Jeff- those are the Special Navy Type XXIIIs- expensive kit- yep. are they worth it? If you like the XXIII and want one larger than the braille scale stuff that's out there, then these kits are all you have, unless you move up to the Accurate Armour 1/35 waterline, or a 1/32nd scale R/C version.
This kit was a pain in the ass to build. It comes with photoetch and resin cast pieces. Normally, I like the extras like that, but this model seemed to include extras in P/E and resin just for the sake of including them. The hull halves have no alignment pins or slots, and the plastic was warped like a banana. It's pretty well detailed, and all I have left to do on mine is do the steps in the front of the CT. They are a real pain.... but they didn't have to be.
But, like I said; if you want a larger scale XXIII to go with your Revell Type VII and Gato, it's the only game in town. They will be releasing a Type II in the same scale next year. Will it be a better kit? Don't know...I have some suggestions for the manufacturers, though!
But if you want a large Type II (and I know YOU do Jeff...
) you'll cuss and moan, and then go buy one... because that's all there is in that scale.