Hobby Boss 1/700 USS Los Angeles SSN-688
When does a boat become a
Technically, any vessel over 60
ft in length is a ship, unless they are submersible.
Thatís why subs are boats.
Submariners refer to a boatís
class by the class boats number.
That is why the
brief note of introduction:
although I enjoy aviation
history, I will build anything that holds my interest more than 10 minutes,
(A D D, maybe?).
I built this kit for a coworker
who was a torpedo man on the
Not much to it: glue the halves together and address the seam. Next is the sail. Choose a bridge. I chose the diving bridge since the scope and aerials are so out of scale. For the seam I used super glue. Something that works for me is to leave a little sanding dust, and then run liquid cement down the seam, capillary action keeps the cement where I want it and it dries fast. The panel lines are recessed and straight, quick swipe with the hobby knife and presto, allís good.
|COLORS & MARKINGS|
Have I mentioned how simple a build this is? Primed with rattle can gloss black, antifouling red lower hull, panzer grey sonardome and a gold screw. The black and red are cheap rattle cans of enamel I had knocking about. (Some store no name.). The panzer gray is Tamiya acrylic. The rest are Testors ľ oz square bottles. Since Iím doing a specific boat, I covered the name and painted over it on the stand, but left the scale. With only six or seven decals, the hard part was waiting for the paint to dry! I used gloss paint, so no gloss coat needed. Since I could find no photos of numbers on the sail, I skipped them.
All thatís left is to secure the model to its stand and add the dive planes and screw. A little touch up to the paint and after that a coat of Testors dull coat to seal the decals.
you are looking for a small simple kit with great fit and low parts count,
an affordable diorama possibility or just something different, you canít
beat this great kit. For me I am honored to have built this kit for a friend
so he can share his adventures with a future generation.
Remember, when you are all out of wine, all thatís left is port.
Editor's Note: On a personal note, when I retired in 1993, I chose to have my retirement flag flown over, on, and under the water (so to speak). Over was Blue Angel #2, on was the USS Valley Forge, and under was the USS Salt Lake City.
Google searches and Google images for SSN 688 and SSN 716.Drew Pratt
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