It certainly is an illusion! Remember, that the picture is taken from off the Port bow, @ 45 degrees ahead of a true silhouette shot. And, she is not heading away, but angling toward the viewer (very shallow angle on the bow). Eventually, the camera platform would cross close astern of her if we put this view into motion, assuming their both heading to the left. Another thing that throws this view off a bit is that her bow is down in a trough, or her bow tanks are full and she's riding heavy, perhaps in anticipation of a fast dive scenario. Look at where the bow wave is in relation to the normal waterline. Go with whatever your best set of plans show you and you will be fine.
You guys ever really notice that the kit left out some rather important detail items? Oh, little things, like engine exhausts, the After Battery access hatch outline (whose handheel is undersized!), etc. I'll be detailing the sides of the upper hull today and tomorrow. I cut the outline for the hatch the other evening, before the arctic chill drove me out of the pit-o'-doom!
Good luck, good progress!
"If you ignore the problem long enough, it will go away. Even flooding stops eventually!"