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. With a length of 42m and tonnage of 360 tons, she has a maximum speed of 12 knots. The Billing Boats kit of the Calypso features an 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.It includes full-size plan sheets and an instruction manual with English text. While this brand new kit comes with detailed instructions, it is best suited for the intermediate to advanced builders! Add a map to your own listings. The item "Re-released, New model ship kit by Billing Boats the Calypso" is in sale since Friday, April 6, 2018. This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Models & Kits\Boats, Ships\Other Boat, Ship Models & Kits". The seller is "ageofsail" and is located in San Lorenzo, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.