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1/48 Type 214 costumer build

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  • #46
    Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
    Well after another three hours of head scratch and engineering that worked but didn't live up to my expectations I scrapped everything I was doing for the past two days and did the most simplistic thing I had a mind to do but didn't think would work on this boat. It did.

    I ran a carbon rod with brass connectors both ends from the stern planes control shaft to the bow plains. In 30 minutes I had extremely well working plains, solid, lots of travel and smooth. Just perfect. Sometimes when things seem to good to be true they actually are true.

    Installing the connector to the stern planes via a magnet is dead simple and reliable. I was able to turn on the boat and in seconds close it, put in the one screw to hold the deck down and was ready for action. Good!

    Don't worry that brass attached to the resin will be wrapped and sealed with CA and thread. Now that it's all functional I need to finalize everything, clean it up and secure it for good.



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    That Steve, is a great idea! Straight and strong. No flexing like you would have had with a brass rod. I remember using the carbon rods on some of my RC aircraft when I needed a good straight and strong no flex control rod back to the rudder and elevator.

    I am glad you found a solution! As you always do!!

    Rob

    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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    • #47
      Thanks Rob! I need to order more carbon fiber rods. That was the last one I had. I use them in my large scale RC gliders I still fly.

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      • #48
        She got her first coat of semi gloss. Looks like gloss to me. But no worries that's what a series of dark grey and flat black panels are for. Give me some tape, an airbrush and I'll make it pop.

        Got the the NAV lights open so I can make the lighting mounts and install the lighting. Got some real bad panel etching in the model to redo. I really wish when people make a master that they would before making a mold correct the mistakes. Some of these look like they were done free hand.

        They are a lot of things that showed on this hull once it was all one color. 3D printing is not the answer a good eye and a steady hand is. More work for me to do.

        ​​​​​​​Overall though it's a sexy looking German boat. Like their Porsche use to be (can't stand the new designs) it just looks so clean and functional. Nothing gawdy about it.

        Interior has a heavy acrylic coating of Matt black to even it all out and make it more eye pleasing. It really pops out David's hot looking WTC.

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        • #49
          She can be shinny I have found. I need to get the water level rub on decals. Any idea where I might fine these? It's been awhile.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
            She can be shinny I have found. I need to get the water level rub on decals. Any idea where I might fine these? It's been awhile.

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            Steve,

            Your 214 is really looking good! For what it is worth, I really like the black as a final finish! (I am going to hear about that statement) There is something to be said about a boat just getting ready for the first sea trials (That just off the showroom look) Yours does not look much different than the full scale photo!!

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            They look ominous in black!! (and it is so easy) Gives you more time to build more Subs!!!

            Rob

            "Firemen can stand the heat"




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            • #51
              Thanks Rob. They do look good just black but the weatherer in me can't resist. Now That I have finished the USS Enterprise for my customer it's full time on this boat later this week. Click image for larger version

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              • #52
                Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
                Thanks Rob. They do look good just black but the weatherer in me can't resist. Now That I have finished the USS Enterprise for my customer it's full time on this boat later this week. Click image for larger version

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                Steve,

                I have been following your build on the USS Enterprise on you web site YouTubes! You have done a beautiful piece of craftmanship on that model, in particular the decal work! That is not a build for the faint of heart for sure!!

                I will be following you on your weathering work on the 214, and perhaps I can get some ideas how to do it! My Astute is very similar to your 214 in size and look!

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                Thanks Steve, appreciate all your photos and your YouTubes! I really look forward to seeing your weekly YouTubes on ALL your builds!

                Rob

                "Fireman can stand the heat"

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                • #53
                  Rob my videos are on Vimeo. I don't like using free sites that constantly wound you with copyright violations and ads. I pay for my Vimeo account and it's so much better. Thanks Rob!

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                  • #54


                    This video at the beginning shows everything work as it should.

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                    • #55
                      Some of the scribe lines and detail on this hull needed pointing up. Lots of imperfections in the hull that were bugging me. Also the semi-gloss wasn't so semi. So I started in with Matt or flat black and it when buffed out a bit will have the correct sheen. The panel still needs a bit more touch up but it's getting there. The opposite panel is fine. The whole hull could use re-scribing all over but it's not too bad and once painted and weathered will look fine.

                      Some kits are this way, others don't need any correction at all. It's the nature of garage kits.

                      I should nearly finish this week and get her in the water.

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                      • #56
                        Did some weathering to here using oil paints and some airbrushing to give her a bit of scale and life in the sea. Scum line all subdued for me but these 214's tend to be black and clean but not that clean in my research. Today is lights. Had to wait for oils to dry. She gets two more parts and that's about it except for the hull markings. At this size it would be rather difficult to do the little numbers next to each water level white line marker. Decals come off or chip so I'm going to make up painters tape masks and airbrush them on.

                        As for those pesky bow planes nothing I could do or try stopped them from oozing resin and keeping the paint from setting up. So I took the best of the two and made a quick waste mold in silicone so today I can cast two new ones with my resin and move on!

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                        • #57
                          Good day sir

                          With all your respect, instead of complaining about those bow planes or anything else you should contact me through Bob or directly and I would replace them immediately! That would save you a lot of husle!!! You've done a great job by the way, I like the way she turned out !!( Your waterline is a bit high, it should be where the upper hull ends)

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                          • #58
                            Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
                            Did some weathering to here using oil paints and some airbrushing to give her a bit of scale and life in the sea. Scum line all subdued for me but these 214's tend to be black and clean but not that clean in my research. Today is lights. Had to wait for oils to dry. She gets two more parts and that's about it except for the hull markings. At this size it would be rather difficult to do the little numbers next to each water level white line marker. Decals come off or chip so I'm going to make up painters tape masks and airbrush them on.

                            As for those pesky bow planes nothing I could do or try stopped them from oozing resin and keeping the paint from setting up. So I took the best of the two and made a quick waste mold in silicone so today I can cast two new ones with my resin and move on!

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                            Steve,

                            Your 214 is looking good! This may not be the place for me to say this!! But for those of you that want to see what Steve is really capable of doing, you should go to his web site SNG and take a look at his build of the "BIG E" I am currently on YouTube #28 of his project with more to see, but all I can say is WHAT AN AMAZING PROJECT!

                            Steve is a REAL craftsman at his trade!! This project is truly not for the faint of heart!! Check it out!!


                            Rob

                            "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                            • #59
                              Thanks Rob. That's very kind of you to say. I have to say though if it were not for my friendship with David Merriman back all those years ago I wouldn't be half the modeler I am today. The movie industry taught me how do do things quick and dirty under a lot of pressure. David taught me how to build models with more craftsmanship and skill. He's has selfishly helped so many people and even mentored them under his own roof. He never gets enough credit IMHO.

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                              • #60
                                Further work on the 214 yesterday. This is a finish this boat week. I'm getting all my customer jobs done this week and for the first time in months will have a breather. He says knowingly. But if I do I have a nice Mahogany Star Class sailboat showing up Monday I can't wait to sink my teeth into.

                                I got the lights installed but I'm a bit baffled as to where the second supplied cool white bulb gets placed. The lens covers I made from PTEG I wasn't satisfied with so I'm going to re-due them with a better plan.

                                Most of the day was spent making those bow planes from the waste molds I made the day before which worked perfectly. I just used an blade to slice the mold open on one side and removed the old one, place the shaft in the slot and poured resin through the opening and got two good planes. Took awhile to preen them as the supplied planes are very rough. The rest of the appendages in the kit were fine.

                                They took paint well and it dried within the hour, the originals a wee later still had sticky paint. Anyway all fixed now. There is always a way to fix things.

                                I have left the moorings off the boat as they'll just get broken off and are retracted when the boat is at sea anyway. I'm half tempted to drop the splash shield down too as the boats just look cleaner and meaner without them. They too are retracted under sea.




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