Eyestrain was getting to my eyes. I tossed the dossier on Capt. Crozier on the stack of others. He is good. The Americans have a lot of talent, and not to be underestimated. There were others, Porteus, who reportedly talks to his boat as if it were a woman, and his performance level is top shelf. The others of the Sub Ron 5 Battle Group are all highly skilled. The Americans have Thor, a master engineer, and Merrimen, the Rickover of submarines. Even with all the edge I am being given, they will be formitable.
Getting up from my desk I felt cramped up. A walk would do me good. I went out through the faded wooden door into the massive ship building where the boat waited.
Lighting up a cigarette, I walked slowly down it's length. Arching of the welders underneath and to the back was erie to see underneath the expanse of the massive hull. As I got to midships, the stern, now completely different, began to show itself.
It had been somewhat easy. Off the shelf technology, basically. Use the stern planes in an X configuration. X tail boats turn much faster. Something needed for battle dashing. It was decided to use two sets of stern planes, and not the origional rudders to take advantage of the increased area of 50 percent verse the rudders that were vertical. The politcal voices and design centers were reluctant to go with the full flying rudder. So staying with this made sense.
By now, I was standing under the inverted "V" of the lower planes staring at the pump jet. The Keppel design screw would make my boat quieter still.
It would be needed.
At the tips of the upper planes, the newly installed "Orca" towed array blended nicely to the fins. Newer technology. Smaller. Duel design for comparitive tracking. Yes, it should be interesting. Very interesting.
Turning to walk back to my office, I extingushed the cigarette under my boot. Over all the banging, and sounds of the arcwelders crackling away, I could see another worker walking away with another console part. The electronics were almost entirely being upgraded.
Walking past the keel, I was not concerned as the group of engineers were studying the next "upgrade". It was getting cold, and I have a bottle of Somergone hidden in my desk to take the edge off. It was going to be a long winter..
So here it is:
My answer to making the boat turn better. An X tail configuration. I acquired a second set of stern planes from Vladimir and put em on. I also mounted leds for lighting. There are pictures showing how I embedded the resistors ,permenantly, waterproof, and hidden in the rudders themselves. I borrowed an idea from an Enterprise starship build I am doing and used computer ribbon cable for wiring. It has potential. Flat,small, and paired as many as one wishes. Perfect!
I used straws filled with resin to make the towed array. Drilled one end, beveled it, and scribed a line, similar to the real thing, just back from the end. The rest of the build will be somewhat conventional,and may be a while before I post again.
The upper rudders wer badly damaged. My fault. They looked like they had been used as shirkens! One was broken in half, and both were chipped along the edges where the actual rudder moved in. I had to repair with resin, and sand. It took a Lot of time. If I had it to do over again, I would have ordered another set.
I think one can see why the cylinder transition to the pump jet now. Install it where the hull is wide enough, it would be too close to the rudders. And the taper, as it was , it way to small to mount a pump jet. In fact, I kept the distance the same as the original screw.