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

Postby ssn705 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:36 pm

Stern tube areas are complete and I have started piercing the internal cylinder with 3/16 tubes that will ultimately protrude from the top and bottom of the hull. Two of these will provide mooring points for later. Once I get the two tubes in place, then I'll do the final alignment to the hull and I can lop off the forward section of the hull and seal up the aft end around the cylinder.

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

Postby SteveNeill » Sat Jun 07, 2014 1:38 pm

Beautiful work!

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

Postby ssn705 » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:57 pm

Thanks Steve. A lot of boring prep work this weekend. Nothing picture worthy. Hopefully something good coming soon, but unfortunately I am pulling triple duty starting tomorrow with a new job, wrapping up a yard project and working more on this boat.

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

Postby ssn705 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:07 pm

Ohhhh, now I have gone and done it! I finished putting in the supporting pieces on the port bow and then I made the big cut...and both bow sides are separated from both stern sides...

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I did it quickly...like ripping off a band aid so that there was no chance to turn back :)

Then I started clearing holes in the hull for the support rods that pass through the inner cylinder. These will allow me to slide the finished model onto a simple mount and help tie the cylinder into the hull to further strengthen the whole thing as I do the extension.

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Amost there...probably have the stern halves together this evening...we'll see.

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

Postby ssn705 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:37 pm

Well, I got the two stern halves joined around the internal cylinder. Not the greatest fit, but it is tight together and I added a strip of plastic to the upper seam that will be below the superstructure just for some added strength. I have some detailing work on the stern that I think I will do next (just tweaking the flood holes that are between the tubes on each side) and then I'll probably move on to adding the bow section on and then building the inserted section's outer hull. Here's a few shots of the stern section and cylinder together with the port side of the bow taped into place...

Full shot from the side...

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Close up showing the size of the extension...

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Shot from above...

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As I think about it, it makes the most sense to me to glue on the bow kit parts and then work on adding the extension hull in before moving on to doing more work on the bow... makes sense right? Seems the most obvious choice, but want to make sure I am not missing something...


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

Postby ssn705 » Thu Jun 26, 2014 11:50 pm

So, some more work got done. I added in the spacers top and bottom of the cylinder for the extension. I also added in strips to provide support at either edge of the extension. Not all that exciting, but here are the pics...

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Progress has slowed since I have had to pull all the display models down to the work room in preparation for having the tile on main floor of my house be replaced with hardwood. I still have to move my hundreds of reference and history books as well...

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On the very bottom of the pic is a Holland that I need to refurbish...and six finished revell lionfish that are hidden under the table.

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

Postby ssn705 » Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:47 pm

Got around to doing some more work. I finished up the work on the torpedo tubes, but I haven't taken any more pictures of that. After some clean up of the inside of each bow section I went ahead and glued the ribs in place for the extension and added the bow sections...

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That was followed by starting with the bottom layer of the skin. I did each side separately instead of trying to wrap it completely around the section...

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After the first layer was done on each side I dryfitted the top layer I intended to use (a thicker sheet that could take more sanding) and then put some shim pieces in to even everything out...

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A very thin layer of sheet was put in place and then covered with the thicker final layer. I grabbed my trusty pencil just to show where the weld lines would go in...

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Some sanding is required to even everything slightly, and I obviously need to fill the keel strip, but once the weld seams are made, any remaining discontinuity should disappear since there will be a seam at the forward and aft ends of the insert.

I guess I am going to go do some yard work for a while so I can take a break and get ready for a night of work.

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

Postby ssn705 » Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:47 pm

I promise I am making progress. I will post some pictures over the weekend hopefully. Underways and time as acting CO are cramping build time.

More to follow.

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

Postby ssn705 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:08 pm

Ok, finally a couple pics. Working on replacing the deck. from the first pic, you will understand why I put in the spacers underneath to provide support to the entire structure. It also shows how I am putting the plates in in sections instead of trying to make a huge insert at once. It also gives me a chance to realign stuff if needed. The second picture shows a couple more plates in place and it is conveniently sitting on a set of Mike Keating's sail templates sized to 1/144. More to come tomorrow hopefully.

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