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My 3D Printed HL-Hunley Build

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  • rwtdiver
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    Some very last photos of my Hunley! This is her final resting place! (when it's not in the water of course)

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    Thank you all for your participation in my build, and of course the compliments!!!!!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • coryhenry
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    Great paint job, I can see it rusting in front of me :)

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  • SubHuman
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    Congrats, Rob! That will be a head-turner at any event you go to. A unique subject and a beautifully executed build.

    Bob

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  • rwtdiver
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    Here is the video that my wife took of the Hunley today!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKU-EjiGgU

    I think this boat turned out pretty darn good! It was my first real diving boat and with help from you guys on the forum (David M, Bob M & others) it was a real success for me for sure! Thank you all for following and for your input! Moving onto the 1:77 scale Disney Nautilus build!!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"
    Last edited by rwtdiver; 03-18-2021, 02:19 AM.

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  • rwtdiver
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    Well the HL Hunley is finished and water tested!

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    The boat did very well! It has a very large turning radius, but keeping the throttle down the rudder was quite effective! I am going to try and get the video up that my wife took, so stay tuned!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • rwtdiver
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    The HL Hunley is finally in her permanent home! (when not in the pool)

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    I am going to make a framed plaque to go just under her stern! I will be putting the Hunley back in the water today, if the wind subsides a little! I will also try again at a better video of her running in the pool!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • rwtdiver
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    Originally posted by SubHuman View Post
    Looking beautiful, Rob! I can't wait to see it in the water in the final colors....

    Bob
    Thank you Bob! The Hunley will be the seventh sub I have built to hit the waters surface and move, but it is the first boat I have done that will DIVE! And thanks to you and David, and others for the help it did happen. As I stated above, I do have some touch up that I want to do and then the final coats of clear coat, some water shots, and then the "Sub Wall"! Thanks again to all!!

    Now on to the 1:77 Scale Nautilus!! More fun a head!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • SubHuman
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    Looking beautiful, Rob! I can't wait to see it in the water in the final colors....

    Bob

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  • rwtdiver
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    Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post
    Well done, sir! You have really brought this thing to life!

    David
    Thank you David! And along with this I want to thank for the 2.5" MSD that you gave me, and all your help in getting it set up to actually function as a true SD in this boat! It worked and it works well, thanks to you!
    I will post up some photos after the touch ups and the clear coats are completed! Thanks to everyone that helped me on this build...

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • He Who Shall Not Be Named
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    Well done, sir! You have really brought this thing to life!

    David

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  • rwtdiver
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    I am very close to the final finish on my Hunley!

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    The finish I decided on was more of a subdued smooth rust, rather than the scaly and chip look! A boat that is out in the weather, ready for use, but could use another coat of black paint.
    All I have left to do is put some rust indication where rust would build up, corners, bolts, rivets nothing to dramatic. Then apply a matt acrylic clear coat and it will be complete!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • He Who Shall Not Be Named
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    I seem so smart today because I've long ago used up most of my inventory of dumb-ass moves.

    David

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  • rwtdiver
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    I used a sponge on the acrylics, and it works much better than brushes to achieve the rusted effect! It is also more uniform and easier to apply. The nice thing about the sponge it allows you to apply one color on the entire sub and then go back with the additional colors as you need to to achieve the final results!

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    This is wet at this point!

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    As it dries it start to form up much nicer than brushing on!!

    Thank you David! Again you bail us miss fits out with your great ideas!!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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

    A sponge is your friend here.
    Thanks David! I will certainly give the sponge a test run before I start the final finish! Thank you for your in site on the sponge idea! I can see where it would have its advantages...

    Rob

    "Firemen can stand the heat"

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  • He Who Shall Not Be Named
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    Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post
    I have made some headway on my final finish work on the Hunley! I have two coats of primer applied inside and out, and two coats of FLAT black paint for my base coat!

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    I have my rust samples complete, and the three acrylic water base paints I will be applying to achieve the rust finish that I am looking for. The acrylic will be applied using old house paint cheap brushes, and using a dabbing motion to get the results. It will be time consuming, but the effect, I think will look great!

    Rob
    "Firemen can stand the heat"
    A sponge is your friend here.

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