Hi, all,

Looking for some sounding-board advice or comments regarding this crazy plan I have: Since I can't find a 1/350 Jimmy Carter kit on the market, I'm thinking of trying to build one from two Bronco Seawolf class kits. As many of you will know, the J.C. is the third an final boat of the class, but it's a hundred feet longer than its sisters ships, Seawolf and Connecticut.

I bought two Seawolf kits but haven't started this yet. Mainly, I've been trying to figure out how I'm going to get that extra hull in there. I'll start by measuring carefully and then cutting through one of the kits' hulls, top and bottom, so that I have 100 feet of hull in 1/350 scale. That's easy. The problem is how to come up with a strong hull that will hold together for the actual model. My plan:

On the second kit, make cuts on top and bottom hull halves to allow insertion of extra hull from first kit. My idea is to then take a piece of posterboard of the appropriate length and roll it so it forms a cylinder just slightly smaller than the diameter of the sub -- basically,so that it would fit on the inside of the joined sub body cylinder. In essence,it would become a stiffener, to which the six pieces of hull could be attached -- top and bottom aft hull, top and bottom inserted hull, top and bottom forward hull. My thinking is this should offer enough stability so that the finished model holds together and, in fact, is actually sturdy.

Thoughts?