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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:05 am

I have put the ribs in on one side of the bow and I am starting to lay in some sheet to build the hull under the superstructure. Hopefully, I will be able to to post some pics tomorrow.

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:01 pm

Ok, got some pics uploaded.

First, ribs placed into the bow section on the starboard side...

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Fit check of the alignment of ribs and central cylinder before the ribs got sealed down for good...

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Everything was good with the fit and alignment. Next was moving in to lay some sheet to build the outer hull that will be under the superstructure so there are no gaps when looking through the limber holes. There isn’t going to be any detailing done, this is just to put structure to build on. First, the sheet that will be wrapped to the ribs…

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In the picture above you can also see the nubs of the limber holes edges that were left in place. You’ll see more with those in later updates.

Once the sheet was inserted, I wrapped each section into place and built an I-beam on the end to provide extra structure and shape…

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That’s all for now.

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:35 pm

Scooting on ahead on the bow of the TIRU. I got all of the .060 x .060 square rods in place and then sanded down the lip at the bottom of each limber hole. The pictures shows about half of the lower lips being sanded out.

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The second pic just shows a comparison of the two sides of the bow. I have trimmed down the edge of the tube doors down and then I scribed the doors and cut out the forward section of each since they have to be corrected. I also put a lug in the forward most limber hole but I still have to cut out the after one. I also knocked off more detail from the tube doors and filled all the small holes in the tube doors and above them. Still need to sand all of that smooth.

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I figure I will get the starboard side done and then do the port side so that I can match them up. This has been an entertaining build thus far because it has challenged my norm since I have been kind of flying by the seat of my pants from step to step as opposed to the normal detailed plan of attack. It has also been good to get back to "neanderthal" modelling that doesn't have any complicated tools or power equipment. Just an XACTO, saw and sanding sticks/files.

More to come as I spend a few more days TAD.

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:35 pm

Nothing worthy of pictures since I am just repeating the work of the starboard side on the port. Also figuring out which tube I will open and how I will do it. I think I will do tube 4 but anything on port is a possibility. Any thoughts. I was also thinking about opening a stern tube but I can' t seem to find pictures. Anybody got pics of open stern tubes on a Guppy?

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby Tom Dougherty » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:57 pm

Here are two shots of USS Becuna SS319. Guppy II

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And one of a Guppy III in drydock:
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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:06 am

Awesome Tom, Thank You, The angle on the drydock one gives me what I needed. Everything I had found thus far had everything in total shadow. Appreciate the assist.

So, yet another period of TAD time is coming to an end and I have boxed up my supplies and submarine. I end my progress for now with a couple shots of the work on the bow. First picture shows the second set of limber holes aft of the forward-most group on the bow. I made a jig to evenly space the guide rods and then I cut and sanded down the holes.

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Second picture shows the progress on both sides of the bow especially the fact that I have put a single .060x.060 square rod over second group of limber holes and then I added two .060x.060 square rods on top of the limber holes and first rod extending over the forward group of holes. It all looks very clunky now, but once I get everything ready on both sides of the bow then I can start getting crazy with the sanding implements.

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Thanks for looking,

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:20 pm

Of course, after a bunch of searches and Tom posting some useful stern tube pics, I switched the search engine I was using and shuffled my words a little bit and ended up with a handful of useful pictures to add to the stack. Guess I am in for cutting open the stern tube areas and doing a bunch of detailing back there...ugh, does it end?

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Re: GUPPY III Conversion - USS TIRU - 1/144

Postby ssn705 » Tue Feb 18, 2014 10:07 pm

Took advantage of a night out by my wife and got some work done. Put the kids to bed, threw Dr Who "The Moonbase" in the DVD player and busted out the dremel in the living room. Cleared out the stbd stern torpedo tubes. Not much picture worthy, but it was nice to do some more work.

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