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Found 11 results

  1. First plastic model from a kit. Hoping it will be easy, after all it comes with all already made parts and even has an instruction manual. Not expecting to do much modelling (a welcomed break), just assembling. Bought the kit from a second hand shop. Discovered later that a few tiny minor parts are missing. 90% of the parts are still in there template frame. Overall size is 53 cm (about 21"). Not sure if I will mount it on its stand. May include a small diorama afterwards. Done Internet research on the U-2540. Most interior view models were, for some reason, less impressive than what was illustrated on the kit box. I suppose the small scale of the details would be the main challenge here. Thank goodness the kit has some instrumentation decals. Exterior view will NOT include weathering. Though I am very impressed by those who can recreate weathering with such realism, though at times overdone, I have an aversion to it. I like warm and sunny as opposed to cold and dull appearances for models. So this model will look somewhat brand new, just off the slipway. Have no Revell paints, so I cross-referenced to the Humbrol paints that were available to me from the local maritime museum. Be the way, this model will be for the museum (if it turns out okay and they accept it). Some colours were missing, so I mixed up a few to suit.
  2. British HMS TRAFALGAR CLASS SSN I have fought with the design of this model for 3 years! Its soon to be owner has been so very patient. The problem has been wall thickness issues and stability for its intended purpose as one of the minibars. However after trying 100 combinations of infill and other settings. I have a strong 3 to 4mm wall. Still, it will be reinforced and bulkheads added. I had warpage issue in the sail area and a problem with the top. This is nothing some fiberglass ta[e and resin can.t cure. I added miliputt the top to give me a firm base to add some resin and scribe in the details. I am making another for my use as an RC boat. The room inside is very agreeable to just about any ballast system you would want to use. Plenty of space in the sail for masts, lights or whatever you want. Considering making this a kit. Lots of tuning left and fitting the bar for action stations, but the hard part is done!!
  3. From the album: HMCS VICTORIA

    Very stealthy former British SSK. Employees US made MK 48 torpedoes.
  4. Hello friends, It has been quite some time sins my last build log and my work on the VOC ship Surabaya. Many things have come in between but I am trying to spend a few hours so once in a while on a build. I recently obtained a plastic kit of a Dutch WW II submarine that was active during the very beginning stages of the war against the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJP). This particular boat was rather unique in that it had two important new innovations. One was that about 49 % percent of the traditional riveting was replaced with a new welding technique and that a new steel alloy was used for the pressure hull allowing her to dive to a greater depth. After trials proved successful the Koninklijke Marine (KM) or Royal Navy, carried these innovations over to their later build submarines. This included of course by father's submarine, the O19. The kit builder of the O16 is Boris Mulenko who started up PacificCrossRoads and his work can be seen at www.pacificcrossroads.net. Boris is also a member of MSW. Right off the bet I must say that I have no financial interests in his company, other then a mutual respect for the men who fought heroically and gallantly against a determined better trained and equipped foe. His plan is to produce kits of all the ships involved in South-East Asia of the so called ABDA fleet. Abda is the acronym for America, British, Dutch and Australia. Obviously, my interest is not just for the sake of building a model. I was indirectly involved due to my father's service in the KM. He was killed in action during the last major battle on the Java Sea about one year after the O16 was lost in the Gulf of Siam, north of the Malay coast. I heard my father cussing the Japanese for the loss of his comrades. Before my father was promoted in rank to Adjudant he served on the submarines and knew most of the men in that service. The submarine service is like a close-knit family as our submariner member can attest to. In any case, I was then only 7 years old but keenly aware of the coming events that would change my life forever. You can read about my background on the intro pages of the O19 build log. Let me stop here and continue in a day or so. I can then give you all the history of this boat with her war log before proceeding to the actual build of the kit. Cheers,
  5. This build log will cover my building of the 1:72 Revell plastic kit of the Gato class submarine. The decals that come with the kit are for the USS Drum and USS Albacore. However, the fairwater, or conning tower, does not match either boat. But it does match that of the USS Cobia, which is what I will model here. Besides the kit itself which is 52 inches in length when completed, I have also purchased the complete "Big Ed" set of brass photo-etched parts for this kit from Eduard. Where I will display it I haven't decided yet, but it will be on the work bench for quite some time. Painting will mostly be done by airbrush, which I am quite the novice at using. But it should be fun to build. While not needing the skills to build like the wooden kits, I wanted to add this particular model to the log entries due mostly to the size of the model itself. (From Wikipedia:) The United States Navy Gato-class submarines were launched 1941–43 and were the first mass-production US submarine class of World War II. Together with their near-sisters the Balao and Tench classes, their design formed the majority of the United States Navy's World War II submarine fleet. Named after the first vessel of the class, USS Gato, the Gato class and its successors formed the core of the submarine service that was largely responsible for the destruction of the Japanese merchant marine and a large portion of the Imperial Japanese Navy in World War II. Gato's name comes from a species of small catshark. Like most other U.S. Navy submarines of the period, boats of the Gato class were given the names of marine creatures. USS Cobia (SS/AGSS-245) is a Gato-class submarine, formerly of the United States Navy, named for the cobia. Cobia (SS-245) was laid down on 17 March 1943 by Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was launched on 28 November 1943 (sponsored by Mrs. C. W. Magruder), and commissioned on 29 March 1944, Lieutenant Commander Albert L. Becker in command. On 1 July 1970, the Navy struck Cobia from the Naval Register, and she was towed to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to serve as an international memorial to submariners. In 1986, Cobia was incorporated as a part of the Wisconsin Maritime Museum, declared a National Historic Landmark, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cobia is permanently docked at the Manitowoc River's mouth at Lake Michigan.
  6. Amati U-Boat 47 type VIIB After building the Syren I didn't want any more rigging. After building the Arno XI Ferrari hydroplane I didn't want any more brass nails in the deck. After building the Anteo harbour tug I didn't want another double-planked hull. What to build next??? A submarine! Amati offers an attractive kit of a German U-boat from 1939. You can get it for £225.00 from westbourne-model.co.uk, but I found one on eBay for much less. I've had the kit for 6 months and am finally getting started. What's in the Box The meter long box has two divided plastic bins on the sides and one large area in the center for flat materials. The bottom contains a cast resin hull of the submarine. The full-sized plans are about 0.7m x 1 m, and are all in Italian. The hull seems to be two hollow pieces glued together, but I can't find obvious seams. Alas, there are no rivets, panel lines, or other details molded in the hull. There is one sheet of laser-cut plywood parts used to build up the superstructure of the deck. There is also a heavy cardboard sheet, apparently used to identify the plywood parts. There is also a large sheet of photo-etched brass parts used to make all the of the detail on the deck. It seems to be beautifully detailed. One parts bin contains a resin cast conning tower, dive planes, and some miscellaneous small parts. The kit does contain two turned brass mounting pedestals but no wood base. The other parts bin has a decal, and a nice cast sailor and anchor. The props and mounting hardware are, disappointingly, plastic. The instructions are 16 pages long and are written in Italian. But like Lego instructions they are mostly pictures, so I don't think they will be too hard to follow. The English translation is about 1.5 pages long. I'll be starting on this after the holidays. Stay tuned for more.
  7. Little tough building this guy so far. It has nothing to do with the technical aspect of building the model. This brings back some memories of the USS BONEFISH which had a battery fire and burned out, with the loss of three shipmates. At the time of the fire I was on shore duty in Charleston serving in Engine build up of Navy Torpedo Facility. When we heard of the fire we knew our shipmate TM2/SS Ken Kutcher was aboard. We also knew they were abandoning ship. The theory about what the PBXN-103 explosive within the warheads of the MK-48 torpedoes would do when exposed to high temp was just that, a theory. We watched on CCTV as our shipmates lined on the smoldering deck that was so hot their shoes melted to the steel. True submariners they waited as helicopters carried a few at a time to safety. Each second seemed hours as we prayed the weapons designers were right. The plastic explosive should just melt and burn....should. Finally the last soul left the burning ship. There was little else to do but watch it burn and hope for the best. Three days later the fires went out. After a week the sad submarine was towed back to her berth at Pier Mike. I was divorced at the time and volunteered to go inside the burned submarine to check the status of the 12 MK-48 Mod 3 torpedoes. The explosive had indeed melted and some had burned. The situation was now very dangerous. The melted explosive was now devoid of a desensitizer and could detonate from shock or being stepped on. 700 gallons of peanut oil was used provide some reduction of risk as we cleaned up the explosive and off load the weapons. Each day we had to walk by where one of our Sailors departed on Eternal Patrol. I will not go into it but he was unable to be moved until our work was done. BARBEL and her sisters BLUEBACK, and BONEFISH known as the "B Girls" were the first "combat" submarines to use a teardrop hull for greater underwater performance. Diesel powered these little submarines played a big roll in the future development of our Submarine Fleet. Originally launched with bow planes like ALBACORE, BARBEL was soon fitted with planes on the forward end of the sail or as we call them "Fairwater Planes." This move provided two major advantages for the time. 1. Moving the planes gave better depth control at periscope depth. Radar at the time was becoming effective enough to detect periscopes. The whole sail sticking out would be a very good way to have a bad day. 2. This eliminated any mechanical noise near the passive sonar array. for that matter it left more for additional systems that for some strange reason are still classified. To begin the model I selected a very closed grain lemon wood. Tough but workable. Using plans I made half templates, and turned the hull on my little Dremel lathe. Once turned and sanded, the hull was fastened into a building cradle. This not only held the hull secure but gave me a way of making perfect holes for the stand. It also enabled a secure work surface as I planed and sanded the flat deck area. With modern submarines it is very ease to get the hull out of round. Whenever I work I continue to use my waterline marker to ensure the lines are where they should be as I remove material. Ok up next I will get some detail scribed in, build the sail, and see what other trouble we can get into. Chief!
  8. Work-in-progress render of U-576, a Type VIIC U-boat found recently off the coast of North Carolina. The base NURBS model is not mine, although I cannot now recall where I got it. I am in the process of detailing, modifying and retexturing. The camouflage is speculative, based on images of U-576 published by NOAA. The boat's emblem, on the front of the conning tower, would likely have been painted out when the boat was on patrol.
  9. I was searching through the Library of Congress "Historic American Engineering Record" for information on ships and boats and came across this record. I had never heard of the Sub Marine Explorer. It was a submarine built in 1865, to harvest pearls. It was abandoned in Panama after a couple of years use. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/cz0044/
  10. View of the interior of the Confederate submersible H. L. Hunley, as she appeared on her final mission in February 1864 near Charleston, South Carolina. Modeled in Rhino, based on plans by Michael Crisafulli and illustration concept by Dan Dowdey.
  11. Hi. Just noticed another kit being released in the UK. http://www.uboat-collection.com/index.html It's from Hatchetpartworks, It's a nice workable scale and it's got a lot of photo etched parts. Might be available in other country's . Regards Antony.

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