Trumpeter lists this kit as USS Gato 1944, but it is more correct for the way Gato looked in 1943, before her second refit, as seen here in the first photo. The Fairwater had been cut down and two 20mm Oerlikons added, as well as an SJ radar in front of the periscope shears.
You’ll notice she is still painted overall black. The second photo shows Gato after her second refit, which is how I chose to model her.
In this configuration she was painted in Measure 32 and the Fairwater was cut down even further. The SJ radar was moved aft of the periscope shears, and the SD radar was given a separate tower. Her armament was also upgraded, the original 3" main gun was replaced with a 4", and a 40mm Bofors was added to her pair of 20mm guns. Most of my work was involved in modifying and detailing the Fairwater.
The last photo shows the Fairwater just test fitted to the hull. I painted it separately before cementing it into place. In the photo you can also see that two of the deck stanchions were replaced. These were mounts for .50 cal. MG’s. The railings were the biggest challenge and took a lot of trial and error.
It was a lot of work, but well worth the effort and I’m quite satisfied with the results. Thanks for looking. All comments and questions are welcome.