Like many a modeller gone before, I can now announce to you my return, after long "homelessness"-induced absence from the modelling bench! And - also like many another modeller of yore - I now regale you with some truly shi**y, out-of-focus pictures - the spawn of my incompetent borrowage of my neighbor's camera:
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Although the stern looks nice (my opinion), it is the most irredeemably inaccurate part of the whole kitbash. The hull should never taper narrower than the width between prop shafts (far left) - the original Revell (Nautilus) mold was simply not well suited to this part of the hull-conversion - and I judge it's just too late/too much to try and accurize this now.
So, did I decide to give up? HELL no! And so, towards the upper right (in both pics) you can now also discern, installed, the aft (standard) crew access hatchway (might help to squint your eyes) - another narrow Plastruct tube, sunk into the deck - later to accept a separate piece for the hatch itself (not shown).
Likewise, up forward I installed the other crew access hatchway, and its adjacent (to starboard) trunk:
In these pics you can again get at least the general idea - enhanced as well as I could, in the closeup inset. The shiny tape is to hold the forward deck temporarily - still a couple things to maybe slip under there, before securing it permanently. These pics also give a good idea of how straightforward it should be - should be, that is - to "drape" plasticard down from the deck onto the hull, to form the casing. The bow, though a little tricky, should be especially satisfying - and the torpedo tubes will pierce the casing, just like on the Real Deal! Meantime, the sail has progressed to an immediate "pre-master": one last molding, after minor refinements and final detailing - ladders, access hatch (open), navigation lights, etc. - and then will be cast (multiple pops of) the final, "plug-n-play" version, for this build (and more).
So, stand by for more pics - shi**y or otherwise - and maybe even some additional progress, too, as soon as I can git it! Meantime, comments - especially from you others who post fuzzy-a** pictures (you know who you are!) - welcome, as always.
'Cause I'm COMING BACK!