How much did Models by Mickster charge you for shipping the kit?
Do the hull halves have alignment pins? I'll await your verdict on the hull alignment and trueness tomorrow.
A few observations I have noticed so far from the limited pictures I have seen:
It was my understanding that Type IIAs and IIBs were originally built with only ONE periscope. Only the IIC and IID were built with both a sky and attack scope. Perhaps some IIAs and IIBs had a second scope added at a later date once the war started? Maybe the IIBs that were sent to the Black Sea for example.
This SN model appears to have VERY BIG (as in tall in height) saddle tanks for being a IIA, its saddle tanks look more like the ones on a IID.. Yet current photos of the Vesikko show that it has fairly tall tanks also from what I recall. The operating range on the IIA was very small and some of the line drawings I have seen have shown a saddle tank that is much shorter in height than the ones on this model kit.. The Germans kept increasing the size of these tanks (in additon to lengthening the hull) with each successive model of the Type II to extend the operating range of the boats and to TRY to improve the boats seaworthiness while running surfaced, which was notoriously bad (this is where the "dugout canoe" nickname came from, along with the small overall size
). Perhaps someone can clarify whether these tanks as depicted on the model are accurate or not?
The deck gun you refer to should only be a mono-barrel 20mm AA gun. Don't think any Type II had an actual "deck gun" like a VII or IX. Though, it is mounted on the deck, so perhaps that is what you meant by calling it a "deck gun". There seem to have been two different AA gun mounts on the fore deck. A larger can shaped mount and a narrower conical shaped mount. The SN kit has the larger can mount. Furthermore, according to my past readings, most of the six IIAs did not have any guns on the deck at all (at least in 1935/1936). I have only seen a pic of U1 sporting an AA gun on the fore deck, mounted to the smaller conical mount. Again, maybe guns were added to some of these six boats later on..
In general, I think SN used the Finnish Vesikko as their main reference when creating the molds for this model, as opposed to the harder to obtain reference items specific to the actual German Type IIs.
Also, if you could Jeff, give us hull measurements:
OAL = 22.3" ?
Beam = 2.25" ?
Bow Hull Height Max = 3" (tapering to a max stern hull height of 2.7") ?
I got the above measurements from scaling down actual pre-war German drawn Type II plans.