1/700 Russian Oscar II Class Sub Kursk

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The Russian Oscar II class Submarines were built to counter the Carrier Task forces of the United States. They were a replacement to the Echo Class submarines of the 60's. They were armed with 24 SS-N-19 missile launch tubes located in middle portion of the hull. These Krasnodar Class Guided Missile Nuclear Submarines (NATO Code Named Oscar II) were huge at  502' long by  59.7' wide and yet could still make 32 Knots underwater at maximum power. The Kursk was one of the newer units of this class and was recently raised from the deep after sinking on August 12, 2000 with 118 sailors.
This is a very simple kit with only a few part. It is a waterline model so only the upper hull is modeled. What it lacks in complexity is made up for in the molding. The hull is well molded with panel lines molded in relief. 
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Since this is a simple kit, it will be the painting and decals that make the difference. A decal sheet is included with markings for the Kursk, Omsk, and Tomsk.
The instructions are basic but this kit is so simple, you will not have a hard time figuring out where everything goes by referencing the exploded views.

There is no photo etch included in this kit.


A simple kit of a formidable sub. There is very little that the modeler can add to improve this kit other than a good finish. This would be an easy build and will look impressive alongside some of the smaller submarine subjects.

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