PLA (Chinese) Type 039G Submarine 1:200 Scale Hobby Boss Model Kit #82001 Review

2016 February 29
by Doug

Right On Replicas, LLC Step-by-Step Review 20160229*
PLA (Chinese) Type 039G Submarine 1:200 Scale Hobby Boss Model Kit #82001 Review

Review and Photos by Steven Hardwick Steven Hardwick

Designed in 1994 for attacking both other submarines and surface ships with torpedoes, the submarine uses a modern teardrop-shape hull for underwater performance. The hull incorporates four rudders and is propelled by a single propeller. For quieter operation, the engine was mounted with shock absorbers and the hull is plated in rubber tiles for sound deadening. Primary weapon for the Type 039 is the 533 mm Yu-4 torpedo. The main sensor is the medium-frequency sonar mounted in the bow of the submarine, with passive and active modes, which is used for both search and attack. In addition, the system offers a method of underwater communications, and also functions as a torpedo approach warning system. The 039G was redesigned in 2001. (NOTE) On one incident on October 26, 2006, a Chinese Song class submarine “popped up” and “surfaced within firing range of its torpedoes and missiles before being detected” within 5 nautical miles (9 km) of the carrier USS Kitty Hawk while she was operating in the East China Sea between Japan and Taiwan

For the Modeler: This review covers the Hobby Boss 2009 release of the PLA (Chinese) Type 039G Submarine 1:200 Scale Model. This is Kit #82001 in the current catalog. This is a Skill Level 1 kit. It has 48 parts and comes molded in light grey styrene on one tree 000b with a left and right hull, a display stand, one photo etch propeller, waterslide decals and instructions. The instructions are on the back of the box and are very basic.  There is a small but crisp decal sheet but, unfortunately, numerous mistakes both in assembly and part numbering.  Use the full review as a guide for successful completion of this kit. The finished dimensions are approximately Length: 17¼”, Width: 2½”, On Stand Height 6⅛”.

Covered in this Review:  If you want to perfect your build; basic construction; preparing parts for better finishing; alternate assembly sequence suggestions for fit and ease of finishing; complete paint and adhesive selections and applications; test fitting; cautionary notes regarding rail installation; correcting part number assignments; highlighting and detailing the propeller; exterior color scheme masking; how to detail the conning tower; using matte colors for proper luster; correcting instruction errors; display stand suggestions; adding mounting hole locations for parts; suggested tool list; identifying and filling seams and extra sprue attachments; are all fully examined in this 9 page, full-color Step-by-Step review in PDF format.


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