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    I've seen reference to this kit pop up on a google search and it looks like a beautiful kit from back in the day, David. Is that the same one that has a cameo in the intro to Red October? Are the masters for this one still kicking around out in your shed or has it been lost to history? I can't tell if the hull is a solid casting, though it looks like it is.

    It may be cost prohibitive in terms of time and effort, but I feel like that could make an awesome pint-sized RC project using a 1.25" SD.
    Dead men tell no tales...

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    That takes me back a few decades. It's hollow, but all resin. I've toyed with doing a GRP hull for r/c, but just have not had the time. Tooling is alive and well and currently residence for a colony of ants. That little model during the opening montage of the movie was one of our little 12" commissioning-crew models. We did hundreds of them, Ellie and I. Even when I was deployed in the Med, Ellie keep the shop going to fill those orders. That was before we changed the trade-style from D&E Models to D&E Miniatures (Too many idiots sent us head-shots -- and worse -- thinking we were a fashion model service).

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

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    • #3
      Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
      That takes me back a few decades. It's hollow, but all resin. I've toyed with doing a GRP hull for r/c, but just have not had the time. Tooling is alive and well and currently residence for a colony of ants. That little model during the opening montage of the movie was one of our little 12" commissioning-crew models. We did hundreds of them, Ellie and I. Even when I was deployed in the Med, Ellie keep the shop going to fill those orders. That was before we changed the trade-style from D&E Models to D&E Miniatures (Too many idiots sent us head-shots -- and worse -- thinking we were a fashion model service).

      David
      I see! I know you are really reaching to try and find ways to fill time in your golden years, but if you ever needed a volunteer to try and make a running kit out of it, I can think of a guy who would be quite interested.

      I know you have said PARCHE has been done to death, but I do want to scratch that itch one day. Not the big nose version, but in her heyday of the 70s-80s. Add a lockout chamber and that hump to the stern, a bustle to the sail, and the expanded square-ish section on the bottom, etc etc etc...

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      EDIT (afterthought) - As opposed to GRP, would resin make for a lousy material for the hull on a running kit? I would imagine it could end up being less durable. Maybe more brittle. There's got to be a reason that's what all of you guys end up using.

      Last edited by DMTNT; 08-27-2019, 08:42 PM.
      Dead men tell no tales...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
        That takes me back a few decades. It's hollow, but all resin. I've toyed with doing a GRP hull for r/c, but just have not had the time. Tooling is alive and well and currently residence for a colony of ants. That little model during the opening montage of the movie was one of our little 12" commissioning-crew models. We did hundreds of them, Ellie and I. Even when I was deployed in the Med, Ellie keep the shop going to fill those orders. That was before we changed the trade-style from D&E Models to D&E Miniatures (Too many idiots sent us head-shots -- and worse -- thinking we were a fashion model service).

        David
        Too Many idiots sent us head shots,,,HAAAAAA
        What one Man can do, YOU can do too!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DMTNT View Post

          I see! I know you are really reaching to try and find ways to fill time in your golden years, but if you ever needed a volunteer to try and make a running kit out of it, I can think of a guy who would be quite interested.

          I know you have said PARCHE has been done to death, but I do want to scratch that itch one day. Not the big nose version, but in her heyday of the 70s-80s. Add a lockout chamber and that hump to the stern, a bustle to the sail, and the expanded square-ish section on the bottom, etc etc etc...

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          EDIT (afterthought) - As opposed to GRP, would resin make for a lousy material for the hull on a running kit? I would imagine it could end up being less durable. Maybe more brittle. There's got to be a reason that's what all of you guys end up using.
          Resin hulls are display pieces and reside in controlled environments. RC models bake under the summer sun, which would warp a resin only hull.

          Hit me after the Fleet-Run and I'll see what I can do for you.

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

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          • #6
            Roger that. Thank you, sir!
            Dead men tell no tales...

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            • #7
              .................if you were to re-issue that kit, it would sure look good in my classroom........just sayin'

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              • #8
                Originally posted by secrtwpn View Post
                .................if you were to re-issue that kit, it would sure look good in my classroom........just sayin'
                .... and if I shoved a broom stick up my ass I could sweep the place on my way out. Just sayin' ...
                "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post

                  .... and if I shoved a broom stick up my ass I could sweep the place on my way out. Just sayin' ...
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