OK, gang, just received my Zvedzda 1:350 scale Hotel Class SSBN kit. Yes, it's the same class as the infamous K-19 of movie fame. The kit itself looks to be relatively simple & straightforward: a total of 33 pieces, with left & right hull halves, with separate flat forward & after deck pieces. Dry fit seems OK; the hull pieces have some round higher "dimples" along the sides that look to be left over from injection. The hull pieces have both limber holes and lower ballast tank openings (not commonly found on most models- a plus for sure!). The limber holes are evenly spaced, whereas the limited information I have seems to indicate they should be spaced in pairs. There are also left & right sail halves with a separate one piece top. The missile doors atop the sail are modled closed, and look incorrect, as they have deep, angled grooves between the doors that I have not seen in any overhead photos of a Hotel. Also, the forward top of the sail where the masts and cockpit are located should have a slight elevation relative to the missile door area. It doesn't. Looks like a bit of scratchbuilding on the sail will be in order. Sternplanes and propellers look correct. Props have 6 blades, and the number & shape match a drydock photo I have. Rudder (represented only as a scribed area) is too short in length. Nice little anchor is provided. Decals include the buzz number & a set of silver decals that will represent the sonar windows on the bow and the upper deck Feniks sonar. (These sonar windows always looked to me like silver duct tape was placed over them). There is also a decal to represent the sail deadlights, which have white trim. Instructions are in several languages, and the English was transliterated from Russian, and is somewhat stilted but understandable. Overall, I'd give it about a 75-80% grade. Certainly the only show in town for this class of submarine. Overall, not too bad.
Edited By Tom Dougherty on 1130816340