Submarine Reviews
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RM Scire, Italian Coastal Submarine, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall this is another good release from E.V.A., this time of one of the Regia Marina’s stars and a submarine that conducted some daring raids.
I like that it depicts
Scirè in her SLC conversion fit and that you have the choice of the two different conning towers. That being said, it would be nice to see a kit of an Adua Class submarine in non-converted fit.
RN Enrico Tazzoli, Italian Calvi Class Submarine 1942, E.V.A. 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Tazzoli kit was in the end a pleasurable project with some minor challenges along the way. It builds into a nice
model of a fine looking submarine and it is a welcome addition to my sub flotilla. Since this kit was released, E.V.A. has added two more submarine kits to their catalog:
Scirè and, in a departure from Regia Marina subjects, HMS
Upholder
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USS Halibut SSGN-587 or SSN-587, Blue Ridge Models, 1:350 Scale, Review b Felix Bustelo - This USS Halibut SSGN-587 or as SSN-587 is the first release from the new Blue Ridge Models 2.0 is in many ways not
necessarily different from at least the previous 1950s/60s Cold War US Navy submarine kits. Yes the new releases will be limited production and the packaging is new but more importantly, the quality and accuracy which we have
come to expect from
Blue Ridge Models is still there.
O-16, Dutch Submarine 1941, Pacific Crossroads 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Well the O-16 by Pacific Crossroads is certainly unique, as there are no other models of a World War II Dutch submarine in 1:350 scale
of which I am aware.
Pacific Crossroads continues to provide interesting kits of Dutch Navy vessels. Overall the kit is good but in my opinion not their best effort. In the end it should build into a nice model with a little effort and
care.
Walrus, Dutch Attack Submarine, Naval Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - This Walrus kit from Naval Models should build a good representation of the any of the four newest submarines of the Koninklijke Marine
without much effort. If you are a fan of modern submarines, this model would make an interesting addition to your fleet.
Zwaardvis, Dutch Attack Submarine, Naval Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Zwaardvis kit from Naval Models helps to fill a void in Felix Bustelo's fleet of modern submarines and with not too much effort
should build into a good model of the either boat in the class. The
Zwaardvis was an important evolutionary step in Dutch submarine design and a good example of a conventional attack submarine.
USS Nautilus, Mikro-Mir 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Mikro-Mir Nautilus kit is the only injection-molded plastic kit of this important submarine. Some modelers prefer plastic to resin and up to now the only other
kits of this subject in this scale are in the latter medium and produced by
Blue Ridge Models and Combat Subs.
JMSDF Yushio, Pitroad 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall the Pitroad Yushio was a simple, fun and relatively quick build. The fit and detail is generally very good out of the box. This makes for a nice addition
to my modern submarine collection and if you can pick one up I would recommend it if you are a fan of JMSDF ships or modern subs.
I-19 Japanese Submarine, Aoshima 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Aoshima I-19 kit is in my opinion very, very good. The details are nicely done and abundant and it appears to be a well-engineered kit. Some aspects
of the assembly instructions could have been better but out of the box it will build into a fine model. The additional of separately available optional photo-etch parts will certainly enhance the model but it isn’t required. The fact that
these sets were not bundled with the kit may irk some but then again it is not uncommon for plastic kits not to have any photo-etch and rely on aftermarket sets to detail a model.
USS Growler SSG-577, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The USS Growler SSG-577 from Blue Ridge Models is an excellent addition to line of 1950s/60s Cold War US Navy submarine kits. Felix
Bustelo
finds the model to be very well done, although it may be a bit challenging to build depending on how you wish to display the final product.
HMS M1, M2 and M3 Submarines, Samek 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall, the Samek M1, M2 and M3 are very well done kits of some very unusual submarines. Up until now, the only option in 1/350 scale was
the Combat Subs resin kit
M1 if her monitor fit, but that kit is long out of production and very hard to find. Felix Bustelo was very excited to see M1 readily available again as a kit, but to have the others in there modified
experimental configurations made Felix rather giddy.
USS Georgia SSBN-729, Ohio Class Strategic Ballistic Missile Submarine, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The USS Georgia in 1:350 scale is a very good kit that was made even better thanks to
Blue Ridge Models. Some modelers out there don’t like to work in resin or don’t wish to spend the extra money, especially if there is an injection-plastic kit out there. However, my suggestion would be if you want the better kit,
go with the
Blue Ridge Models “Heritage Series” kit because you will get what you pay for.
Abdul Hamid, Turkish Submarine 1888, U-Boat Laboratorium / Combrig 1:350 Scale - The Abdul Hamid in 1:350 scale from U-Boat Laboratorium / Combrig is a fairly well designed and captures the great steampunk look
of this unusual submarine. Displaying
Abdul Hamid among the other more modern sub models Felix Bustelo has accentuates the uniqueness of this early boat and just how far submarine design has come. Since it is a rather simple
model, Felix would recommend to as a first time resin kit.
U 48, Type VIIB Submarine in Drydock, Flyhawk 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Flyhawk 1:700 scale U-48 Type VIIB U-Boat is really a diorama in a box and on its own rather complete. If you want to make it
look more like a real dockyard scene, you can add some aftermarket photo-etch figures and even some German vehicles. Whether you build straight from the box or add some extras, you will have a pretty cool display.
Type 214 Diesel Electric Submarine, Wolfpack Design 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Wolfpack Design Type 214 submarine is a good kit that with a little effort builds up into an accurate representation of the
Type 214 submarine.  It makes for a nice addition to modern submarine fleet and it will stand out among the larger nuke boats. Felix Bustelo is curious to see if Wolfpack Design will attempt another naval subject in 1/350 scale as
this was a promising entry into ship modeling.
UE I Class, U 75 & U 78, World War One German Mine Laying  Submarines, U-Boat Labatorium 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall these kits should make fans of World War I U-boats and submarines happy
as there are few kits available for the silent hunters from this era.
U-Boat Lab is slowly but surely addressing this gap and will hopefully add more submarines to their offerings.
USS Albacore AGSS-569, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The release of the USS Albacore from Blue Ridge Models is another excellent kit and it is a great addition to my Cold War model sub fleet.
It captures the innovative shape of the
Albacore’s hull and it builds into a very nice model of an important yet overlooked boat that made an immense impact on submarine design.
USS Gudgeon SS-567, Tang Class Submarine, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The release of USS Gudgeon  from Blue Ridge Models is an excellent follow-up to their Nautilus kit and adds
another 1950s/60s Cold War US Navy submarine to the model fleet. Overall, I find the model to be very good and I am looking forward to seeing what other subs from this era will be coming from
Blue Ridge Models.
Lada, Project 677, Russian Diesel-Electric Submarine, OKB Grigorov 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - In summary the OKB Grigorov 1:350 scale Lada is a very good kit in terms of ease of build and quality of the
parts. The railings are a bit of a challenge to deal with and you may omit them if you wish, but they add a nice level of detail to the model. The minuses are the lack of decals and periscope, antennas, radar masts and snorkel.   
Overall I was pleased with the model and it builds into a nice addition to my submarine fleet.   
USS Nautilus SSN-571, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo -The Blue Ridge Models 1:350 scale USS Nautilus SSN-571 went together fairly well with the usual gap filling and sanding required. It
was a satisfying build and a very good first release from
Blue Ridge Models.
Victor I & Victor II, Soviet Attack Submarines, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo -In summary, the completed models clearly show the difference between the Victor I and Victor III. They make a good
“weekend project” and a nice addition to a 1/700 scale submarine collection whether you focus is on Soviet boats, the Cold War Era or you like submarines in general.
USS Nautilus SSN-571, Blue Ridge Models 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - To have a new quality multimedia model kit of USS Nautilus SSN-571 that is readily available and affordable is very welcome news to
modelers who have been wishing to add this important submarine to their fleet.  
Forel, Project 1710, Beluga Class Submarine, Polar Bear Production 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - Overall this was an enjoyable project and it builds into a nice model of this obscure Russian submarine. It is a fairly
simple build but I wouldn’t recommend it for a first resin model.
X-Craft, British Midget Submarine, Admiralty Model Works 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - Admiralty Model Works has gained a reputation for well-cast 1/700 scale kits and 1/350 scale accessories and
now they are venturing into 1/350 scale submarine kits.  They had already released kits of the
Foxtrot and HMS Astute class and Felix Bustelo was pleasantly surprised to hear Pavel Vacata’s announcement that Admiralty
Model Works
was going to release a 1/350 scale model of the X-Craft British Midget Submarine.
Project 641, NATO Code Foxtrot, Attack Submarine, Admiralty Model Works 1:700 Scale - The Admiralty Model Works 1:700 scale Project 641 Foxtrot Soviet diesel attack submarines provides two excellently detailed
models of the class, one waterline and one full hull. The excellent resin castings are further supplemented with a photo-etch fret, brass rods, superb decals and comprehensive instructions.
Lira Class Project 705, NATO Code Name Alfa Soviet Attack Submarine, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale - With your 1:700 scale OKB Grigorov Alfa you can put the pedal to the metal, at least until the liquid metal lead/bismuth
coolant causes you to glow in the dark.
USS Gato SS-212, Fleet Submarine 1941, AFV 1:350 Scale, Review by Greg "Gunner" Stitz - Greg "Gunner" Stitz reviews the USS Gato SS-212 kit in 1:350 scale from AFV. Greg was a Gunner’s Mate (Guns) First Class
and is now curator of the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum , home of the
Balao-class submarine USS Razorback (SS-394) so he knows a few things about Gato/Balao class submarines.
Delfin, Project 667 BDRM, NATO Codename Delta IV, OKB Grigorov 1:700 Scale - Have you been waiting for a 1:700 scale Soviet Boomer, other than the Typhoon? Now your wait is over because the Bulgarian firm of OKB
Grigorov has produced the
Delfin Project 667 BDRM, NATO Codename Delta IV.
s, Daphne Class French Diesel Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Daphne class was the end result of a 1952 design request and construction of the first three (Daphne, Diane & Doris)
commenced in 1958. In total, 11 Daphne class subs entered service between June 1964 and March 1970. Felix Bustelo has a build review of the L'Arsenal 1:400 scale Daphne in his build of the kit as Venus.
Venus, Daphne Class French Diesel Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - The Daphne class was the end result of a 1952 design request and construction of the first three (Daphne, Diane &
Doris) commenced in 1958. In total, 11 Daphne class subs entered service between June 1964 and March 1970. Felix Bustelo has a build review of the L'Arsenal 1:400 scale Daphne in his build of the kit as Venus.
Daphne, Modern French Diesel Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Review by Falk Pletscher -  L'Arsenal has produced a nice 1/400 scale kit of the Daphne French medium-seize hunter-killer submarines, which served
mainly in the Mediterranean . They were also exported to Portugal , Pakistan , and South Africa , and they were built under license in Spain .
U-14 Austro-Hungarian Submarine 1916, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - On 20 December 1914, the French submarine Curie attempted to infiltrate the Austro-Hungarian naval base at
Pola, only to be caught in the harbor defense nets. She was forced to surface and was sunk by gunfire. She was raised, refitted and renamed
U-14. In 1916, U-14 was fitted with new engines, given a German-style conning tower
and had an 88mm deck gun mounted forward. These changes not only dramatically changed her outward appearance; it also significantly improved her fighting capabilities.Under the command of Lieutenant Georg Ritter Von Trapp
(of “The Sound of Music” fame) the
U-14 was one of most successful submarines in the Austro-Hungarian fleet.The U-14 kit is the latest submarine kit from the St. Petersburg, Russia based U-Boat Laboratorium.  
Curie, French Submarine 1912, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale - Another very unusual 1:350 scale resin and brass kit has been provided by U-Boat Laboratorium with the French submarine Curie. This unique design of a
1912 design, provides another fine example of the evolution of the submarine.
Mariotte, French Submarine 1908, U-Boat Laboratorium 1:350 Scale, Build Review by Felix Bustelo - U-Boat Laboratorium is known for producing unusual subjects in 1:350 scale. The 1908 French submarine Mariotte
certainly fits this description in spades. This early submarine presents a shark like profile but with a vestigial conning tower, more like a cupola than a sail.
Felix Bustelo has prepared a build review with the finished model
emphasizing the boat's unusual features.
UB-1, Germaniawerft Coastal Submarine 1915, U-Boat Laboratorium, Review y Felix Bustelo - The German invasion and occupation of Belgium in September 1914 gave the Imperial German Navy a forward base of
operations in the ports of Zeebrugge and Ostend. It also became clear that a new design for a small coastal submarine was needed to operate in the shallow waters of English Channel. Measuring about 92 feet long (28 meters) and
displacing little more than 150 tons, the tiny
UB I class had two bow tubes and the capacity for 4 torpedoes. Felix Bustelo review the 1:350 scale kit of the UB I from U-Boat Laboratorium.
HMCS Ojibwa, Canadian Oberon Class Submarine, Resin Shipyard 1:350 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Resin Shipyard kit of the HMCS Ojibwa in 1:350 scale represents a post-SOUP version, with the larger sonar
dome. Any of the three operational boats in RCN service can be built with this kit.
Felix 'Man About Town' Bustelo reviews the Ojibwa.
German Type VII C-41 U-Boat 1943, Flagman 1:350 Scale - Flagman presents a good kit of the mid-war Type VII C-41 U-Boat in 1:350 scale. With optional conning towers, armament and decals, the modeler has a lot of
choices among ten German U-Boats, as well as the Soviet boats after the war.
Agosta, Modern French Diesel-Electric Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:400 Scale, Review by Felix Bustelo - The Agosta, the first in a class of four French patrol diesel-powered submarines, was launched in 1974. This class of
conventionally powered submarines proved to be a very successful design which featured innovative architectural elements and state-of-the-art equipment.
Felix Bustelo reviews the L'Arsenal 1:400 scale kit.
I-400 Japanese Aircraft Carrying Submarine, Aoshima 1:700 Scale - Where do you go to get your long-range strike boats for your attack on the US Pacific coast? Well the answer is the Aoshima 1:700 scale model of the
I-400. The largest submarine built in World War Two, this submarine had a hangar for three float plane torpedo bombers.
K-407 Novomoskovsk, Project 667BDRM Delfin, Delta IV, Nuclear Ballistic Missile Submarine, Alanger 1:350 Scale - The Alanger 1:350 scale K-407 Novomoskovsk, Delta IV, ballistic missile submarine has detail but it is
somewhat overdone. It has the subtlety of a T-34 tank, in that it has simple assembly but gets the job done in an efficient manner. This is a big model of a big Boomer and now you can add it to your fleet. Once completed and
painted, the Alanger
Novomoskovsk will present a very striking model of one of the best, if not the best, of the Soviet ballistic missile boat designs.
SMU-5, K.u.K. Imperial Austro-Hungarian Submarine Holland Design, Wiener Modellbau Manufactur 1:350 Scale - The next time you see The Sound of Music and the sugary singing von Trapp children, you can sing,
"
The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Torpedoes!" The SMU 5, under the command of Georg Ritter von Trapp scored one of the most significant successes of the Austro-Hungarian Navy. All three boats of this Holland design
were active throughout World War One. Now you can have a 1:350 scale miniature of these boats in this outstanding kit from
Wiener Modllbau Manufactur.
USS Virginia SSN-774, Attack Submarine, PitRoad 1:700 Scale - Originally designed under the name Centurion class, the first unit, USS Virginia, was laid down on October 3, 1997. The photographs here show the PitRoad
1:700 scale kit of the
USS Virginia SSN-774. This kit is part of their "The Seven Oceans Story" line of kits in this scale.
Akula Class, Russian Attack Submarine, Pit-Road-Takara 1:700 Scale - This model is just right for those that do not have time to assemble and paint the kits that they already possess. Since there is minimal assembly and
everything is pre-painted and marked, in less than an hour a collector can have a whole fleet of Pit-Road-Takara submarines on display. The 1:700 scale Russian
Akula class is as good a place to start as any.
USS Cachalot SS 170, USN Experimental Submarine 1933, Loose Cannon 1:700 Scale - Man Bites Dog! - How else would you describe a submarine attacked by a tanker? Loose Cannon again succeeds in presenting an
unusual and obscure subject.
Loose Cannon provides a whole class of submarines in 1:700 scale in one box. Of course the Cachalot class of 1933 only consisted of two boats.
U-803 Type IX C/40 Turm II U-Boat, Mirage 1:400 Scale - With all of the excitement over the Revell of Germany 1:72nd scale Type VIIC U-Boat, Bruce Simard wants to show an alternative to the large U-Boat kit. His selection
is the
U-803, built as a late war version of the Type IX C/40 Turm II U-Boat from Mirage in 1:400 scale.
Orzel, Polish Submarine 1939, Niko Model 1:700 Scale - The primary offensive weapon of the Polish Navy at the start of World War Two was a submarine division consisting of five submarines. These submarines were of two
classes, the
Wilk Class of three boats built in France in the early 1930s and the larger Orzel Class of two boats built in the Netherlands from 1936 to 1939. The Orzel, which means Eagle in Polish, arrived in Poland in early 1939. As
Poland fell
Orzel made an epic journey across the Baltic to continue the fight from Great Britain. Niko Model has produced a 1:700 scale model of this historic boat. Review by Steve Backer.
U-Boats of the Kaiser, A Look at Three World War One U-Boats, HP-Models 1:700 Scale - How many submarines have sunk two battleships and one cruiser during their career? The German World War One U-Boat U-21
under command of Otto Hersing did. HP-Models has released a series of 1:700 scale resin models of the Kaiser's U-Boats. This article looks at three of them, the
U-5 early heavy oil burning submarine; the battleship killer U-21 and
the
U-Kreuzer U-156 originally designed as one of eight merchant submarines. Review by Steve Backer.
Casabianca, 1,500 Ton French Submarine, L'Arsenal 1:700 Scale - The Casabianca was one of the large group of 1,500 ton submarines of the Redoutable Class. She probably was the most effective French submarine of
World War Two, as she fought with the allies from start to finish.
L'Arsenal has produced a model of Casabianca in 1:700 scale. The waterline kit is comprised of resin and brass photo-etch parts and a full decal sheet.
Kursk K-141, Project 949A "Oscar II" Cruise Missile Submarine - The Kursk K-141 and the ten other boats of Project 949A were to be submarine equivalents to the Soviet surface navy Rocket Cruisers. Their prime mission
was to kill carriers with their 24 Granit missiles. In August of 2000 the
Kursk was lost northeast of the North Cape. The Russian company Zvezda has produced a 1:350 scale injected plastic model of this huge cruise missile
submarine.
K-21, K Class, Katyusha, Series XIV, Soviet Submarine Cruiser 1938 - The K Class was the best Soviet submarine design to serve in World War Two. These large submarines were designed with crew comfort in mind, to
serve in the Arctic with the Soviet Northern Fleet. Highlights of the career of the
K-21 were her attack on Tirpitz in July 1942 and the first cruise of a Soviet submarine off the coast of the United States in October 1948. Combrig
has a 1:700 scale model of the
K-21, one of six of the first group of the K Class.
D-2, Ex-Narodovolets, Soviet Medium Submarine 1931 - In 1926 the Soviet Union approved plans for their first submarine design. The Dekabrist, later D-Class, was this unsuccessful design. Six boats were built in this class,
which is Series I in the Soviet submarine program.
Combrig has just released a 1:700 scale model of D-2, one of three that were laid down in March 1927 to become the first of the Soviet submarine fleet.
L 3, Ex-Frunzovest, Soviet Medium Submarine 1933 - Since 1925 the Soviet Union sought to build a very large submarine fleet. The second medium boat design was the L Class, originally called the Leninet Class. This design
corrected the mistakes of the preceding design. Twenty-five of this successful design were built from 1933 to 1942.
Combrig now produces a 1:700 scale model of the most successful boat in the class, the L 3.
Casabianca, 1500 Ton Class French Submarine - The largest submarines in the French Navy prior to World War Two, except for the solitary Surcouf, were the 1500 Tonnes Type, also known as the Redoubtable Class. The
Casabianca was one of the last of the 31 boats in the class to be built but had the most significant operational history. L'Arsenal has just released a 1:350 Scale kit of the Casabianca in resin and brass but with optional brass relief
etched nameplates for all 31 boats in the class. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.
The Type VII C U-Boat by Combat Subs - Combat Subs, one of the model lines from Pitroad of Japan, produces 1:350 scale submarine kits. This one is the most numerous type of German U-Boat in World War Two, the Type
VII C
. In-Box Review by Steve Backer.
M Class, Series XII, Soviet Coastal Submarine 1939 - The Soviet Union had a very large submarine fleet at the start of World War II. The most numerous class of submarine in the Soviet Fleet was the M Class, coastal
Submarine.
Combrig has produced a 1:700 model of the M Class Series XII Soviet sub.
USS Halibut, SSGN-587, From Regulus to Special Ops - The USS Halibut, SSGN-587 was the only submarine constructed specifically to launch the Regulus cruise missile. With the success of the Polaris, the Regulus was
relegated to history and the
Halibut gained a Special Operations mission. Tom Dougherty looks at both the Regulus and Special Ops versions of the USS Halibut in 1:350 scale from Combat Subs.
1:192nd Scale Virginia Class SSN John Sheridan conducts a review of the new J&D Productions kit. This is the newest Nuclear Attack Submarine to be built for the US Navy and Don Pruel's kit is a accurate representation of
this class of submarine.
1:192nd Scale Ohio Class SSBN  John Sheridan conducts a review of the new J&D Productions kit. Measuring in at 35 inches when complete, this beautiful model is waiting for those who want bigger and better resin kits.
Type VIIc German U-Boat - The Artitec model of a WWII Type VIIc U-Boat in 1:350 Scale is reviewed by Brad Crisler.
1:350th scale Blue Water Navy SSN-593 USS Thresher buildup and review by John Sheridan
1:350th scale Blue Water Navy SSN-637 USS Sturgeon review by John Sheridan
1:350th scale Blue Water Navy SSBN-641 USS Simon Bolivar review by John Sheridan