The Revell® submarine kit was around since 1971, The kit
scale is commonly mistaken for 1/220 scale by retailers, but the actual scale
places it at 1/178. The kit was released in 1971, in the name of USS Flasher.
Later on, the same mold appeared as Growler and
Lionfish. The only difference in the mold is in the nameplates. The kit's original conning tower resembles more a Gato than the
Lionfish's Balao tower. Revell® would be closer if they kept it as
Flasher. The following photos show the kits' box arts from 1971 to
present. These kits can be easily found on ebay auctions and are still in circulation
at some retailers. Contact me if you need one.
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USS Flasher 1971
Venice CA 9029
USS Growler 1972
Venice CA 9021
USS Lionfish 1988
Des Plaines IL, 60016
USS Lionfish 1997-Combo
Inc. Morton Grove, IL 60053
USS Lionfish Submarine © 1998
Revell-Monogram® Inc. Morton Grove, IL 60053