First Progress: 10/09/10
Posted by Darren Groshek (via Matty) on September 14, 2010, 9:30:38, in reply to "Darren Groshek's LAFAYETTE-class SSBN, in progress"
"...OK (below) I'll try to write up something (on this build)...It was a LONG time ago when I started this. I (had already done) the 'cut-away' for a friend of mine. Then I wanted the 'true look' of the Lafayette class boat. |
First you have to 'true' the Hull...Which requires enormous amounts of body filler - to 'square everything off...here are the build photo's:
Click on Image to Enlarge...showing all the body work needed to 'true' the Hull...When all is 'wet sanded' and done, you have a very true hull.
...Next comes...the correct rudders & dive planes:
Click on Image to Enlarge...which were all made using 'scratch card stock of varied thickness...Then tuned to represent the final configuration. Using my 'belt sander' I was able to produce these with ease!
...(And then) automotive primer (which is) such a great primer, then all lacquer paints were applied:
Click on Image to Enlarge...(for this weathering and subsequent coats I used) railroad colors.
...(And, after) I got it 'taped off' at the water-line:
Click on Image to Enlarge...the end (result was) this...(She'll look) beautiful when all is done...(and) she's (set into) my dry dock (diorama)...
...I (could) send you...the 'completed boat'...Done dry dock Photo's today...However it (would) be without the (Matty's Models hydrodynamic) screw (which I'm just now receiving)... Maybe will wait till I have that (installed)...
...(Meantime) put some of these and all the (others) in a post on your web site! I would love to see this!...(and I)...will send more, after these...(because you just) gotta see her done!"