Alanger 1/350 Delta IV SSBN (K-407) kit. See photos below.
This 1/350 scale kit comes in a massive cardboard box, which is long (it needs to be, due to the hull size), as well as very wide and very deep, for no discernible reasons (and could even damage the kit parts from way too much room to rattle around). The vast majority of the box content is air. The color drawing on the box front depicts many freeflood limber holes along the side of the turtleback, none of which are present on the model. A quick check of my Russian references indicated, though, that the Delta IV was missing the many limber holes that made the earlier boats in this series so distinctive (and noisy!). Hence, the box art is wrong (Delta III) and the kit part is correct. The overall length of the hull is by far the most impressive part of the kit! Even in 1/350 scale, it measures 18 1/2 inches in length and 1 3/16 inches in diameter.
All parts are molded in black plastic. The hull is in three basic pieces: very long bottom and top sections (with a large flat cut-out area in the top hull piece) & a separate top section that contains the sail and missile tube turtleback that fits into the flat cut-out area in the top hull section (see photos below). The sail/turtleback horizontal join line section appears to follow a natural hull break point that allows water under the turtleback (See Kevin's photo below), but the forward and aft sections will have to be blended into the upper hull piece to avoid seams in those areas. The tops of the 16 missile tubes (what appears to be a cover or membrane over the missiles) are all visible, and 16 outer hatches are provided, which fit flush with the turtleback. Although one can model the sub with hatches open or closed, no missiles are provided, in contrast to the case with the Dragon Ohio SSBN kit. There are two oblong cutouts on either side of the forward sides of the sail into which one glues two oblong pieces (which in turn have holes for the sail planes). I can't see any obvious reason to mold the sail in such a fashion, except to increase the kit part count (see photos below). Again, it creates some unwanted seams that will have to be puttied and smoothed before painting. Nothing terribly challenging here, just odd choices in kit layout.
Stern planes are molded onto the two very long hull pieces, whereas the upper & lower rudder pieces are separate. The upper rudder has the prominent tube for the towed array deployment. Two 7-bladed skewed propellers (with opposite rotations) are provided, along with a separate top piece for the sail and a set of four masts to install in it. The sail top also earns point for a recessed bridge cockpit detail complete with hatch.
The lower hull also has reactor cooling scoops that need to be installed. Not depicted at all on the kit are the four forward torpedo tubes. Unfortunately, also missing from the lower hull is any sign of the ballast tank flood ports (a nice feature found on the two recent Zvedzda kits of the November 1/350 scale SSN and Hotel SSBN). A simple plastic stand and a pretty decent set of decals (including hull stripes, sail deadlights, draft lines, red & white marker buoys, and other items). Instructions are simple pictorial ones; not a whole lot to assemble here, really. Likewise the painting instructions on the sheet are very simple, with a pictorial layout and paint shade call-outs
Overall, it will build into a physically impressive model, but with some detail shortcomings, as noted above. Probably I would give it a B to B-.
The box with (wrong) box art!
This year's winner of the greatest empty air to parts ratio box!
Main hull pieces tree. The bottom of the hull is the topmost piece, the upper hull is at the bottom and has the large notch molded into it. The piece with the sail and the turtleback that fits into the upper hull notch is at center left on the tree.
Closeup of the sail/turtleback piece (upper) and the top hull piece (lower) into which it inserts.
oblique close up of the sail. The two oblong notches in the forward part of the sail have kit pieces that fill them in. No obvious reason for this!
Close up of parts tree. Includes propellers at left, upper and lower rudders, and sail top with cockpit. The two pieces with holes between the rudder parts are the sail pieces that fit into the sail notches in the photo immediately above. The holes are for the sail planes.
Photo of completed model from the side of the box. The free flood area seam where the sail/turtleback meets the upper hull is visible.