The kit has been sitting around for a few years now and for some reason I just haven't gotten in to starting it. Pretty odd for a former sub sailor, but there you have it... I wanted a quickee build this weekend and this boat fit the bill perfectly. There are no fit problems anywhere.
The kit is pretty accurate compared to the real thing. In 1/350th scale, it's a pretty huge kit. I've built a few of these kits in the past but never with the hatches open. Once everything is finished, she'll get a coat of all-over Tamiya Semi-Gloss Black. Non-skid areas will get a coat of Testor's ModelMaster Aircraft Interior Gray.
While we're building subs, might as well knock out a Flight III Los Angeles SSN. Another DML/Dragon kit. Also in 1/350th scale. This one will probably be USS Miami. But first, time to do something different. First, we scribe lines in the hull...
Then we cross hatch the lines to replicate the rubber tiles on the hull. I know, I know... But it was something I thought I'd try out. Luckily, the Ohio Class boomers don't have the tiles. Not sure if it'll withstand the coat of paint.
The kit is inaccurate as hell but can be easily corrected. All you need is some declass'd photo references from Navsource or your favorite image source and voila. Here's a close up of my home made tiles. Still have the rest of the Port side and ALL of the Starboard side to do.
Who knows, I may get up the courage to undertake Zimmerit now...