USS Andrew Jackson, SSBN-619
Model building should be fun, and putting this kit together was exactly that, FUN! This 19″ model is a repop of the old 1:200 Renwal kit from the early 1960’s offered by Revell in 2004. I had built the Renwal kit and the smaller 1:250 Revell version around the same time way back when. The 1960 Renwal model was all gray plastic while the 1960 Revell kit was molded in several different colors for that added visual appeal kids seem to pick up on. Both subs had Polaris missiles that were spring loaded so when the missile hatch was opened, out flew the missile (careful, you’ll put your eye out!) Each model had hinged hull sides that could be snapped in place to give the sub a complete appearence. For a 10 year old the Renwal kit had a ton of tiny, but detailed, parts and looked great when all glued in place. Some of the detail included “pin up” girls posters molded into the crew’s berthing walls, scandelous! Like all my builds of childhood it was slapped together quickly and was a glue bomb but hey, its’ all about the fun.
When released by Revell a few years ago I had to purchase one and build it with a little more patience than the glue bomb kit of 1960. I did a little research and learned from a sub vet that the entire model’s interior layout was incorrect, or as he put it, “a fantasy”. So from that stand point my paint scheme of the inside is also fantasy, more artistic license than anything real. I wanted a viewer to be able to pick out some of the detail and bright contrasting colors seem the way to go. I did add a few things like all the periscopes and sensors were made from brass, the plastic parts had way too much flash to clean up. I added PE ladders and filled in some gaps fore and aft with large plastic tubing (green parts). Part of the kit’s in-accuracies was that Renwal had to guess what the real sub’s design was. There was a cold war going on and the USN wasn’t keen about their adversaries knowing about the inner workings of a Lafayette Class atomic sub. But all the kit shortcomings aside, it makes up an nice model, the modern subs are not the most visually interesting subjects compared to the WWII types.
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