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New static submarine kit

Postby gp100man » Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:39 pm

Have any of you seen the new 1/350 scale USS Greeneville LA class submarine from Hobby Boss?
Also I wonder how long after anouncing the new kit, does it show up on the shelves at the hobby stores?
They have had the 1/700 scale kit for a long time, but I believe the 1/350 scale kit is a new item, I just can't find it anywhere.
I wrote Hobby Boss, and Revell and asked them to come out with a 1/350 scale plastic/styrene kit of the Israeli Dolphin class
submarine, and the GAL class of submarine. Still waiting. But it's nice to see that Hobby Boss is adding new submarines to their line up.
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Re: New static submarine kit

Postby gp100man » Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:30 am

www.squadron.com now has the kit in stock, and at a really good price. gp100man
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Re: New static submarine kit

Postby Tom Dougherty » Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:01 pm

It is also in stock at Sprue Bros. http://www.spruebrothers.com/ HBS83531 1:350 Hobby Boss USS Greenville SSN-772 $10.49. Can't go wrong at those prices!

The kit has features such as ballast tank grates and other details missing from some much more expensive models (e.g. Dragon's versions). Unfortunately, the ballast tank grates are wrong, particularly in the stern, where they extend all the way into the propulsion spaces. The LAs have their ballast tanks in the stern cone, and the grates do not extend anyhwere near as far forward as they do in this kit. But, one can easily correct that. The anhedrals are also not quite correct. Upside is that the VLS is correct (unlike the DML/Dragon Hampton & Chicago kits), and the ballast tank upper vents around the VLS are correct.

Here's a review with some pictures of the parts on the sprues.
http://www.modelwarships.com/reviews/ships/ss/ssn772-350-hbo/hbo-review.html

This is NOT Hobby Boss's first 1/350 LA kit. I have their earlier (and slightly more expensive) "3 in 1" LA kit HBS83530. It comes with two upper hulls (with & without VLS). That kit also had some of the same errors, and another goof for the Flight 1 boats in leaving the upper ballast tank side vents as if there was a VLS system. Again, relatively easy fix. The kit also has some "mystery parts" which are now clearly parts for the latest kit's Deal Delivery Vehicle. Actually the "dry" SDV program has been canned, due to development costs and failures.
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