The Calypso was built in the USA in 1942 as a minesweeper. She was bought in 1950 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and after extensive changes and modifications has become a fully equipped ocean research vessel, complete with observation chamber in the stern, oval diving bell, Galaezzi diving chamber, inflatable boat for shallow waters, helicopter and much other submarine equipment. Length 42 m, tonnage 360 tons, speed 12 knots.
The Billing Boats model was made according to the original plans and with kind cooperation of the Cousteau Foundation.
The construction kit contains all the material needed to build the model.
The Calypso features: ABS Hull, wooden superstructure and decks, hull and deck fittings in wood, brass and/or plastic, ramin masts, rigging cord in various sizes. Propshafts, rudders and propellers. Includes full size plan sheets and an instruction manual with English Text.
Propulsion by two brushed motors.