Italian Flutto-class Submarine
The Flutto class were a large class of submarines built for the Italian Royal Navy (Regia Marina) during the Second World War.
The armament and overall size of the Flutto class was similar to that of the Marcello Class. As such in your games of Cruel Seas you can use the rules for the Marcello Class Submarine (Found on Page 96 of your rulebook) to represent the Flutto and use this model for either.
This kit also comes with a Medium Wake marker and a sheet of Italian Flags
The Flutto’s were a development of the 600-Series of medium-sized (or seagoing), submarines. They were built to a partial double-hulled Bernardis design, influenced by war-time experience and construction adapted for mass construction.
Overall the Flutto’s were good sea-boats with improved internal arrangements, hull strength, anti-aircraft armament and diving times. Regarded as the best medium-displacement submarines built by Italy up to that time. A total of forty-eight submarines were ordered, in three Series/Types.
The name Flutto means “wave” and other Type I vessels were named for either marine terms or sea-creatures whereas the Type II and Type III vessels all bore the names of metals.
The first series of twelve vessels were laid down in 1941: six from CRDA, and three each from OTO and Tosi. Of the original order, ten were commissioned and saw action; whilst two others were unfinished as of the Italian armistice in September 1943 and work on them was abandoned. Of the ten vessels which became operational, three were sunk by the Allies, and four scuttled at the armistice. These were all raised by the Germans and re-fitted, but all four were then subsequently sunk in Allied air raids during 1944. Three others were surrendered to the Allies and survived the war. Two vessels; the ‘Grongo’ and ‘Murena’ were fitted with containers for carrying Maiale manned torpedoes, for operations by the Decima MAS special operations force.
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted