Japanese BI I-25 in 1/72

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  • Shipwreckhunter
    Lieutenant, Junior Grade
    • Nov 2011
    • 11

    Dave, Here are some pictures of the submarine that I am working on... A copy of the I-52 C-3... enjoy.. Gene Click image for larger version

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    • oztruck
      Commander
      • May 2010
      • 317

      It's getting there Gene, keep up the good work. How much gold does yours have in it?

      Cheers Chris

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      • Shipwreckhunter
        Lieutenant, Junior Grade
        • Nov 2011
        • 11

        As I get closer to finishing, I have a 1942 Toyota flatbed truck (1/72) that I will paint with the Bank of Tokyo on the doors and have them delivering a load of gold bars to the dock.. I am building a dock for the I-52 to be at, ready to depart for her trip to Lorient, France... So, in answer to your question, it will have 2 metric tons of gold (1/72 scale).. Love the way your I-25 project turned out....

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        • He Who Shall Not Be Named
          Moderator
          • Aug 2008
          • 12437

          You guys are nuts!

          David
          Who is John Galt?

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          • herrmill
            Commander
            • Dec 2008
            • 360

            Don't forget the 3 tons of opium and 14 Japanese technicians. One has to wonder if they also stowed aboard a few KTV girls as a gift for the Krauts! :wink:

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            • redboat219
              Admiral
              • Dec 2008
              • 2814

              That's nothing to the ballast used by USS TROUT- 20 tons of gold and silver.
              Make it simple, make strong, make it work!

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              • Shipwreckhunter
                Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                • Nov 2011
                • 11

                That is why we are on this forum.. Insanity or brilliance, it is amazing how these two words go hand in hand... Herrmil, no KTV or RKTV girls onboard (spent 3 months in China so I am famillar with the term) ... 18 civillians were onboard in there also was one passager who identity was keep secret for the trip to Lorrient... One passenger was listed as an employee of Mitsubishi and the chief ordinance officer...

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                • Shipwreckhunter
                  Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                  • Nov 2011
                  • 11

                  Here are some updated pictures... Still moving forward... How are everyone else's projects coming along ??? Click image for larger version

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                  • Shipwreckhunter
                    Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                    • Nov 2011
                    • 11

                    Here are the new hatches..... Click image for larger version

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                    • modelnut
                      Lieutenant Commander
                      • Jun 2011
                      • 140

                      Where do you get new hatches? I saw earlier in this thread that the kit hatches are way over-sized. What is the solution? Cut the useful bits off and adapt them to reduced hatches?
                      I'm only asking because I ordered the Lindberg before I came here and found out what a load of felgercarb she is. My kit should arrive in the mail by 1 March.

                      - Leelan

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                      • oztruck
                        Commander
                        • May 2010
                        • 317

                        Leelan, welcome. The kit hatches are way to big and for the most part in the wrong places. I used the old hatches to make new ones but it would be just as easy to simply scratch build them. Where did you get the kit from?

                        Cheers Chris

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                        • modelnut
                          Lieutenant Commander
                          • Jun 2011
                          • 140

                          Amazon had two in stock. I had the link saved in an email to myself for over a week while I decided if it was worth the money. I finally broke down and ordered it the Wednesday. I have been looking for the kit in online builds and galleries ever since. Yours is the first I've seen.

                          What did you do about the port side and starboard side not lining up with its weld lines and drain holes? Aren't they supposed to? That is one of the first flaws I saw mentioned online. I think that builder just threw the kit into storage when he saw that.

                          Excellent build BTW! Not that you need me to tell you, newbie that I am. I have had my face pressed to the bakery window for years now when it comes to RC subs. It is an expensive hobby to get into. There is a local chapter of the SC about two hours away from me but I work every weekend so all my interaction is online in forums like this one. Mostly lurking.

                          I have just about every styrene 72 scale sub there in my collection. I hope to build one soon. And I hope to make one RC before I die.

                          - Leelan
                          Last edited by modelnut; 02-24-2012, 07:40 PM.

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                          • modelnut
                            Lieutenant Commander
                            • Jun 2011
                            • 140

                            Isn't this the sub in the Lindberg box?

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                            It looks pretty close to me but I haven't received my kit yet. It looks damn close to the images Lindberg has online. Except for the forward planes and the missing upper rudder.

                            - Leelan

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                            • oztruck
                              Commander
                              • May 2010
                              • 317

                              It need a lot of work but you only have to do it once, then you have a large 1/72 Jap sub.

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                              • modelnut
                                Lieutenant Commander
                                • Jun 2011
                                • 140

                                I'm scratchbuilding Jules Verne's NAUTILUS. Have been for about twenty years now. http://s36.photobucket.com/albums/e9/modelnut/NAUTILUS/ The latest hull is my fourth attempt.
                                I'm not afraid of a lot of work. :wink:

                                - Leelan

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