Italeri's PT-596 Torpedo Boat is a huge model. At 1/35 scale, the hull length is 700mm (27.55"). This gorgeous, first ever kit of this type from Italeri contains 322 parts molded in olive green plastic, plus one clear acetate sheet for the windows, one photoetched fret containing 86 parts for torpedo fins, rocket launchers sides, 37 MM. gun ammo conveyor, gunsights, main mast aerials, instruments panel, deck lights, and seven screws. The one piece hull and single piece deck are wonderfully detailed, as are the on-board twin 0.50 Cal. machine guns positions. Finely engraved Mk.13 torpedoes with side impulse launchers, containing 17 parts for each unit add to the spectacular realism, along with the detailed exhaust with silencers and rear smoke generator. There's more. Highly detailed 20 MM. Oerlikon and 37MM. M4 guns (the M-4's adapted from the P-39 aircraft) add to the armaments, with two fearsome, front multiple rocket launchers and reserve weapons boxes on the deck. The propellers are accurately shaped, as expected in a model of this quality and precision. The meticulous in-depth exactness doesn't stop here; A 40 MM. dual role Bofors gun, (a kit within a kit, containing more than 50 parts is included too). Italeri has given the model builder a choice of open or closed positions for the various escape and entrance doors on the deck. The decal set is for the PT-596 that was in service in the very last days of WWII. There's even a reference manual included with the history and actual photos of the full size boat. This magnificent model exemplifies Italeri's "Culture of Modeling".