1/32nd scale submarine

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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Mon May 16, 2011 6:32 pm

sweet! what scale are they? im hoping to have this thing complete but the regatta in carmel IN at the begaining of august.
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by standtrooper » Mon May 16, 2011 7:04 pm

The regatta will be awesome!

The Seawolf class is 1/144 -- I don't know whom makes this one, but here's a link to one of the kits http://www.tudayshobbymodels.com/prd_tr ... eawolf_144

The LA I have is a R/C that I bought from Walmart some years back...I have two a Chicago and a Dallas - both work ok, made by Funmaker (the Dallas is currently in pieces pending use of the motors and some other parts in a new WTC). I think the scale is "funsize" ;)

The VIIC is 1/350 by Revell... it's the kit all of the submariners say is 2nd best if you're going to buy one in a kit (and not make one from scratch)

I can't find the link to the Robbe that I want to get, but it's also a VIIC and comes with everything you need to run right out of the box...some assembly required.
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Mon May 16, 2011 8:36 pm

the Robbe one is sweet. some day ill get one. i really like his early war VIIB kit he offers from time to time. but, it is cheeper to scratch build one in the long run. i have around 150 in the hull itself, 250 in the wtc. i have a revell VIIC early war in 1/72nd and a Gato in the same scale. some day soon they will be running as well. were you aware Matt Thor lives in kansas? small world!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by standtrooper » Tue May 17, 2011 7:25 am

1/72nd VIIC... giggles...nawty giggles -- and a 1/72 Gato -- more giggles.

My goal is to have two submarines (I'm a huge fan of the VIIA/B/C/D series and Gatos are a close second) - anyway, I want a VIIC (I'd love a 1/72nd) and I want to mod a larger scale Typhoon, Seawolf or LA with a camera in a clear dome on the front.

I'd like to hook up the VIIC with firing torpedoes and have designed an auto-rail-load system for the front and back.

One year, I'd like to take some submarines to one of the large battles where you put your ship in the water and battle it out. Even if that's in Australia at the regatta there.

No, I didn't know Matt Thor lives in Kansas...sweet!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Tue May 17, 2011 9:47 am

if your interested, i can send you pdf plans and hull sections to a 1/72nd scale typhoon. at 1/72nd she would be 8ft long.

i replaced the clippard valve that kevin included in the kit. the valve controls the 'blow' function on the ballast tank, and sits on top of the brass tube in the bottom of the ballast tank. the brass tube will be charged with propel and will be the source of the on board air supply. more soon!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by standtrooper » Tue May 17, 2011 1:06 pm

Giggles. I'd love the plans, that'd be sweet.

I'm looking forward to seeing more!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Tue May 17, 2011 8:21 pm

i will gather them up and get with you soon!

more progress today! i drilled and squared the holes on the bottom of the hull. thanks again for the info on that Matt! i also cut the hull, and removed the warpage that was there. fiberglass is curing right now as we speak. enjoy.

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top of the hull

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bottom cut

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and the free flood holes on the bottom right side of the sub. left is similar.
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Wed May 18, 2011 11:54 am

so far today i have built the emergency buoy and started on the rear access hatch.

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more progress soon!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Wed May 18, 2011 9:15 pm

and here she is with a light primer coat on. i had to resribe some details since they were starting to fade after this last coat of primer.

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the warpage is 100% better! not perfect, i can see where she is still off a hair twords the prop, but i think the diveplanes go in that area, so they might draw your eye away.
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by standtrooper » Thu May 19, 2011 7:29 am

she's sooo pretty... Looking great!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Fri May 20, 2011 9:56 pm

thank you! more progress today! i decided to do something a bit differant. i started on a few detail pieces tonight. i took some styrene i had and started building conning tower parts.

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i think im going to have the radar mast up, the search peirscope and the mast furthest back.... the one with the four loops on it, not too sure what to call that one. enjoy!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Sat May 21, 2011 3:57 pm

more progress this morning. built the free flood doors for some extra detailing.

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i also started installing the ribs to support the WTC. it wasnt easy to get it to be level, but with some trial and error i managed to get it very close.

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and here is a shot of some alignment tabs i made to keep the hull together. you can see the lower rail i installed in the above photo

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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Sat May 21, 2011 11:14 pm

i went ahead and cut the control surfaces free of the rudders and dive planes. that apoxie scuplt is some tuff stuff, and my dremel had trouble cutting it. none of my other saws seemed to cut it. they will be tough!

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there is a few spots i need to fix, a few boo-boo's but nothing bad!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Tue May 24, 2011 11:34 pm

i cant believe i am here! i thought id never see this moment. i have the dive planes and rudders attached!!!!! i checked, and triple checked to see if they were square. they appear to be, but the true test will be how they look with the upper hull attached. i will see in the morning.

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i used some fiberglass resin i have from building the hull. in theory it should work i hope. more soon!
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Re: 1/32nd scale submarine

Post by the dark knight » Wed May 25, 2011 9:30 am

not too shabby! work will continue today! she will be in the water very soon!

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