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U-253 in Progress Continues...

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Postby Jess » Fri Dec 02, 2005 11:38 am

I accidentally posted this on the "modeling tips" forum..I hope it's ok, if I post it too.

I finally got around to taking some pics of the very slow progress of my U-253. I got the hull together with the upper pressure hull kit and pieced the brass deck togther. I plan on using the metal deck pieces from Eduard on the bow and stern sections. I also plan on using the Eduard kit for the other details on the deck. You'll see that I sanded the areas on the deck where I had the Modelbrass details. I found them too thick and not accurately detailed unlike the Eduard.

The upper pressure hull is nice. But I found the mid section to be a little sway back and the pieces didn't quite match up with each other. Not that it matters since they'll be covered up anyway. It does give the boat a nice weight. I did add the conning tower to it and the housing for the sky 'scope, plus the ammunitions container. I didn't add the missing aft torpedo loading hatch. I think it may have not been there in the first place because you couldn't see it if it was there.

The brass deck is great. The attention to detail is superb. This is the only deck with the correct scale flood slots out there. It's a little bit of a pain to shimmy it and piece it together, but it's well worth it.

http://homepage.mac.com/jess13/PhotoAlbum62.html

Take Care,

Jess
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Postby tabledancer » Fri Dec 02, 2005 3:27 pm

Looks real good Jess,I see that you changed the exaust ports and a few other things :cool: How did you connect the deck sections to each other.I C/Aed both of mine.SHOULD have sodered 407,because thats were it all came apart when I had that emergency blow on the first patrol.Did you see Dougies article in The Report.
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Postby Jess » Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:41 am

Hey Mike,

I put the deck together and then attached it to the hull. I used plastic card to hold the pieces together. Don't shimmy your deck like I did though. I should have put the plastic pieces on the inside lip of the hull and laid the deck down on top.

The bow section of the hull, where the deck fits into, was really warped. I don't know if it had anything to do with cutting out the anchor housing and moving it, but man, what a pain in the butt getting it glued in place.
Lots of clamps and tape to hold it together.

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