HMS Astute - Hobbyboss 1/700

Another 3.5 euro kit by Hobbyboss, this time the HMS Astute.

HMS Astute is a nuclear-powered submarine in the Royal Navy, the lead ship of her class. Astute was ordered from GEC's Marconi Marine (now BAE Systems Submarine Solutions) on 17 March 1997. She was laid down on 31 January 2001, 100 years to the day since the keel was laid down for Holland 1, the first Royal Navy submarine. Astute was built in Barrow-in-Furness and launched on 8 June 2007 by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. Now that she has been commissioned, Astute is one of the most 'advanced submarines in the world'.[3]

As usual, the sprues are in separate poly bags with some of the finer bits wrapped in foam sheet. There really isn't much to this one though the builder will have to break out the drill twist set. The various antennas and things on the bridge will need to have their mounting holes drilled by the modeller prior to installation.

The rest of the build is simply assembling the hull halves, the upper and lower stabilizers, the dive planes and the rear prop housing. Those particularly unmotivated can leave off the upper bridge stuff as those would be fully retracted when under water. A three piece display stand with the boat's name already printed on it and a nicely done decal sheet (not shown) complete the kit.

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