Trumpeter 1/144
USS Seawolf Attack Sub

Reviewed by Timothy Dike
The USS Seawolf is the United States Navy's first all new Attack Submarine since the Skipjack class. This large new sub is both fast, and quiet, and armed with a formidable array of weapons. The Seawolf can target 75% of the land mass of the world and enemy ships at long range. Equipped for a variety of missions these subs are designed to operate in forward areas with little need for support. These subs are more capable than the preceding Los Angeles Class Attack subs that are designed to replace. Originally designed to defeat the best Soviet Subs before they could close on the US and launch their weapons. There are currently three of these subs in service; SSN 21 Seawolf, SSN 22 Connecticut, and SSN 23 Jimmy Carter. Additional subs orders were canceled with the demise of the Soviet Union.
Displacement  7,460 ton surface displacement
9,137 tons submerged displacement
Length 353 feet (107.6 meters)
Draft 35 feet (10.67 meters)
Beam 40 feet (12.2 meters)
Speed 35 knots maximum submerged*
20 knots tactical ["silent"] speed*
Operating Depth About 1600-2000 feet*
Armament eight 660-mm torpedo tubes and
50 Tomahawk cruise missiles or
50 Harpoon antiship missiles or
50 Mark 48 ADCAP torpedoes or
up to 100 mines or a combination of the above
Propulsion System One S6W reactor driving one shaft with 52,000 SHP
Crew 12 Officers, 121 Enlisted
* Unofficial numbers.
This latest release from Trumpeter captures the immense proportions of the Seawolf class in 1/144 scale and scales out at about 29". The hull is cast as two halves, with a separate bow and stern piece. The first sprue contains the half of the hull, some of the sail plane, and other details. The hull is nicely engraved with panel lines and what little surface details is evident on the prototype. The huge propeller shroud is molded as one piece. 
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The second sprue contains the bow and stern halves. The sail is also two halves with a separate top on the other sprue. The propellers look a little flat, but will be hard to see when installed in the shroud.
A stand is included to display your sub.
A nice decal sheet is included with hull numbers for the Seawolf. Also on the sheet are the camouflage usually applied to the periscopes and depth markings for the hull 
The instructions consist of a well illustrated six page booklet. There are several sub-assembly views that show all phases of the construction as well as decaling and painting.
Another impressive kit from Trumpeter. Some may question the choice of scales, but there are already a number of subs in this scale and you can now display a Seawolf alongside them. This kit retails for $32.95 (USD), but can be found on sale for less in most places.

Thanks to Stevens International for the review sample. They are the exclusive importer for Trumpeter kits in the US. If your hobby shop does not carry Trumpeter kits have them contact Stevens International  or try their Hobby Shop Locator to find one.