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Revell 1:72 U-boat: Where is the sail hatch wheel?

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Postby Casey Thrower » Mon Apr 26, 2004 7:13 pm

I see nothing in the instructions nor do I see a hand crank for the sail hatch. Was this left off on purpose? Also, I hope someone comes out with a brass wintergarden rail as mine was broken in several places. I got it glued together but it's way too fragile for RC use.
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Postby sam reichart » Tue Apr 27, 2004 12:29 pm

If I were going to r/c this model, I'd probably get rid of anything that resembled styrene that is related to guns, railings, dive planes and rudders, prop shaft, prop shaft supports, periscopes, antennas, net cutters...hmmm...I guess that leaves just the hull, deck and conning tower. And I'd still trade the deck for an etched one...

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Postby safrole » Tue Apr 27, 2004 1:36 pm

The round railing set you mention is probably a job best fabricated by hand from wire/rod. I am including side railings in the photoetch kit, but they will not be strong either. For more strength you should redo all the railings in rod. You could use the PE set as a template when bending. In fact, I suppose I should just include little 1:1 paper templates with the kit to help people do that. It would probably be easier than using the Revell sprue, and very little extra work on this end.
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Postby sam reichart » Tue Apr 27, 2004 3:19 pm

jason-
I have the Amati kit, and at 1/72 scale, the flat nature of the railings is fairly evident in photoetch. I agree, rod is the way to go. Having 1:1 templates for bending would probably help quite a few builders in fashioning these parts.
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Postby raalst » Tue Apr 27, 2004 6:57 pm

Hi,
a 1:1 template for bending would be easy,
it seems :
just put the plastic ones in clay, resin, or
any other suitable molding material,
let harden and get the plastic part out.

presto : a 1:1 template to fold the brass into.

you might want to heat the brass to prevent
a spring-type action.

(ok, I confess, never tried this myself)
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Postby safrole » Tue Apr 27, 2004 7:11 pm

Sam, I have that Amati also. I agree with you on the railings being flat. I may just forego those and stick to including templates. No use wasting plate space on them I guess.

Ronald your idea is interesting. I put the rails on a scanner and squeezed them out flat, but the clay idea would also be successful I think.
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Postby Casey Thrower » Tue Apr 27, 2004 9:43 pm

Now does anyone know where the hatch wheel is?
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Postby oforberg » Wed Apr 28, 2004 9:24 am

I found mine rattling around in the packing box...there were two of them.
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Postby Casey Thrower » Wed Apr 28, 2004 6:49 pm

oforberg wrote:I found mine rattling around in the packing box...there were two of them.

I don't see a hole to mount it in. It's just a strange oversite.
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