I also had been wondering if this kit was ever going to be released.
Looks like it really is going to be a reality after all, although at a somewhat steep price for such a small model. It makes their XXIII kit appear inexpensive..
With this Type IIA, you will get a hull that is about 22.5" long, 2.25" max. beam and somewhere between 2.1" to 2.75" draught.
All this can be yours for the pre-order price of $105.25 (retail price of $116.95). This makes it even more expensive than the Revell GATO.
If this company were to make a Type IX, it would probably cost over $200. Guess they make SMALL runs compared to Revell, but for a "limited" run kit as their XXIII has always been touted, there sure seem to be a lot of those XXIII kits availlable to purchase..maybe not many people bought them?
I have a Revell VIIC to get to (whenever I have the time and money to pour into it), so I'll just wait and see what the first buyers and reviewers of this IIA have to say about it.
Here is the IIA pre-order link for any interested people:
http://www.greatmodels.com/~smartcart/c ... um=SN72002