but you can still figure out what things are and where they go using a simple ruler and calculator. I used inches/feet, but the metric system can also be used.

Here is a link to a very nice Metric Conversion Calculator if you need one.

Here are my calculations:

Download the Lotus 123 Spreadsheet here!

My Opinion:

Today, there are several vendors providing kits for building Russian Typhoon submarines in various scales. There are also several people scratch building their own. I opted to scratch build my own, but regardless of what you decide to do (there is no best answer) accurate measurements are in the eyes of the beholder.

Let me say, many hours were dedicated researching this project, and to my amazement, I didn´t find two submarine models alike! I did however, find several submarine models that were supposedly constructed in the same scale but the measurements, hull shapes and details were totally different. I concluded that the experts must have agreed to disagree!

My philosophy is ... if you can build a submarine that you are proud of ... that works ... and is as close as possible to the real thing in scale, then you have accomplished something that will give you many years of enjoyment both for yourself and for others who see you having fun!


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Last Updated Friday, February 14, 2003 5:57:24 PM