Yesterday I took the plunge. I decided that the tower needed to be cut down. So using a 1/72 scale figure, several photos in reference books and some shots I took of the USS Drum, my trusty ruler with mm on it and a razor saw I went for broke.
The nice thing about the Gato is that parts are cheap and easy to obtain so I figured it was worth the effort.
I basically cut the sides of the tower off. cut out the platform within the tower, and then cut out a section from the middle of the front of the tower. The end result was to have the sides about chest high to the scale figure and the front of the tower have just enough material to allow the door to be reattached. By reaching these two (chest high, enough material for the door) I would duplicate the subs in the photos.
I have not had the time to glue it back together but I hope to work on it some more real soon. So far it looks like it will work well. I must also mention that I was inspired by Rick Nelsons Lion fish article in issue 74.