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About torpedochief

  • Birthday 08/20/1963

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    Charleston SC USA
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    Whale Ships, Submarines, Warships, Ships in Bottles, Scrimshaw, History, Clippers. Author of Two Submarine Novels

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  1. Making Pens

    Ohhhh very nice pens indeed!!
  2. Making Pens

    Recovering from cutting off my thumb...opps. So before I get my fine motor skills back I am attempting therapy by turning pens from Battey Well wood from USS DALLAS SSN 700, Jack Danial's oak barrels, a new product Elfylron which is an ivory substitute, and Olive Wood from Bethlehem, Israel.
  3. USS SANTA FE Bottle in a Ship

    Minibar built for the former commanding officer of the USS SANTA FE SSN 764. Contains CROWN 3 shot glasses, a deck of playing cards, two Cuban cigars, Cigar cutter, and a lighter. Now homeported at the office of Commanding Officer Submarine Group 2, Squadron 10
  4. Any Southern Shows?

    Dear Friends and Shipmates, Feeling pretty much adrift down this way. Does anyone know of model ship shows or clubs or anything here in the Southern area of the USA? I'm in South Carolina. Thanks Chief
  5. 1/16 Scale TIGER 1

    A three-year project finally completed. This big cat now features High voltage Main gun Flash, Servo recoil, Clark TK 22 control, and soundboard, Metal Tracks, Working Headlight, 4:1 Reduction Gears, Metal Drive Sprocket and Idler, Flashing Bow and COAX MG 34s, Track adjusters, Smoke systems, and it plays the Panzer Leid. All external fittings are nickel and photo-etch. Barrel and muzzle brake are brass and aluminum. The suspension is actual torsion bars just like the real TIGER 1. It is finished in the scheme of the 3rd Company 101st SS at Normandy June 1944. Tiger 334 was knocked out during the fighting.

    1/350 Scale Canadian SSK
  7. Thank you both for the info. Lots of research still to do.
  8. Made from Parts of My Ship

    We bid a final goodbye to USS DALLAS SSN 700 in December. I spent six wonderful years serving onboard and miss it still. I wanted a way for my shipmates and me to have something to hold to remind us of when we were young and on the adventure of our lives. The only part of a submarine that is wood is the in the battery well. This is fine grade maple infused with paraffin wax. The wood holds and supports the batteries with no chance of a spark setting off hydrogen gas. Our lady no longer needed the wood and I was blessed to have some sent to me. The wood is hard to work as the wax and battery acid are a problem. But when you give it some love the results are wonderful. Here are some of the items I have made.
  9. Friends if you are scratch building a project and the plans give no idea of the number of planks to use how is this arrived at? Thanks Chief

    Submarine in a bottle under actual water
  11. Trumpeters 1/144 with self made decals and scratch built masts. This is the Russian sub that launched missile against targets in Syria
  12. My Ship USS DALLAS SSN 700

    The second submarine I was a crew member of. This is the boat I took to war in 1990. Sorry details are still CLASSIFIED. Loved this ship. 1/350 scale. Resin, steel and brass.
  13. USS Sam Rayburn SSBN 635

    One of the old boomers, now long gone. Well sorta This ship had the missile compartment cut out, then the boat was put back together and is now used for training our nukes how to operate a reactor.
  14. Lost with all hands in August 2000. This submarine later became the largest object retrieved from the ocean bottom.

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