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Just delivered - courtesy of Hannants and Royal Mail - Mikro-Mir's latest 1/350 scale submarine USS Parche SSN-683 - Late Version.

 

Box art - note the divers lockout chamber on the aft casing - disguised as a DSRV..........

 

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The instruction sheet is a flimsy A4 page folded in half ........... the first page gives a brief potted history of the boat and a painting guide (!)...

 

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The reverse is the construction diagram.......

 

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The hull is split horizontally.....

 

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The only other sprue provides the upper and lower decking, sail, control surfaces etc.... note that it DOES NOT include the DSRV !!!

 

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The package is finished off with a small decal sheet for the depth markings and escape hatches - plus a small etched brass part for the propeller and towed-array sonar.

 

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This is another nice kit from the prolific Ukrainian enterprise of Mikro-Mir - but they are being a bit naughty not including the DSRV - as it is already provided in their (Early) version kit....

 

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Note the DSRV at top left.

 

As I have already scratched a model of this version :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_USA.html#USS_Parche_SSN-683_

it will be interesting to compare mine with MM's kit - they probably had more info to hand -

 

I couldn't find much about the 'Hush-Hush' undersides at the time -

but I have just found this cutaway drawing... https://i.pinimg.com/originals/fa/70/a6/fa70a6ef6d59cc1e12d33ca39229e447.jpg

 

All my 1/350 scale subs are here :- http://www.flankers-site.co.uk/model_submarines_link_page.html

 

Stay Safe...

 

Ken

 

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I don't think Parche carried the DSRV lockout chamber after its refit to lengthen it as it didn't need it, the lockout chamber was incorporated in the

extra length of the hull.

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As with most Mikro-Mir sub kits, the parts have large sprue gates and need a lot of 'fettling' (scraping and sanding) to make good mating surfaces.....

 

The ventral structure for the divers saturation chamber is made up from two sides and a floor (or 'roof' - depending on your point of view).....

 

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There are no positive location pips - so I added strips of L-section plastic to form a ledge on which the 'floor' can sit.....

 

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This made locating the sides much easier....

 

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..... although there are still seams to fill.....

 

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Similarly, the top and bottom hull halves needed a lot of work to scrape away flash from the mating surfaces -

I have added strips of thin plastic card to make a better join........

 

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More later.....

 

Ken

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Gluing the upper and lower hull halves reveals the usual join line - easily fixed with the application of filler.....

 

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The join lines in the ventral pannier are filled and sanded smooth......

 

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Ken

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A little progress......

 

Taping the lower pannier to the hull........

 

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...reveals a large mis-fit at the front and rear......

 

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I sanded the mating surfaces to a bevelled-edge - which made the fit better... and finished off with filler.

 

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The Conning Tower/Bridge/Sail is made up from two sides and a top section...

 

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Guess what? - the cutout in the top decking doesn't match the contours of the sail - so more fettling and filler...

 

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Finally - all the major parts are fitted and she's ready for a coat of primer....

 

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I'm hoping that the overall black finish will hide a lot of my botching......

 

More later...

 

Ken

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