Archive for December, 2010

31
Dec
10

Secondary hull masters coming to a close…

Got all the scribing done on the secondary hull today. Now I’m in the process of attaching the first half of the neck to it’s matched side of the hull. Once the epoxy sets up over night I can the match the opposite side and glue it on. Then a bit of putty on both halves and some cleaning up and that ends the secondary hull masters. That should all happen tomorrow.

Next up to finish off the pylons. That should take a day and it on to the last part. The nacelles.

I’m already working on getting 10 gallons of silicone. That’s over a grand of silicone. Yikes. Hoping to find a deal!

Steve

Click on the pictures for a larger image.

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30
Dec
10

Back at the Big E…

Finally back to the Big E. Sorry to bore you but I’m fuzzy and found more bugs in the hull. So I spent the day preening some more. It’s nearly there. I will be able to scribe the hull tomorrow. Then it’s attach and align the neck to both halves. That will rap the secondary hull.

Here’s some pictures. Got to scribe the neck. The scribing needs a bit of clean up but only for aesthetics. After all these are only markers for the windows you’ll drill and file to the outside edge. Still…

Steve

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28
Dec
10

Alfa Class Submarine Finished!

So here she is all finished and raring to go. Tonight and tomorrow are heavy rain again. So Thursday is trim and video day.

Back to the Enterprise! Before 2 Type 23’s and a Disney Nautilus show up! I maybe have a couple of weeks and I’ll get the Secondary hull done this weekend and start the nacelles next week.

More then ,

Steve

25
Dec
10

Here’s the real or full sized P-40. What a lovely sound…

25
Dec
10

A P-40 Warhawk for Christmas!!!

My wonderful wife and daughter gave me this beautiful P-40 for Christmas. Kyosho did as usual a great job on this old girl. Very little to build. Add engine, servos, radio and go fly! Oh decals retract skirts and a few other trim parts.  With my busy schedule these days it’s the way to go. All wood built and covered. Fiberglass cowl. Counter rotating retracts built in and flaps! A full house. It’s the only way to fly.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Expect some building pictures along the way with everything else. Can’t wait to fly this class act!

Steve

24
Dec
10

More on the secondary hull…

Well why I wait on the cold and damp to dry out the paint on that submarine I had some time today to work on the secondary hull.

Got the blocks filled in behind the tabs. There’s still a gap to fill. Custom Replicas had that filler attacked to the array cone. But I extended the thickness of the blocks in as close as I could go and still get the array to fit. When the actual epoxy parts from the molds get assembled it will be easy to fill this slight gap in with a finishing glaze putty.

I’m getting real close to attaching the neck and scribing so I can move on to the last part of these masters. The nacelles.

I’ve had a lot of people ask me how will I light this model. Remember. These are the masters not the actual model. The masters will be molded and the actual model made in epoxy glass. Just in case you new to this thread and didn’t go back a read through it.

Steve

The raw balsa.

I hardened the edges with thin CA and cover with spot putty. This will sit until tomorrow and be sanded smooth.

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22
Dec
10

Russian sub build holds the front

I’ll be working on this boat another couple of days. I will post some nearly finished pictures tomorrow.

Back to the Big E Sunday through the next couple of weeks before 3 more subs come knocking on my door to be built. One is the Disney Nautilus.

Steve

20
Dec
10

Big sanding and filling over!

Well all I did today was spot and point. Until the hull was nice and smooth. Although there’s still some pointing up to do on the indentations. But all the big sandiing and smoothing is done. Just the little stuff left to do.

Neck is perfect and ready to scribe. So tomorrow I’ll add those blocks behind the tabs and finish the pointing. Scribe the neck and hull and add the neck to the hull.

Things will slow down a bit for the next 3 days while I finish off a Russian RC sub model for a customer. But I’ll do both!

Steve

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And here’s that Russian Alfa Class boat. I have to finish her off. Do a custom paint job and test her in the pool this week. Busy, busy. 😉

19
Dec
10

More of same…but nearly there

Well I’m afraid it’s a bit of more of the same today. However I finally have the real primer coats on. The primer shows well the few divots and dings left to point up but there aren’t many left. So I’m finally past being covered in red dust and all that horrible heavy sanding.

I’ve placed on the front ends of the hulls the array gets mounted to and blended them in. Tomorrow I can fill in behind the flat tabs sticking out of the hull with wood and taper it to fit the array outer cone.

Once the nearly two cans of primer completely cure out I can start scribing windows and attach the neck.

More tomorrow.

Steve

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18
Dec
10

Sanding and filling and…

Sand fill. Sand fill. More sanding. Filling and oh…some primer! Oh wait a minute. More slight filling with spot putty and tomorrow final sanding and primer again. But it’s damp and raining here for the next week so it’s going to go slow. Darn it. Things are not setting or drying fast!

Steve

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P.S. Isn’t amazing how the hull looks like a Coke bottle when its straight all the way back from the very front curve to the hanger deck. Pictures lie and make up illusions for sure. It’s no wonder so many people though they saw that curve on the secondary hell when there is none. The pictures that show it the most are the wet primered pictures. A lesson to the wise. Question and then measure and question again.




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