ITO Battery Powered Submarine
Toy submarine made after WWII for American service men while serving in occupied Japan. This battery powered model is 27” long and is intended to be used in a pond. The wood hull and deck are beautifully made and painted maroon, dark gray and light gray. Intricate details are everywhere including fine brass railings, steps, ladders, adjustable brass rudder, deck guns, and working search light on conning tower. The rudder stamped "JAPAN". The top deck pulls off easily for access to the battery and motor compartment. A single “TMY” motor is connected to a gear box that runs the two propellers. Runs on three D batteries. The two knobs on the deck turn on and off the motor and running lights. They turn on when pushed down. The four diving plane fins are missing. Some Internet sites mention that there should be two running lights in addition to the search light, but I can’t tell if they were originally present on this particular model. The base doesn’t look right compared to anything I can find on the Internet, but it does look to be Japanese and from the right time period. According to many Internet sources this is a scarce hard to find model that is highly collectible. And this one is in great original condition.