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Assembling a 1/96 WEBSTER kit

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  • Assembling a 1/96 WEBSTER kit

    I've had this excellent SSY LAYFATTE class 1/96 model kit for over a decade. Got it about 80% done then had to drop the project as I got more involved in the business side of this activity.

    In the interim I've been using the hull and sail as painting and weathering mules. Now with the October NC 'fleet-run' coming up -- an event for only 1/96 and 1/100 scale model boats -- I thought I would finish this beast. Configured as my old ride, the DANIEL WEBSTER -- with bow planes -- I'm about ready to install the SD and get this beast wet.

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    God, it feels good to be doing some fun model work for a change!

    David
    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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    Good to see you being creative too!
    If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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    • #3
      What a great boat!

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      • #4
        Hi David,

        Couple of things. Hope you are feeeling better, saw on another thread you weren't 100%, best wishes from this side of the world.

        At 1/96 I'm guessing around 53 inches, looking forward to the forward dive plane set up in that nose.

        Rob

        ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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        • #5
          Looks Great!

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          • #6
            P.S. What was the idea with the bow mounted diving planes? It appears it didn't work out as it was not repeated........

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              On the port side (it might be on starboard as well don't know) what is that running up the sail? I see it on your picture and this one as well.

              Are you going to keep the bow diving planes fixed and use leveler for dive?
              Last edited by trout; 09-29-2017, 01:03 AM.
              If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by trout View Post
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                On the port side (it might be on starboard as well don't know) what is that running up the sail? I see it on your picture and this one as well.

                Are you going to keep the bow diving planes fixed and use leveler for dive?
                An element of the masker system. Used to change the passive sonar signature of the vessel. I believe the WEBSTER was the only SSBN of ours to use it. I don't remember anything in my qualification package describing it, so I believe the system was deactivated before I came aboard that boat. I'll find my old Piping TAB and will check there for any dope on that, Tom.

                https://www.globalsecurity.org/milit...ms/prairie.htm

                The bow planes on the model will be practical. Working on the linkage now. Push-rod will be magnetically coupled to the bow plane operating shaft bell-crank:
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                David
                "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                • #9
                  This is an interesting sub. I like the dual magnet connector and look forward to the rest of the setup. Thank you for sharing the way you do!
                  If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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                  • #10
                    You guys are great for the magnet connectors.

                    Have one my Skipjack, works a treat, would like to use some on my U557 build, but the postage is a shocker to Ireland for such small parts.

                    Rob
                    ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''

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                    • #11



                      Originally posted by The Boattrainman View Post
                      You guys are great for the magnet connectors.

                      Have one my Skipjack, works a treat, would like to use some on my U557 build, but the postage is a shocker to Ireland for such small parts.

                      Rob
                      Make your own, then. Here's my source.

                      http://www.gaussboys.com/store/index...cylinders.html

                      Get them in bulk and save some cash.


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                      David
                      "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                        Today's work:


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                        David
                        "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                        • #13
                          Has that sci-fi look to me. Like the bow can detach from the rest of the boat and become an independent vessel.
                          Make it simple, make strong, make it work!

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                          • #14
                            Why is there so much down angle on the bow planes?

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                              Originally posted by HardRock View Post
                              Why is there so much down angle on the bow planes?
                              (working on that ZULU motor-bulkhead this weekend, pal)

                              The wave-front of the WEBSTER (or any object in motion through a fluid) conforms to the shape of the objects surface. The Coanda effect. This conformal wave-front extends some distance from the surface. Studies (tow tank, likely) indicated that the relative angle-of-attack of the bow planes at that location on the experimental WEBSTER would place them a bit in the 'down' direction if they were to take the flow at a zero angle of attack with the boat traveling at a zero bubble.

                              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coand%C4%83_effect

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                              (that's me, tenth from the left. As the boats 'swimmer' during the maneuvering watch I wore an inflatable vest, not the orange Kapok life-preserver. This was our arrival at Pearl after departing our staging mooring at Guam. Part of the preparation for the transit to New London for the boats yard period and Poseidon conversion).

                              As last-of-class, the WEBSTER was tasked with several investigations: the bow planes and the first to outfit from the get-go with the A-3 missile --good examples of her ground-braking work. I did nine patrols on the 'pig-fish'.

                              David

                              "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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