Reviewed by Sean Hert

The USS Skate was the third nuclear powered submarine built, and the first class of nuclear powered submarines in the world. This class of 4 submarines was also the only class of US nuclear submarines without a hull optimized for underwater operations. Although small, this versatile class of twin-screwed submarines all had long services lives.


Skate is molded in the standard OKB manner; full hull with a keel mounted sprue running the length of the sub. Engraved surface details and no periscopes or other masts.



A small photoetch fret is included, with right and left handed five-bladed props and tiny resin prop hubs.


Skate does not include any instructions.


OKB continues to expand their coverage of 1/700 scale modern submarines, offering a breadth of subjects unmatched by any other manufacturer in either plastic or resin. Each subject appears well researched and detailed, and worth getting for your collection. Skate has a retail price of around $20.00 USD.

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