Hi, Slats. Yes, Revell has noted the interest. But not so much from us, here, as from phone calls and emails. They've even talked to me.
AND, YES!!!, they announced, at a some model convention, that the model is planned for release at the end of 2006.
It seems that it will be based on USS Cobia (SS245), located in Manitowoc. WI.
For the information and edification of the "Sub Nut"s, who (like me) have carried, their fascination with submarines, from the sublime to the rediculous, here's some info on Cobia.
Cobia is a Gato Class, Drum Variant, built at EB, in Groton, CT, in1943. She was commissioned on 21 Apr 1944.
There are three other Gato-Drum museum boats.
1]USS Drum (SS228) is in Mobile. AL.
2]USS Cavalla (SSK-244) Guppy, Hunter-Killer configuration, in Galveston, TX
3]USS Croaker (SSK-246), similar to Cavalla, in Buffalo, NY
4] USS Flasher (SS-249), WWII conning tower only, Groton CT.
I find it interesting that, of the four survivors, of this Class, and Variant, three are sisters, 244, 245, 246.
It is assumed (and hoped) that those members, living near one of these boats, will go take lots of pictures and notes. And will share them with the rest of us.
Now. All you super detailers: go to church, burn a votive candle and gives thanks, that these boats had welded, not riveted, hulls.
I don't suffer from ulcers, I'm a carrier.