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  • Davjacva
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    • Nov 2022
    • 250

    Jake's SSN-591

    Merriman e-mailed me a few weeks ago telling me that something arrived for me in his mail from our buddy Fred Freketic up in Massachusetts and he said that I'd flip out when I saw what it was. I couldn't get over during the week, so had to hold my breath until Saturday. Fred packaged the sub to our industry's standards...double-boxed and more bubble wrap to hog-tie a herd of cattle. So much so, that I still had no clue when I was unwrapping it. When I saw the WTC first, then I knew it was something great and saw the 1/96 SSN-591 in all it's glory in pristine shape. This had been built by Dave for Fred over 20 years ago. I had met Fred when he came down here to pick it up and had seen it then. I saw it again last year, and Dave had re-done the WTC as well, so when I saw it all this was going through my head. Once again, thanks a million Fred. And much thanks to Dave for the assistance with it. After driving Dave's 1/72 Skipjack, which is my favorite sub of his to drive. I've been doing the 'range-checks' for Dave ever since, and still not lost it. One time had it about 1/2 mile away. It has working fairwater planes and really is a joy to drive. I'm not a fan of the 688's or Seawolf, as they're too 'stiff', kind of like driving a brick through the water, or as I say, more like driving a MOPAR, 'real fast, built tough, but turns like ****'. I didn't say anything, but I think Dave was reading my mind and that was the first thing Dave installed, as the WTC already was configured for fairwaters. The other issue was that somehow the hull 'shrank' some in areas leaving large gaps between the upper and lower hull pieces. I asked Dave about it, and it'd been over 20 years since he laid up the hull, and he's made a-zillion of these (see them on most videos all the time), and he concurred. It's painted in Dave's meticulously excellent, yet very personal paint scheme, so we then proceeded for with this and should be done today doing so. It needs different interface tabs to get the old fiberglass to align well. This is just nit-picking as it's really an incredible model.
  • Davjacva
    Commander
    • Nov 2022
    • 250

    #2
    initial photos. Click image for larger version

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    • Davjacva
      Commander
      • Nov 2022
      • 250

      #3
      Here's the work installing the fairwater operating interface linkages. This was all-Dave. He didn't something here I haven't seen before. He made the bushings, that would hold the operating shaft to help transmit force, out of large heat-shrink that he heated up around the linkage rod, then sliced open and glued down. Stupid-easy, and fast. The only hold up was getting the rear of the operating shaft past the back end of the WTC, as it's a very tight clearance with the upper hull. Of course Dave grabbed the 'Modeler's Favorite Chainsaw' (a Dremel with cut-off wheel) and attacked the back end of the WTC until it came into compliance...and still had watertight integrity. Click image for larger version

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      • Davjacva
        Commander
        • Nov 2022
        • 250

        #4
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ID:	179376 Working on filling the gaps. On one side they were pretty substantantial. The plan is with the two hull pieces joined, to mark the outside with tape at the height of the offending gap, remove the upper hull, then install a corresponding piece of tape on the inside of the lower hull, thus creating a dam. Within the dam, layer incrementally a layer of baking soda and CA glue until the gap is filled. Re-fit the hull, then sand down the areas where the gap is too high, and mark and fill the lower areas. I finished both sides in a few hours. The outside and inside of the newly created areas created with baking soda/ CA had to be sanded down as well. Once this is accomplished, new tabs that will interface and interlock the upper and lower hulls will be installed. That is supposed to happen today, so I'll post that work later. After all this work, the sub will need to have it's trim re-set, as a lot of material was added and some of the existing foam removed. Cake walk. Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4489.jpg Views:	0 Size:	57.8 KB ID:	179377 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4489.jpg Views:	0 Size:	57.8 KB ID:	179384 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4491.jpg Views:	0 Size:	59.7 KB ID:	179378 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4494.jpg Views:	0 Size:	60.2 KB ID:	179379 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4497.jpg Views:	0 Size:	54.5 KB ID:	179380 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4495.jpg Views:	0 Size:	61.1 KB ID:	179381 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4493.jpg Views:	0 Size:	51.8 KB ID:	179382 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4496.jpg Views:	0 Size:	55.1 KB ID:	179383 Click image for larger version  Name:	IMG_4489.jpg Views:	0 Size:	57.8 KB ID:	179385
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        • Davjacva
          Commander
          • Nov 2022
          • 250

          #5
          After the fun, fun, fun time of applying CA/ baking soda, CA/ baking soda...grind, sand, grind, more baking soda, it's time to put in more alignment tabs in order to straighten the hull in the areas that need either 'push' or 'press'. You get the picture. After these tabs were put in, they are a hindrance to an extent in fitting the hull until they appear to wear in some. Which they are doing. Method to the madness, and not always as the crow flies, but sometimes as the meandering drunk always making it home
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          • Davjacva
            Commander
            • Nov 2022
            • 250

            #6
            Now for some serious fun. It's time to bondo over the previous two efforts (CA/ Baking Soda, alignment tabs) at the hull interface seam in order to make it...clean. So after I laid down guide tape, I gooped on a wee little bit of bondo, well, I did adequately cover it. Next time I get to file/grind/sand it all down. Lastly, I went over all the now sanded bondo with CA in order to seal and strengthen the bondo. Click image for larger version

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            • Davjacva
              Commander
              • Nov 2022
              • 250

              #7
              Another week, another enchilada!! Slowly getting the hull to conform. It's really tight, but as things get more into spec, the more you notice things that aren't. The port side is like a running gunfight, but I think that battle is won. Had some of the CA/ baking soda break off, so that was the first thing to address, then we've loaded for bear and attacking the rear of where the upper hull mates down. Big gap on top, and an overhang on the portside. Need to pull out the big files. After CA/ Baking soda build-up, got to bondo early on. Don't know how this happened, but I used plenty of hardener, and mixed well, but it never hardened on the model. So get to clean that mess off, chemically strip it, re-tooth it and applied a new coat of bondo. 2 coats down and it's time to leave. Merriman marked out an offending area that will be addressed next time. Then, then forward underside interface will be addressed and that should be about it. This would all have been done if I had more time, but lately I can only dedicate a few hours, twice a week. It's not a lot of work, if you could sit down in a couple of sittings it'd all be done. Later. Click image for larger version

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              • Das Boot
                Rear Admiral
                • Dec 2019
                • 1172

                #8
                Lucky Fu.k.
                Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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                • Davjacva
                  Commander
                  • Nov 2022
                  • 250

                  #9
                  Originally posted by Das Boot
                  Lucky Fu.k.
                  Why am I a 'Lucky Fu.k' Casey? What am I missing? Please explain?

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                  • Das Boot
                    Rear Admiral
                    • Dec 2019
                    • 1172

                    #10
                    Originally posted by Davjacva

                    Why am I a 'Lucky Fu.k' Casey? What am I missing? Please explain?
                    You got you a good boat to work on.
                    Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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                    • Davjacva
                      Commander
                      • Nov 2022
                      • 250

                      #11
                      Continuing on with getting the two hull halves corrected. Applying body filler for the big violations, followed by CA to seal, followed by Nitrostan, a ****-ton of sanding and checking mating in-between applications...Finally got it to the point where I got to spray a tell-tale layer of primer to check the work, and some minor areas need to be addressed, but it's almost there. Just tweaking it in. Only getting two days a week for a few hours each, so it's slow progress for this level of work. A third of that time is waiting for whatever application just applied to dry. Not that it wasn't an already great looking model, but it's going to look much better when completed. It sucks when you have to do this kind of work over an incredible paint job. I've been trying to preserve it the important areas. If it was a bare new model it'd be much easier. There's a photo of the Type XXI that Dave's working on the other table. Even though I've seen it done before, the tool/ mold/ casting of model production is just astounding to behold. He's doing a few newer things with this one that I hadn't seen before. Just crazy to think that there's so much strength in that little model as it's fiberglass, and has all this amazing detail. The master was 3D printed, but very frail of a structural item.
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                      • Davjacva
                        Commander
                        • Nov 2022
                        • 250

                        #12
                        This is the last of the hull work. This week, corrected the rear athwartship upper seam, and the belly seam. It's a case of you correct one end, and it throws the other out to a degree. It's chasing your tail to a degree you feel sometimes, but in fact it's just tightening everything up. It's ready to trim out and paint, but I'm going on a trip, so won't be able to get back to it for about 4 weeks. Gotta finish up the Type IX which is almost ready to trim out and paint.
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                        • Das Boot
                          Rear Admiral
                          • Dec 2019
                          • 1172

                          #13
                          Excellent work.
                          Of the 40,000 men who served on German submarines, 30,000 never returned.”

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