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My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Pirate » Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:39 pm

Finally, after building many Virginia-class hull kits for others, I've finally got my own up and running.

I've built mine as the USS Texas. Although there are no distinguishing marks designating the real boat, I'm going to go ahead and put the boat number on the sides of the sail anyway—SSN 775.

These first pics are of the modified pumpjet propulsor. Modified from my Seawolf pumpjet with a new propulsor and no post stators.
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The real boat may not have the spinner stripe around the dunce cap, but since the whole thing is black, I wanted a way to be able to tell at a glance while it is in the water if it is spinning. This does it, and it looks cool too.

These are of the boat just after getting trimmed out in my pool.
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These next images are from taking it down to the Carmel pond on Father's Day for Alpha Trials and trimming it out for that super buoyant water they put in there. She ran like a dream. She's super fast compared to my Seawolf. Turns very tight radii, and H\held periscope depth for pretty long runs once set at the proper speed—without a ADC installed. Now I'm ready for the SubRegatta to arrive and set sail—YEAH!

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These next photos are courtesy of Kerry Addington.
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I also ran my newly fitted out USS Ohio, SSGN 726. Still have electrical problems I need to sort out, but she sure looked sweet running on her own. And amazingly to me, she runs quite fast and turns very sharp for such a long boat. Again, shots by Kerry Addington and his iPhone. Nice shots, Kerry. The last two are art. Enjoy.

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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:26 pm

Looks fantastic Pete

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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby sam reichart » Wed Jun 23, 2010 6:29 pm

beautiful model Pete...well done.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Thor » Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:04 pm

Wow, Pete! That looks really nice.....well done!
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby junglelord » Thu Jun 24, 2010 2:23 pm

Sheet, thats beautiful. Wonderful boat and photos, thanks so much.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Jeffrey J » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:42 am

I really like the hull detail, looks like you really did your homework. cool. Jeff J.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby SOLO » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:45 am

Very nice :D
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Pirate » Wed Jun 30, 2010 1:11 am

Thanks all. I just got the masts complete. I'll get another picture up soon.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Pirate » Mon Jul 05, 2010 6:08 pm

Photonics and radio masts for the Texas.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby greenman407 » Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:24 pm

Pardon me but what is Photonics? Is it those things on your masts that look so different from any others that I have seen? Nice ride!
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Pirate » Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:16 pm

Photonics masts are the new periscope. They are those black ridged columns atop the masts closest to the camera.

They contain all kinds of digital cameras and instruments. With the use of digital cameras instead of glass lenses and mirrors in periscopes, they can display the results on multiple monitors throughout the control room. So now more than just the one guy looking through the periscope can observe. This has also allowed them to not make breaches in the top of the hull to accept the periscope shaft down inside. The whole photonics mast is in the sail, external to the pressure hull.

Another result of this is that they have moved the control room down a deck in the sub, since it doesn't have to be close to the top for the periscope to reach. Now that the conn is located where the hull is the widest, it can be made larger to hold more instrumentation and people comfortably.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby greenman407 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 7:32 am

Well..........there goes the neighborhood!!!! I know engineers..... they love to change things!!! Cool, sounds like a good idea. :)
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby Kerry Addington » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:54 am

Virginia is the iSub.
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby greenman407 » Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:52 pm

That could be a disadvantage, imagine losing the internet and having to abort an attack on a rogue Taliban sub thats about to sink the luxery liner thats carrying all the free worlds leaders! OOOOPPPPSSSS!!! :oops: :cry: :roll:
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Re: My Virginia-class USS Texas sails

Postby SubICman » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:00 pm

Pirate,

I noticed the large recess above the cusp of the sail (leading ski slope)? I work on these boats daily and am being assigned to one in Oct. This recess is not present on the real boats at all. Maybe you have a pre-MIP covering reference?

BTW Very nice model.

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