OK, so I'll post here to see if we can get some replies going for John. First, I greatly admire and appreciate John's willingness to take input; it speaks volumes about the high level of craftsmanship he seeks for his kits.
So here's a few to start off:
One of our members (Wayne Frey) has succeeded in getting a lot of material on fUSSR submarines, such as the Alfa. You may want to check with him to look into updating the Alfa and other Soviet kits based on the photos & diagrams he has obtained. He had some great Alfa material in the SCR last year, and the new accurate drawings show features and design details, such as the stern shape, that are not captured in any Alfa kits at present.
One minor area of detailing would be to add ballast tank flood grates to the bottoms of kit hulls. I know at least one of the YKM SSBN kits has them, and they add quite a bit to the kit. Also maybe seawater intakes and other below the waterline outfittings (anchor, SPM hatch).
I know we spoke at one point about the Thresher (Permit) kit & reducing the sail size to represent the earlier small sail Permits.
Could you add a J series propeller to the photoetch sheet? Most early SSNs and SSBNs had the J, and not the more skewed back form. I have J series photos, if you need them. Also hand grabs on the photoetch, as many early SSNs & SSBNs had hand grabs on the sails or hull sides.
Anyone else have some ideas? I have several kits I'd like to see, but I'll list only one for now: SSN 575, USS Seawolf.
Edited By Tom Dougherty on 1133738227