This is the 1/700 scale USS Balao SS-285 Submarine plastic model by Hobby Boss For ages 14 years and up

HobbyBoss BALAO SS-285
 Hobby Boss # hbo87011
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Hobby Boss Item # hbo87011
Specifications :
  • Length: 5.346.85" (174.74 mm)
  • Width: .44" (11.18 mm)
  • HobbyBoss Product Number: 87011
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"nice model"
Nice and easy for the price, good detail even for the size too

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Highly detailed plastic pieces molded in grey Includes black stand Waterslide decals Includes markings for: USS Balao SS-285 Illustrated assembly guide on back of box Painting and marking guide included.


  • Length: 5.346.85" (174.74 mm)
  • Width: .44" (11.18 mm)
  • HobbyBoss Product Number: 87011


(1) 1/700 USS BALAO SS-285

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"tiny balao"
The kit is well detailed for it's size but has no railings for the conning tower as they would be so small and fragile that it is simply not possible to make them. The hull is either waterline or full hull the props and rudder are 1 piece and go in real easy. The front dive planes come either up or down they are 1 piece as well and go in real easy. The conning tower is only 2 pieces and 2 guns. the main gun just pops on, then your done except the stand which is 3 parts. It took about 20 minutes to build and another 2o0 minutes to paint and decal. Over all a very nice kit as is becoming the standard i expect from hobbyboss 1/700 subs by all means get this little guy it's cheap and doesn't suck up a lot of shelf space and is useful as a wargaming piece as well as a showboat on the shelf.

"Decent kit."
beaubowden6 (Troy Ohio)
This is a three star mostly because of the size. It is pretty small. About 5 1/2 inches long. With this size there is not much possibility for details. It is a good kit, however, to add to your collection.


Due to small parts that could cause choking hazard, please keep away from children 3 years of age and younger.

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