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Mine! All Mine!

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  • Mine! All Mine!

    I know someone will cringe at the thought of a 3D printed anything, but I wanted some mines for an aquarium redesign I am thinking of with a Type VII submarine.
    There were a couple of mines at Thingiverse, and I modeled my mine after one of them. I wanted mine to float so it is hollow. It is not the most accurate, but fun to put together. If anyone has plans of a real WWII mine, I sure would like a copy.

    Here it is out of the printer (upside down)
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    Here it is removed. I broke a couple of prongs off the mine by carelessly removing the sprues.

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    If you want the stl file, post here and I will be glad to share it.

    If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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    Reminds me......

    Back in the day (what day?), a fellow named Joe Brandt ran his 32nd Parallel Type VIIC with us out here on "Lawn-guyland", use to come to every Groton Regatta until '01. In the late 90's, Sub Eddie (the boy) and I rode up with him one time to a private seller where he picked up another 32nd Parallel Type VII.

    The plan was to lengthen it a foot(?) and finish off as a Type VIID of course. With the capability of laying mines!.

    He got as far as cutting the hull, and I think laying up the section, but not installing it yet.

    The story goes him and his wife had a baby, and the moment she smelled the fumes rising from the basement during the layup, ALL fabrication was put on hold. Sad. Not the baby part of course!

    We reach out to Joe from time to time to get him back aboard. He say's he will, but right now prefers exercising his 2nd Amendment by throwing lead down range with his Mosin–Nagant


    Again nice print, what printer?

    v/r "Sub" Ed

    Silent Service "Cold War" Veteran (The good years!)
    NEVER underestimate the power of a Sailor who served aboard a submarine.


    • #3
      That would make a great emergency come find me much line do you think you could get inside it?
      Last edited by Bob Gato; 12-05-2019, 05:11 PM.


      • #4
        It is a Formlab Form 3 printer.
        no idea on how much, depends on diameter of thread.

        i am currently re-doing the mine to be a German accuratish (that is sorta accurate for you word police) mine. I will use images and drawings. I believe they are 44” in diameter in 1/72 scale that would be .61 inches. Although once done I can make it in several scales.
        If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.


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          Newest version, how does it look?
          I am going to print this up and see how it comes out.
          If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.