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  • SSBN659
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    Oops, forgot this shot.

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    Will Rogers
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  • SSBN659
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    The sub base is almost ready, just need to add some felt or other material as suggested previously. Weather here has been warm enough to airbrush so after playing with different ideas of color I did both underside and topside. Still have some touchup where blue masking tape had too much tack (even after de-tacking on my shirt) but I'm pleased with the look. Next will come antennas, snorkel, retractable cleats and capstan. At some point I will need an acrylic display case and appropriate nameplate.

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    By the time Tucson is finished it will have in progress about two years.

    Will Rogers
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  • SSBN659
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    Great tip about using felt on the saddles, thanks. Just trying to make it look like I know what I'm doing so I appreciate all comments.

    Will Rogers
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  • rwtdiver
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    Originally posted by SSBN659
    Submarine Base.

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    Rare Earth magnets in cradle for securing Tucson - mooring lines not required.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659
    Very nice looking stand for that Tucson!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat."

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  • wlambing
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    Don't forget to put some felt or flocking in those saddles, the wood end-grain will tear your paint to shreds!

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  • SSBN659
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    Submarine Base.

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    Rare Earth magnets in cradle for securing Tucson - mooring lines not required.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659

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  • SSBN659
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    Tucson is still a work in progress. While waiting for warmer weather for a final coat of paint I decided to work on the display base. My original plan was to build it the same way I did my Will Rogers model several years ago.

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    When I found out the price of acrylic rod and walnut I changed my mind and will go with wood I have laying around.

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    I'll use molding on the perimeter of the base and finish it off with a dark wood stain. Stay tuned.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659

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  • SSBN659
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    Temperature in the garage this morning is 48F, been low for weeks and too cold to airbrush. Worked on masts for awhile but not much else. Once it warms up I'll repaint the hull and install masts, retractable cleats and other details.

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    Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to a weekend of football playoffs.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659




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  • SSBN659
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    Not much work going on due holiday and travel but this prop is finished.

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    Happy holidays!

    Will Rogers
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  • SSBN659
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    Could have saved a lot of time if I had seen this earlier.

    Simple math and the correct multiplier number (provided in this video) are what you need to easily divide a circle into equal sections. Here's the link to a ...


    Oh well, lesson learned the hard way, now back to work.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659

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  • SSBN659
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    It's not easy trying to make it look like you know what you are doing. I gave up on brass for my ringed prop and switched to polystyrene. Also found a more accurate method of making a target for a seven blade prop because 360 can be evenly divided by all numbers 1 thru 10 except for 7.
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    This is the jig I made for cutting slots in the hub for the blades.

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    Getting the ring and blades attached was a challenge but I think it came pretty close.

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    I never heard back from my queries to third party about purchasing a prop so I'll stick with this one for now.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659



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  • SSBN659
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    Thanks again Bart. I sent a request to the fellow to see what he might be able to do for me. Haven't heard back yet.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659

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  • bwi 971
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    Originally posted by SSBN659
    After several attempts at making the prop I still haven't been satisfied with my results. I'll keep trying but as a backup I wonder if anyone out there is able to make a 2" diameter seven blade ringed prop using this new fangled 3D printer technique?

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659
    Hi Will,

    I took a look online and found something that might be useful. The person will be capable of scaling the props to your desired dimensions. It's important to discuss with them which resin they'll use, as some resins can be brittle."


    2 x 7-blade 688-I screw with annular ring. Patience and care needs to be taken. But it isn't necessarily about the material as many are familiar with resin kits and this is little different. It's more about how thin these sections have been printed.



    Grtz,
    bart

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  • SSBN659
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    Thanks Tom, Keith no longer making ringed props. I sent notes to Prop Shop UK and to Loyal Hanna Dockyard but haven't heard back. Back to the workbench.

    Will Rogers
    SSBN659

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  • trout
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    Keith Bender - propmeup1@verizon.net
    He does a fine job on creating props. Very nice to work with!

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