What class of submarine is the Mini-con Deepdive (closest to)?

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  1. AOXES

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    Hi all, I just wanted to ask what class of submarine is Deepdive? Or at least closest to.

    His "fluff", unsurprisingly, does not really say much, other than that he's a submarine...(duh)

    The hull design is not a contemporary one, unless I'm mistaken; the "flat top" is prevalent in older submarines (WWII-ish). Newer subs tend to have cigar-shaped "teardrop hulls", which make them better suited to travel submerged. This design, along with the six forward torpedo tubes, make it look like a German Class XXI U-Boat (link: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/SRH025-p40.jpg). However, The flat top does have four round portrusions that make it look like it has vertical tubes, which are present in modern day attack submarines.

    The presence of forward dive planes, however, make it reminiscent of more modern UK sub-design. Nevertheless, the presence of a cruciform configuration for the rear dive planes makes it look American. Then again, the two-propeller design looks Soviet/WWII German.

    Then again, it could just be a random design conceived by the toy designers to look like a mish-mash of sub classes.

    I'd say, overall impression-wise, it looks most like the Class XXI U-Boat. What do you guys think?

    For reference, here's a picture of Deepdive - http://www.tfu.info/2006/Mini-Con/Deepdive/vehiclemode.jpg
     
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    The Connery class of red October.
     
  3. AOXES

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    The Red October is actually a modified Typhoon class with an experimental magnetohydrodynamic drive.

    The Typhoon class, however, has a teardrop shaped hull with no forward dive planes.

    But perhaps I get what you mean; it's probably a "generic design" drawn up by the designers. :/ Any idea on inspiration though?

    Edit: Similar trivia, Dive-Dive of the GoBots is actually based on a Los Angeles-class submarine, specifically, the SSN-723, USS Oklahoma City. :) 
     
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    i would say deep water TYPHOON class
     
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    Judging by her hull shape and where the conning tower is I'd say that Deep Dive is based off of a German U-boat. You're right in that her hull shape isn't contemporary as the flat deck design fell out of favor after WWII. You can really see the switch in thinking here...in WWII subs were boats that could submerge under water...but as submarine warfare evolved and became more specialized the shape of submarine hulls changed to better suit those specializations.

    But enough of that. I'd say U-boat also. The hull alone screams WWII.
     
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