Masterpiece Models has released a resin rendition of Aurora’s classic 1/93 scale Sealab III underwater research habitat from 1970.
The last of the U.S. Navy's experimental undersea habitats, Sealab III
accommodated five teams of 10 men each for 15-day stints 600 below the Pacific off San Diego. Ostensibly created for underwater scientific research, it was later revealed that the base was also used for Top Secret military experiments involving deep water EVAs. There was one fatality during these experiments, and the program was eventually scrapped.
According to MasterpieceModels
“This limited edition Sealab III Resin Assembly Kit
comes with 2 aquanauts, full color decals, ocean floor display base, fully detailed interior including laboratory Living area, berths, emergency breathing tanks and optional solid or clear outer tank half. Masterpiece Models manufactures and sells the highest quality scale resin assembly kits on the market today. Our Military Model Kits satisfy a variety of interests that include the Wild West, World War I & II, Vietnam, Diorama accessories, and Sci Fi. Our Model Kits are manufactured onsite at our Vancouver, Washington. USA. facility. You will get the highest quality American made Western, Military and Sci Fi Model Kits available anywhere”.
The Sealab III
is listed by Hobbylink Japan at https://hlj.com/product/MSPMMNK0001
and can be ordered for ¥21,520 (about US$200).