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5"/25 Cal. Wet Submarine Gun

Postby RickNelson » Thu Jun 25, 2009 6:09 pm

I've almost completed the Lionfish project I've been working on. I've used the Revell kit to render the USS Grouper , SS-214, as she appeared in July 1945.

One of the subassemblies I had to scratch build was a 5"/25 Cal. Wet Submarine Gun in 1/181 scale as the Grouper had one mounted forward of her fairwater. I had to reverse engineer the gun from photographs and a few overall drawings in order to create a set of scale drawings that I could build from. I wound up with 23 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" quadril pad drawings. The gun is an assembly of 172 individual parts, mostly plastic but a few brass.

One thing I've noticed is that photographing this close in on a subject almost shows the paint molecules! So, keep in mind that the finished product looks cleaner when viewed by a Mk. 1, Mod. 0 Eyeball.

Comments are appreciated.

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Front
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Rear
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Example Drawing
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Subassemblies
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Postby BoomerFunker » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:18 pm

Just beautiful and considering the scale and all those tiny parts its downright mind boggling.

I have a similar project ongoing and tons of questions on how you managed such a feat.

Thanks for posting.

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Postby Scott T » Fri Jun 26, 2009 11:54 am

Pretty amazing.

-Scott
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Postby RickNelson » Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:01 pm

Thank you for your nice comments. :D
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Postby Al Nuci » Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:08 am

Wonderful job Rick, the extra vents you've added on your boat must have been a bear, but they certainly add a nice touch to the overall build as does the 5" deck gun. I personally would have preferred the later version Gato had Revel offered it. The more vents and guns the better IMO. Regards, Al,
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Postby RickNelson » Sun Jun 28, 2009 12:18 pm

Thank you Al. I have always felt the 1945 "Covered Wagon" modified Gatos were the ultimate in underwater warfair.
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