I've recently purchased the Revell-Monogram USS Lionfish (1/178). There's a review of the aftermarket parts for this kit on this site already, but I was so dissappointed with Revell's kit I had to post this. It's an inexpensive kit (only $10-15, depending on where you get it), but the detail is not really that good. I have a Revell USS Flasher kit from 1971, and it's almost identical - not many improvements. The conning tower is a little sloppy and the guns aren't very detailed. As well, there are raised guides for varying configurations of fill holes - if you use them, you have to drill them out, otherwise you'll have to carefully sand them down. Fortunately, Nautilus makes various resin kits with different styles of conning towers and weapons, as well as a photoetch kit for this model, but these are several times the cost of the Revell kit - suddenly the inexpensive model is pricey. It makes for a nice model with some careful work and aftermarket or additional parts, otherwise even the most careful out-of-the-box construction will only produce a mediocre model.
Edited By ss249 on 1050041224