HobbyBoss 1/700 Kilo submarine
18 rmb at Xinshi
is a relatively recent diesel-electric submarine from Russia. Designed
to operate in shallow waters on anti-shipping and anti-submarine
missions, it is quite small and supposedly fairly quiet. Unusually for a
submarine, the Russian ones at least are armed with the SA-8 or SA-10
surface to air missiles, which would be a nasty surprise for a Seahawk
or Orion if it came to the crunch.
The KILO also serves with India, China and Vietnam, as well as
Poland, Iran, Romania and Algeria.
The KILO is also the subject of a rather idiotic book by Patrick
Robinson (no, not Patrick O'Brien who wrote Master & Commander). In it,
the US is freaked out by the fact China is buying a few KILOs from
Russia so they wade in and destroy them with their own subs and a SEAL
team. Just have a look at the reviews on Amazon to see how hopelessly
mired in inaccuracy, stupidity, un-realism and one-dimensional cultural
stereotypes (of all sides in the story) this book is.
Or, spend your time more effectively by buying a Hobby Boss
submarine and entering the MM submarine contest!
I really like Hobby Boss. It gets knocked occasionally but I like
what they've tried to do.
This is from their website:
"HobbyBoss, a professional manufacturer of static plastic model kits
has became a world famous modelling company and brand after 6 years' hard
work. Continually improving and making the
best products are the operation philosophy and responsibility of HobbyBoss.
"HobbyBoss has advanced equipments, standard management, and passed
a lot of authentication. We will release more and more better items to
serve the modellers all around the world with professional group, high
technique and strict attitude."
They're doing so, too, I think. With each new release they seem
generally to be improving and - with the exception of those terrible
Spitfires in the easy build series - I have always been happy with my Hobby
All that is by way of not having much to say about this kit. It's a
submarine in 1/700. How many parts do you think it has?
What is there is nicely moulded. I suppose the propeller could be a
bit thinner. Beyond that it's hard to really analyse it in too much depth. A
sub has a hull, a couple of fins, a prop and a few periscopes. So does this
Well, if there's not much to say about the parts, there's even less to
say about construction. Put the hull together. Add the prop, fins and
Move to the paint shop.
you getting the theme yet? Paint it black, as Mick Jagger sang. A bit of white
for the periscopes (and other masts) and white ring around the two hatches. A
suitable bronzey colour for the propeller.
I suppose if you wanted to you could do the bottom half in hull red.
And you're done!
Fun. If you need something fast to get on the shelf, just to remember
how it feels to actually finish a model, this is your kit. It can be done and
finished in about ten minutes, plus the time the paint takes to dry!
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