Okay, I'm way overdue to update this thread. I'll do so now and even attempt to be brief. (For me!)
Some of you know I've temporarily put aside my ongoing Nautilus
work to once again pay attention to my 52" Teskey Seaview
. This is because I've hired consummate R/C sub pro Steve Neill to handle the major hull assembly and mechanical portions of the build for me. And that paint job, of course! But he and I have agreed that all of the prepping and scale stuff and detailing would be left up to me, so my to-do list is a mile long (and getting longer) before the day of The Big Handoff. This works out fine in that cosmetic stuff is the work I can generally handle, while the engineering has always left me baffled. So, it's a good division of labor. But it means I'll be busy for weeks with stuff like deck scribing, missile hatches, limber holes, deadlights, pumpjet intakes, hull joint work, pressure hull cutting, engine nacelle reaming, mini-sub and bow access hatches (to allow the Observation Room to be removable), general grinding/puttying/sanding, parts manufacturing (specifically, light lenses for the tail fins—of which, more below), de-burring and cleaning of all resin and white metal parts, and most importantly, the separate watertight build of a scale eight-window Observation Room—a fully detailed model all by itself. Whew.
Anyway, it's truly great news that Steve's onboard to eventually help out. But the other "big" news is that Big Dave Welch is building one of his signature RCAB cylinders for me in a large, twin-motor design specifically for my Teskey hull...and this effort is already well underway. All of this
means I should actually—finally—have an impressive new boat to run at next year's events. And I'm very excited about that!
I've already begun work on many of the tasks listed above. But my biggest success so far has been the creation of two bullet fairing-shaped "Cadillac" fin light lenses. The ones received as part of an elaborate upgrade kit from Mr. Merriman some years back were the wrong size and shape, so I've taken it upon myself to "turn" my own set from acrylic rod using my Makita drill and a cordless Dremel. There were the usual missteps and setbacks and redo's for an endeavor of this nature, but all the effort was eventually worth it, as evidenced by the photos below. Now, on to the rest of the list!
Below are Merriman's caddy fin light lenses for Seaview
. Beautiful indeed, but not right for my purposes.
And here's one of Teskey's unfinished Seaview
fins with its original fairing sliced off to make way for the forthcoming light lens.
Below's one of my own light lenses, still in progress. Note the quite-different size and shape from Mr. Merriman's.
One of my finished lenses, illuminated by a low-intensity incandescent "wheat" bulb, just to see how it'll look. The finished model will get high-intensity white LEDs, of course.
Finally, the money shot: a finished light lens in position on the caddy fin—a perfect look and fit! Also in the shot are a backup lens in progress, and the card stock template cutout which helped me achieve lens shape consistency.
Till next time...
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