Posted by Matty on August 10, 2014, 13:23:21, in reply to "Completed: USS Georgia – 1/700th Scale DML Kit"
Edited by board administrator August 10, 2014, 19:51:22
Interesting you should comment on this kit's relative accuracy, as (and I suppose this makes me somewhat of an Accuracy Nazi ) I had already been wondering about this kit's bow shape - a feature almost universally inaccurate on the old, classic nuke kits - and I would not be surprised to see a more accurate nose for the Ohios revealed, one day. Also I'd love to see a certified-accurate drawing of the vents/hatches/fixtures (especially on the bow). Perhaps I will have to be the first to surf NavSource and create one myself, here in the Unclassified World... |
This DML Alfa/Ohio is another little pair-of-subs kit that I, too, have built and I concur with your assessment - except that the hulls are not actually waterlined but equally-split between upper- and lower halves: your Georgia's top half is riding extremely high in the water (especially astern). Meantime, sweet job in bashing out the little Dry-Deck Shelter - and flawless paint job, as usual.
Again, I'm not a big fan of Tomahawks (nor their lineal descendants, the drones - of all stripes), as I think these ended up (whether or not by original design,) used simply to massacre/terrorize civilians - as also are today's Seals. See: use in Iraq and Afghanistan - I rest my case. The Good News - in addition to only 4x of the Ohios being so converted - is that modular "sleve"-installations for the Tomahawk clearly leaves the door open for quick/easy reversion back into Trident-capable boats. In the event that Honest Terror - i.e., the threat to blow up (effectively) the whole world - is ever again needed, from these very labor- and engineering-intensive modern marvels of technology. As Americans, these are (for better or worse) our group investments...
And I had no idea the Ohios retained all the same torpedo-room capabilities - especially full equivalency in the types and numbers of rounds - as the fast-attack boats. Also interesting (which I had never thought of, before) is a typical 30-year service life for a deep-diving hull - surprising, as even surface ships don't generally last more than 30-40 years (tops) in service, anyway.
I'd say the Cold War boomers - along, of course with SAC ICBM and massive bomber fleets - kept America free from any aggression, of any type. Except, of course, the inside jobs: attacks on USS Liberty, on USS Cole, US embassies and ambassadors and the crowning blow of 911 - and anything/everything else which may yet be done by Al CIA-da, and/or its Friends. But total, world-war - suddenly, within rapidly blossoming Capitalism over the last century threatening to become a permanent fixture of human existence - was effectively put-paid by nuclear weapons, and their utter unstoppability. Especially and above all, as deployed on ballistic-missile submarines.
That was indeed an awesome achievement - almost as great, in its Good, as the depth of the Evil, in conceiving Total War in the first place...
Well, today in welcome alternative we instead have Total Modelling - at which you, sir, exhibit Full-Spectrum Dominance! Seriously Donny, Thank You, for another great subject, and great post, buddy!