Hi Chris, thanks... I think....
Hi Dan, thanks! I've been itching to build that Yamato since I got it a couple months back, but I have to resist until I get some other builds out of the way. Will you be posting your Venator on ModelGeek?
To answer your question, in some ways, yes, the Kongo was like a sailing ship and was built in a "plank on frame" manner, except the "planks" are plates of steel. The Kongo class in particular, are a little stranger than most because they were built as battlecruisers. Later, they were upgraded with better machinery, a lengthened hull (for higher speed), and up-armored, to be re-rated as battleships (there are photos of this process where the thicker armor is going on).
Those lines also exist vertically, but since the plates were wider than they were tall, the horizontal lines are easier to see in photos. In actuality, the lines on this model aren't all there as only the horizontals are depicted. There should be verticals too, and this is seen in the hull of Aoshima's Kongo class kits.
The bulges running along midships are the anti-torpedo bulges. These were similar to spaced armor where the idea was for torpedoes to hit the bulges, explode into the bulge and leave the actual hull intact. This sounds good on paper, but once torpedo technology really got under way, those bulges didn't matter. In fact, the Kongo was the only Japanese battleship sunk by a submarine (USS Lion Fish).
The plate of armor immediately aft of the bulges was a plate to protect the workings of the rudders-- a ship without control isn't good (see the Bismarck), so this section got the benefit of one large plate instead of the structurally less-sound two.
Okay, gang, I've collated the log, got the photos prepped, and sent over to Mark for the creation of a Build Feature at some point in the future. Be on the lookout for that as it should help to serve as a "builder's manual" for this kit.