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32nd Parallel Type XXIII build - working torpedoes!

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  • 32nd Parallel Type XXIII build - working torpedoes!

    I'm a tardy poster, but thought I'd post up some pictures of my current project, a 1/32 scale Type XXIII coastal sub.

    This is another commissioned build and the customer has had this kit since 1985. The original invoice was still in the box! The hull got a lot of scratchbuilding attention to try and improve visual interest. I added a lot of details to the conning tower and added weld lines along the hull. The stock dry hull configuration was scrapped in favor of a new 2.5" SD unit. The torp launchers ended up being a combination of the original parts and a version of Dave's torp system. I think I could do a better job of making a simpler and easier to build system if I had to do another set, but these work great in the meantime.

    A few pictures and some video of my first shots with the torpedo system. A comprehensive video will be done when the boat is complete. Until then, here's what I've got to share:

    http://rc-sub.com/projects/viewproject.php5?id=54

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  • #2
    Great work, Bob. That 32nd Parallel kit is a toughy to assembly. And good work with that torpedo and launcher.

    David
    Resident Luddite

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    • #3
      Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
      That 32nd Parallel kit is a toughy to assembly.
      That makes me feel better for not already having mine assembled.. I am giving some serious thought to the 2.5" SD for this model. I like how Bob only had to remove the bow and stern walls of the stock pressure box and not the entire box. Simon's Versilok, was and still is, STRONG stuff! I did not want to try to attempt to extract that entire box from the hull!

      Bob, please post a video of this XXIII running in the water when you are finished with her. I want to see how she functions with that 2.5" SD.

      Steve
      "Wir kommen ihnen unbekannt."

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      • #4
        Bob used our 'standard' 2.5 SD. I'm into series production of the type-23 specific Sub-driver:

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        • #5
          Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
          Bob used our 'standard' 2.5 SD. I'm into series production of the type-23 specific Sub-driver:

          [ATTACH=CONFIG]19080[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]19081[/ATTACH][ATTACH=CONFIG]19082[/ATTACH]
          "type-23 specific Sub-driver".. Now that is interesting to hear! As it evolves, post more photos please!

          I see that single screw motor bulkhead.. I can already imagine the 23 "Propeller of the Gods", mounted on the aft end of that propshaft.. :biggrin:
          "Wir kommen ihnen unbekannt."

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          • #6
            Hi Bob,

            What materials did you use for your torpedo body and endpieces?
            Also, how did you make your torpedo launcher breechblock?
            Looking over photos on you site there seems to be a wheel collar.
            Last edited by redboat219; 03-08-2013, 07:18 AM.
            Make it simple, make strong, make it work!

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            • #7
              When its all done I'll have a full video showing how I did everything for everyone. Basically the wheelcollar pushes the weapon off the seal rather than using a burp of gas. It still features Dave's breechblock idea to prevent misfiring, although that is actually overkill in this model because I put a block on the trailing edge of the torpedo doors so that you can't fire unless they're open.

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