O.K., I have a few weeks of filling, grinding, applying details and rivets and cleaning behind me, and yesterday we finally could paint the upper hull in RAL7001. Here are the first impressions. I'm rather pleased.
And of course we have to look at the assembly as well........puts a smile on my face
O.K., spent two weeks with filters and washings to weather the upper hull. I did a subtle job and on the photos it looks even more subtle. I'm not a big fan of weatherings that look like the bot got sunk five times. I hope the washings and filters will go well together with the acrylic clear coat I'm going to apply next. Well, we'll see. Next is the weathering of the lower hull. As it is les detailed, it should be a quicker job than the upper hull.
And on we go.....the machine frame is ready.Here some pictures. Just the receiver, gaskets and bellows, and then I can check if everything is watertight.
Also additional work on the upper hull. Finished the mechanics to extend the snorkels and the chain drive of the upper rudder. The snorkels are actuated via a Firgelli linear servo which is located in an watertight compartment below the conning tower.