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Jimmy Carter - 1/144

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  • #46
    My first sub was the Trumpeter Seawolf. It is a Rocket. I added a taped on extension to the bottom rudder and still had a turning circle of nearly 20'. But, boy it's neat looking!!

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    • #47
      Many thanks to David for supplying me with some proper fittings. A couple of questions, just because I don’t want to c*ck this up...

      * On the stern horizontal planes, I see how the inner and outer segments are intended to be ganged together. What is the recommended method for securing the individual components to the shaft so they move in unison? There’s a number of ways I can think to do it, but I’m just curious what the more experienced voices have to say about it.

      * Regarding the forward and after parts of the pump-jet and the orientation of the stators in relation to the two halves. Looking at the unit from behind, do they need to be oriented in line with each other so they’d form an X-shape, or in such a way that they’d form kind of an asterisk shaped arrangement?

      * I’m a pilot, and a worrier, so I sleep good at night with multiples of mission critical parts. David, can I still reach out to you if a component needs replacing some day?


      As always, gents, I appreciate your help and patience.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by DMTNT View Post
        Many thanks to David for supplying me with some proper fittings. A couple of questions, just because I don’t want to c*ck this up...

        * On the stern horizontal planes, I see how the inner and outer segments are intended to be ganged together. What is the recommended method for securing the individual components to the shaft so they move in unison? There’s a number of ways I can think to do it, but I’m just curious what the more experienced voices have to say about it.

        * Regarding the forward and after parts of the pump-jet and the orientation of the stators in relation to the two halves. Looking at the unit from behind, do they need to be oriented in line with each other so they’d form an X-shape, or in such a way that they’d form kind of an asterisk shaped arrangement?

        * I’m a pilot, and a worrier, so I sleep good at night with multiples of mission critical parts. David, can I still reach out to you if a component needs replacing some day?


        As always, gents, I appreciate your help and patience.
        The inboard and outboard elements of the stern planes share a common operating shaft. Turn the shaft, and both elements work in unison. Secure the outboard element with CA and the inboard element with RTV adhesive (easily broken if you have to remain anything back there.

        No guidance on the orientation of the two sets of stators. Just wing it, pal. One of the many, many things I don't know about the prototypes geometry.





        You need anything, give me a shout.

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

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        • #49
          As I was working David's resin fittings kit onto my 1/144 Carter and realized I had enough spare parts left over to throw together a static model of either Seawolf or Connecticut. Aside from the neatness of having the "short hull" boat to compare with my rendition of SSN-23, I thought it would make for a handy test mule of sorts to practice my technique for paint and finishing when it comes time to do it for real. There's not a lot of ways to make an all black boat look interesting, so I've done my best with the waterline algae accumulation and by making the sonar dome a little darker than the rest of the hull.

          I settled on Tamiya Rubber Black (TS-82) for an overall color on the hull, and the dome was rubbed with Vallejo carbon powder. I'm thinking of painting the squares in the middle of the WAS arrays something like a flat black, just to add more contrast to the hull. I also tried my hand at some topside streaking, but the gray I used kept getting washed out by the matte overcoat I applied to seal it in. Perhaps something with more contrast, like white, would hold up to that process better. There's a fine line between nailing it and totally overdoing it.

          Overall though, I'm pretty happy so far. Comments and criticism are welcome!

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          • #50
            Good balance. Nice.

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

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            • #51
              Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
              Good balance. Nice.

              David
              Thank you!!

              It's just about time to do it on the other one now, which means we're a lot closer to being in the water than we're not.

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              • #52
                I've been toying around with the idea of how to best represent SSN-23's auxiliary maneuvering devices, which I'm guessing behave something like a combination between bow / stern thrusters and ultra-quiet creeper motors like you see on the Alfa, Victor, and the like.

                At first I had an idea to use some round photoetch grilles. I scratchbuilt 4 cavities in the hull for them to sit on top of, but once intalled you really couldn't see anything, which was a shame. For whatever reason, something about that never sat quite right with me. It also didn't jive with the overall look of the boat, and with this picture of Carter rolling out of Electric Boat. Those three taped-off sections are airbrushed out in later photos of her sitting in the sunlight, so I have to assume they're something important.

                I cut some squares about .5" x .5" out of thin sheet styrene and attached them to the hull with three pairs forward and two aft. A simple little cosmetic addition, but they blended-in nicely, and I think with some paint on them, will add a nice layer of texture to the hull - hopefully doing the real article some justice.
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                And finally a little family photo of Carter next to Seawolf, now with some markings on her.
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                I messed around with it in the tub last night and tried out the new prop from David, and it makes all the difference in the world. I still imagine she'll be a pig in the turns, but it's definitely got some horsepower now. Thank you again for that, sir!


                -Brady
                Last edited by DMTNT; 12-10-2018, 01:49 PM.

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