I am going to start this thread with a great deal more detail information than I will later on in the build. This is my first build of an RC Submarine, and for that matter, a model as sophisticated as this kit. My thoughts are that by going into a little more detail of where I am in the build it will give you some insights as to what my capabilities are, or are not, thereby allowing for help you may see that I need. This extra detail might also help someone else in the same catagory and/or position that I find myself.
Before I started any of the build, I removed the English assembly instructions, and the assembly photos from the instructions accompaning the kit, and placed each in a separate loose leaf binder. I felt this would make it easier to move from written instructions to photos during the build. I also gathered all the tools and materials I thought I would need and placed them on a separate workbench. One of the materials was the glue, and I took the shotgun approach on this.
I began by assembling the stand which was pretty straight forward. I took advantage of this to use different types of glue, except for the Stabilit-Express, to get an idea how each worked. This was Step 0. I Really could not find much difference between the "CA" type glues.
After assembling the stand I moved on to Step 1 and immediately ran into trouble. I simply could not find the parts. I checked every clear plastic bag containing parts and could not see anything resembling the photos in the plan sheet. I thougth to myself, I am not going to ask for help at only the beginning of Step 1, so I better figure this out! I decided to check the plan drawings against the written instructions description of the parts to see what scale the plan sheet was drawn. I figured that I could then search by measuring the parts to find the ones I was looking for. As it turns out the plan sheet is 1:1 so that was going to make it easier. Nevertheless, I still could not find the parts and I was ready to admit I was indeed an idiot. At the last moment, just before I was going to blame it all on my wife, I turned over the package containing the WTC end caps and there were the parts for which I was searching.
Step 1 involves soldering. I have done very little soldering so I checked on line and read up on the different types of solder and soldering. I then purchased bits and pieces of brass and copper and did some practice soldering before I attempted Step 1. The practice soldering and Step 1 soldering took about 2 hours or so, and then I quit for the day. About 2 hours later I came down with an excruciating headache. It lasted the rest of the day and thru the nite. A little investigation revealed that I should have either worn the respirator that I have, or used a fan to blow the fumes away. I purchased a small fan today.
I am still on Step 1 and have run into another problem for which I need help. I need to drill a 7mm hole in one of the bulkheads, however, I have not been able to find a 7mm drill bit within a 30 mile radius of my home, and the set I purchased on line only goes up to 5mm. I know that a 14mm wrench is more or less equal to a 9/16 wrench so I figured a 9/32 drill bit (one half of 18/32) should be very close to 7mm. Part #1.5 tubular rivet and part #1.10 washer fit thru the 7mm hole in part 1.11 bulkhead. There is no hole in part #1.11 but since the tubular rivet is 7mm in diameter, I must assume that is the diameter of the hole. Since there is no "seal" where Part #1.5 goes thru Part #1.11, and Part #1.5 is simply glued in place, I am assuming the 9/32 drill hole will be okay as it is just slightly larger (I drilled test holes on blank areas of the parts sheet) than the rivet. Is this a good assumption?
The other question I have at this point in the build is what is the best way to remove the parts from the parts sheets? I have tried cutting the pieces out with my exacto knife but to no avail. There has to be a trick to this.....at least I hope there is. I am stuck at this point because I do not want to damage any of the parts, so I need help here.
The photos below are of my shop space and how I have arranged things to this point. This is just to give you and idea of how I am working, and what I have at my disposal for the build. In the future I am sure I will have more detailed photos and less detail in my narrative. Any comments or suggestions for this thread, and/or answers to my questions above will be greatly appreciated.
I just did a "preview" of this post and when I clicked on the photos to enlarge, they downloaded huge, but I found by waiting until they were completely downloaded, they reverted to a correct size. I need some help here on how to not have this happen again. Thanks.
Time is a patient predator.