Here are some photos of work in progress. I'm using Revell's venerable USS Lionfish (1/178) as the basis for a model of the USS Grouper, SS-214, circa July 1945. I picked the Grouper for a number of reasons:
1. Her sail has the classic openwork or "Covered Wagon" look which I feel is so identified with the WWII fleet submarine.
2. She typifies the ultimate in WWII Submarine technology.
3. Her limber holes match the Lionfish.
4. She has dual 40mm mounts and a 5"/25 gun.
I used the Revell Lionfish because when I started this project it was the only Gato kit available and I was familiar with it and its warts.
So far I have just about finished modifying the sail and I have most of the hull done. I plan on portraying her submerged on an approach. I did not attempt to scale the teak decking. Nautilus had not yet come out with their wood deck replacement when I started. All of the scratch work I did is in 1/192 scale even though the kit is 1/178. I still have to create the parabolic reflectors for the SJ and SV radar antennas. I built the platform for the masthead light and I will install the clear plastic light after painting. There are only 3-4 photos of the USS Grouper that I have been able to find. I have about 115 pages of reverse-engineering drawings I've created for the scratch work I had to do. I want to thank the folks at the USS Cod Museum and Tom Dougherty of SubCommittee for the photos they got for me of specific areas of the Cod and Flasher sails. I also used my own photos of the Pompanato in San Francisco, the Lionfish in Fall River, MA, the Drum in Mobile, Alabama, and the Flasher sail in Groton, CT. And thank God for Floating Drydock's Gat and Balao Plans book!
Here is a "before and after" shot of the 40mm mount:
The #2 'scope hasbeen added:
Any and all comment/criticism is welcome.
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