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Airfix 1/350 Trafalgar Class Submarine

The Fleet Submarines of the Trafalgar Class are extremely sophisticated, deep diving, high-speed submarines, capable of fulfilling a range of maritime military tasks undreamed of by the strategists of previous generations. Their most important role is to seek out and destroy other submarines that may pose a threat to any friendly force.

  • Model Scale 1/350
  • Number of Parts 41
  • Dimensions (mm) L245 x W28
  • MSRP: $12.99 USD
  • Kit # A03260

The Kit:

Here is another kit of a well known British deep sea hardware. There is not a high number of parts involved and like the recent Airfix Red Arrows Hawk, this can be a fun project for the weekend. I didn’t find any fit problems with the lower and upper hull halves.

Worth mentioning is the fact that the lower hull half is comprised of two parts. So the finished super structure is comprised of 3 parts instead of the traditional 2 halves found in other submarine model kits.

To tackle the seam line on subs, I let the cement do its work first. I get wet/dry #320 or #400 grit sandpaper from my local supplier. Then I cut small 2 x 6 inches (approx) strips. I wet sand the seam in a old shoe polishing motion. It does work very nice on round surfaces, and if you can find a helping hand (in this case my wife), you can have this done in a matter of minutes.

Painting and Decals:

The kit was painted using Tamiya XF-1 Flat Black and my Aztek  A470 airbrush using the Tan Nozzle. The a coat of  Testors Model Master Acryl Flat Clear. Once the clear gets dried, I use a an old cotton shirt to polish the kit. This leaves the model with a slight sheen.

For the price of this model kit, I was surprised to find good quality decals in it. They were applied over a puddle of Microsol decal solution without the need of gloss coating. This saves me valuable bench time. Once the decals were set, another coat of Acryl Flat Clear was applied.

Speaking of decals, there are markings for 7 Submarines. The kit provides the necessary parts to build a Trafalgar (S107) 2008-2009. A few necessary parts are provided as well for the following subs:

  • HMS TURBULENT
  • HMS TIRELESS
  • HMS TORBAY
  • HMS TRENCHANT
  • HMS TALENT
  • HMS TRIUMPH (Used on this kit)
Final Note
This is a very nice and reasonable priced model kit. The decal sheet alone is well worth in my *personal* opinion the price tag. The kit features very nicely engraved detail for its scale. If you’re looking for a new challenge or simply because you love these steel behemoths of the sea, I’m very sure that you’ll be pleased with this kit. Highly Recommended.

Review sample courtesy of my wallet.

Weathered with Salt Streak AK 306 kindly provided by AK Interactive.

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George Collazo
George Collazo
George has been hosting review sites and blogging about toy collectibles, travel, digital photography and Nikon digital imaging since 1998. His first model kit build was a Testors 1/35 DODGE WC-54 in 1984.
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