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  • 1/96 Albacore

    I started this quite some time ago. HWSNBN did all the real work making the sail, the appendages, the props and that wonderful counter rotating drive system. I made the hull. This is the full thing laid out in all its glory;

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    This is such a lovely thing - and I can say that because my passion fingers had very little to do with it. The hull is OK but the other bits are sublime. Everything fits! Its so nice to take a break from the usual bashing, filing and hacking to make something that just goes together with no fuss at all. Like this;

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    The detail opn this sail is wonderful. Have a look at those vents!

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  • #2
    You are too modest, sir! Your hull is the heart of this project. Just as with your ROMEO, ZULU, and BALUGA. I'm honored to be associated with this project, Scott.

    Get that thing in the water!

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

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    • #3
      Scott,

      Really looking forward to seeing this boat in production and final finish. The internal workings inside the stern on this boat looks VERY complicated!

      Thanks for sharing this project with the forum. Please keep your photos coming!

      Rob

      "Firemen can stand the heat"

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      • #4
        Just to show everyone that this little 1/96 ALBACORE, phase-4 can get it done:

        https://youtu.be/4NIRblzfz_8
        "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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        • #5
          Underwater missile! You guys better put the pressure on HWSNBN to release the kit. (Not that he has anything else to do)!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HardRock View Post
            Underwater missile! You guys better put the pressure on HWSNBN to release the kit. (Not that he has anything else to do)!
            Putt'n out fires with gasoline, are we, Scott??

            Gee, thanks, pal!

            Slave-driver Bob has me shackled to the shop bench, and sized the chains so I can only reach the MSD and SD stuff. *******! He's also instructed Ellie to be liberal with application of the cattle-prod to keep production moving at a healthy pace.

            I'm cursed by success. Cursed, I tell ya!

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

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            • #7
              Looks great Dave. Is the sail rudder actuating in the direction to counteract roll?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ffr2608 View Post
                Looks great Dave. Is the sail rudder actuating in the direction to counteract roll?
                That's right, Darrin. The angle-keeper is oriented to detect roll and swing the dorsal rudder to counter the roll. Does a fine job of doing it but contributes a lot of drag when doing it -- manually swinging that rudder was one element of the 'recovery from down-angle' protocol on the real boat.

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

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                • #9
                  Slowly getting this thing finished.

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                  This is the long tail version.

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                  And the short tail version. Not sure which I like best. Views?

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                  • #10
                    The closely spaced wheels looks better.

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

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                    • #11
                      I prefer the short tail. Do you have a drawing or detail of the counter rotating prop system?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by coryhenry View Post
                        I prefer the short tail. Do you have a drawing or detail of the counter rotating prop system?
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                        https://youtu.be/4NIRblzfz_8

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

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                        • #13
                          I thought kit production was being farmed out?
                          DIVE IN! Go on, go on, go on, go on, GO ON! http://www.diveintomodelsubmarines.co.uk

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Subculture View Post
                            I thought kit production was being farmed out?
                            At this time it's planned for Kevin Rimrodt, Trident Models, to be the source of production (insuring Scott secures a royalty for his work). However, Kevin's new facility is still under construction and that process has been slowed thanks to the Communist Chinese flu. With luck Kevin will be pooping out this and other GRP r/c submarine kits mid-next-year.

                            Kevin initially wants to market under his own trade style but may work a deal with Bob -- that's between Kevin and Bob.

                            Stay tuned.

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

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                            • #15
                              Dave, how do you manage to know exactly where to make the bends in your linkage? I’ve lost my touch since it’s been 15 years since I’ve built one.

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