This will be the thread for all things pertaining to this, classic Cold War kit:
First seen on hobby shop racks (at least, by me) as Abraham Lincoln, at top, and IIRC as other early boomers (Patrick Henry, perhaps?), this model - or, more specifically its box art - were among several key early inspirations leading me to take up SCUBA diving and indeed, even to pursue a career in Oceanography. And, of course, to Dig submarines - Big-Time.
The original release had a detachable, completely plated-over starboard hull-half - later to be re-tooled with cutout windows, shown at bottom, and released simply as Polaris Nuclear Submarine. Judging from a decade generally observing eBay, it would appear Revell released just a ton of the original - and even more of the second version, which - other than the above cutouts - retained all and exactly the same features as the original, 1:250-ish scale mold.
Which, for the modeller, is exactly the Issue - as may already be apparent, just comparing the above artwork to the actual mold (admittedly distorted by the fold in the instructions). But, up close, in reality it's even worse:
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Thus, the mold is sorely in need of substantial modification - even if only to fix the problems forward - before it can approach any decent portrayal of The Real McCoy. I have long had several ideas for such modifications/improvements to this model - and have by now run across other modellers who have been thinking along similar lines, though their solution(s) might take a somewhat different tack.
All of the above - including your own ideas/contributions - will appear as "Replies", below. I hope One and All will enjoy/get something out of these.