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Likewise for any or all of the fittings: bow fairlead, cleats (including a pair back at the foot of the sail), and capstan - which on the real thing are retractable; simply chop each off at its base, which is scribed to depict its surface panel, when retracted. One of the later holdups has been to engineer the same sort of thing (except kind of in reverse), for the torpedo tube- and tube-flooding doors (not visible), in the nose cone. Another has been to greatly improve the fit, and interior locator tabs (not visible) - none of which was possible (for me to do, anyway) when the project was first begun.
Of course, the primary value of this upgrade remains the accurization of the overall bow profile of the Revell (ex-Renwal) Lafayette- or Franklin-class SSBN:
This latest pic is the best demonstration of the accurized profile which I've been able to photograph so far. The OOB hull is too fat - there's no getting around that - but the upgrade optimizes the impression (again, as best I can do it) of the finer, more tapered bow which these boats actually had.
Again, I do apologize for not being able to promise a release date. But I do have available a couple developmental pops with exactly the same surface details shown above; they lack only the improved fit and interior improvements to be incorporated in the commercial release. If anyone(s) wants right away one of these latest, developmental sets - bow casing plus accompanying nose cone - I'll sell you a set for $45.00 USD, plus actual shipping; just eMail me. (Include "FBM", "Matty's Models" and/or "resin" - anything to identify your request as not for deletion as spam - in your title.)
And of course, when the final version is ready for release, you will be the first to hear about it - right here, on ModelFleet!