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  1. Well I guess my build is underway. I began by using a set of digital calipers to measure the width of the keel. I then divided by 2, set the calipers and made a faint mark on the charred sides of the keel pieces at the scarf joints. Using those marks as a gage I began to cut and file my way down. As I got close I began using the calipers themselves to check for high spots. I'll glue them up once I run to the store and grab some titebond. I followed Chucks advice to take my time and not settle-make it fit. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out. For anyone following along I'll warn you, my photography skills are rudimentary at best and all I have is an iPhone. Maybe that's another area I can improve as the build progresses. Any and all comments and critique is welcome. v/r, Rob
  2. My kit arrived yesterday. I had already committed to working on a repair project at my church but I did have time to gaze lovingly at the contents and conduct an inventory. Everything was there and it looks (and smells) great. I hope to get started today after work. v/r, Rob
  3. Thanks Chuck, I kind of figured that's how you did it. v/r, Rob
  4. It makes perfect sense Rusty. My idea was similar-to take a piece of 1/32" scrap attach it to something thicker/longer and set it against the keel as a gage to set the correct spacing. The 1/32" piece will set the rabbit and the thicker piece will rests against the keel. I hadn't thought of using rubber cement to hold it in place. I will probably make a couple and space them out. I need to find a piece of glass or marble as well. Thanks, Rob
  5. While waiting for my kit to arrive out here in the Pacific NW I've been reading Chucks build log and thinking about how I intend on assembling the keel. I am curious as to how you insure the keel has a 1/32" rabbit on each side (i.e. centering the four 3/32" pieces). I have some ideas but I'd like to hear what more experienced builders have to say.
  6. This group build seems to be a great way to build and learn. I've already (mentally) reserved a spot on the mantle for the finished product.
  7. Hi Mark, Thanks for sharing your technique. I'm a first time scratch-builder working on a Triton cross section. I've been using a disc sander as you describe to true the end joints. It is working but you really need a gentle touch and it takes several tries to get it right. I'm going to borrow your idea and use my table saw with sled. Sounds like a much better way to get the job done right. v/r, Rob
  8. rjones726

    Sound Off, Military & Veterans!

    I served 28 years in the US Navy (1978-2006). Spent my entire time in submarines - USS Seadragon, USS R.B. Russell, USS Parche and USS Ohio. All of my sea duty was in the Pacific. Of all the port visits my favorite was Hobart,Tasmania. Friendly people and beautiful scenery down there. My least favorite would have to be a day spent in Adak, Alaska performing some emergency repairs. Cold, wet and windy doesn't begin to describe it. Nice to read of others experiences. v/r, Rob
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    Thanks Duff, I plan on picking some up in the next week or so at a nearby woodworking store. I appreciate the information v/r, Rob
  10. Hi Ken, I plan on painting the hull. I have also thought about replacing the deck with holly or maybe maple. We'll see. v/r, Rob
  11. It's been a few days since my last update. Life has intruded on the shipyard with visits from my mother-in-law and sister-in-law and various other distractions. I manage to get in a little time here and there - good thing I don't have a schedule to keep. I have no pictures. Maybe later this weekend I'll find time. Progress has been very slow. I continue to shape the stern and bow fillers, fair the hull and get the bulkhead tops sanded for the false deck. I've broken off several bulwark extensions and despite being very annoying they're not that hard to repair. I've taken much longer than I thought I would to get to this point but I think it's time well spent. I've been thinking as I sand away about single planking or double planking. Double planking can be more forgiving but I'm really drawn to the idea of single planking just for the challenge. I have a little more time to ponder that before I need to make a decision. Next update I'll include some pictures of the progress I've made. v/r, Rob
  12. Boy do I remember that smell ! When I would get home after weeks (or months) at sea I would often just toss my clothes in the trash because they reeked so bad. Even the older nuke boat I was on ( USS Seadragon) rationed water. We were allowed to put a stopper in the sink and fill it up to take what we called a "bird bath". We stored toilet paper in the shower stall because it was never used. The article brought back a lot of memories of good times and some not so good with my old shipmates most of whom are middle-aged guys like me now but in my minds eye we're all still young, tough 19 year old steely-eyed killers of the deep. Thanks for posting that Kevin. v/r, Rob
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    Hi Joe, I was on Ohio in late 90's-then during conversion to SSGN in the shipyard 03-05. Before that I was on 3 fast attacks all in the Pacific. Had a ball but I'm glad I'm done. v/r, Rob
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    Don't remove it Kevin. The info on Japanese subs carrying airplanes, and the stuff about the Regulas missile program were great. I was a little taken back by the authors views on how screwed up the submarine force is because we haven't done things the way he'd like. Since you're a bubblehead just like me, I have no doubt you have thick skin
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    Kevin, I served in the US Submarine force for 27 years. I was the Chief of the boat on the USS Ohio SSBN 726 and USS Ohio SSGN 726. I did not read every word but glanced through the article stopping occasionally to read a rant here or there. The author is at best badly misinformed on many aspects of submarine warface and at worst a blithering idiot. I did like the pictures. v/r, Rob

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