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Postby GreyAkula52 » Sun Aug 03, 2008 2:17 pm

:roll: Andre’s Akula Build: K-267 Дракон (Dragon)


To Those Interested In Large Models, The Next Entries May Peak Your Interests:
Short History: This Model Was Originally Developed By Bob Buchanon, A Dedicated Model Builder And Friend. His Akula Boat, A Beauty To Say The Least, Is In 1/48" Scale. I Cannot Remember How I Met Him, But I Signed On To Help. He Provided The Masters, I Provided The Raw Materials To Start Work. About A Half Dozen Pulls From The Developed Molds Yielded Varying Quality, Workable Parts From Our "Production Staff". Not Exactly What We Looking For.
One Decent Hull Made The S/C Regatta Raffle Table, One Nice Hull Assembly As A Christmas Gift, Later Returned To Me, Two Fair Units Made It To Bob. I Was Glad He At Least Got Several Units To Work. We Commissioned, Paul Chamberlain, In The UK To Produce Props For Us. Outside Of The A Few "Historical Facts" We Settled On. Bob Developed Several Versions That Were Reproduced By The Lost Wax Process. Let Me Say This, If You Have Not Seen One Of These Babies Close Up, You Are Really Missing A True Artisan's Work. Pictures Will Follow Of These.

With My Hull Parts, The K-267 Dragon, Started As A Top Only, Natural Epoxy Colored And With Few Air Voids. I Had To Cast The Lower Hull Myself. The "Returned" Hull Would Be A First Generation Boat. Well, All Things Being Equal, I Found This Was Not Going To "Pan Out". After Close Examination, The Lower Mold I Had, Was Unusable. Switching To The "Returned" Boat, The Top Of The Unit Had Air Voids As Large As My Thumbs, Making It Usable For Practice Only. The Lower Hull, Thinner Than My "Beige Top Unit, Was Now The Way I'd Have To Proceed. The Working Hull Now Sports This Lower Section Of The Returned "Gifted" Unit. Considering Everything Else, This Worked Out. The Lower Hull, Dyed Black, Didn’t
Come Out As Envisioned. It Was Thin And Brittle. I Had To Think About What I Could Do. Adding More Epoxy And Cloth Might Work.
This Idea Was Tossed, As I Would Have To Lift This Boat Alone At Some Point. Age Should Make You Smarter. Well, What I Did Was To Make A Set Of Ribs And Longitudinal Runners, To Transfer And Spread All Flexing Forces Throughout The Center Of The Hull Structure. See These Photos Later. Note: Everything Is Hand Formed
From 1/8 inch G-10 Fiberglass Sheet, With The Exception Of The Center Rib Which Is ¼ inch Thick. All Runners Are 3/16 G-10 Rod.

More To Come!


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New Pics

Postby GreyAkula52 » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:39 am

Some Additional Photos...... I Hope They Come Out Okay!
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Postby emspaul » Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:56 pm

Hi Andre,
I have a question for you .
Why is there such a large space between the Prop and tail section?
I have started on my first Akula and the plans that I have it seems to be a lot closer.
Am I looking at this wrong?
I would hate to show up with it some where and have people laugh at me for doing it the wrong way.
Most people laugh at me after they get to know me.
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Postby ShadowPeo » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:02 pm

Take a look at the scale ships akula, thye offer from what I have heard the most accurate akula available

http://scaleships.biz/images/akula/akula24.jpg
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Postby emspaul » Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:19 pm

Thanks
My plans are wrong
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Postby Wayne Frey » Wed Sep 17, 2008 6:42 am

My book has some decent drydocks of the Akula that can help also.
I used to be in contact with Bob Buchannon, but have lost track of him. Does anyone know how to get him? Email me if you do.
I have pictures of Bob's Akula also. His detail is fantastic! And for the time, his information was very good also.
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Postby fgroza » Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:07 am

The hull from Scale Shipyards is one of the short tails. You need to add the stinger to make it correct. I believe at the time the plans were drawn by D. Merriman, not much was known about the sub. Sometimes this type of info has to be guessed at until actual photos are viewed. My Akula is one of the short tails but I'm going to run it this way.
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Postby emspaul » Wed Sep 17, 2008 9:12 am

Okay,
I can turn one out of brass and use that as the bearing?
Or do I need to make it out of plastic?
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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:16 am

your call ive seen plastic brass, bondo, and epoxy used. What workes best of you really. The brass would be darn strong though if you dont have weight issues. I had to add a bit of weight to the aft end of my scale ships akula though.
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1/48 Scale Akula Photos Set 1

Postby GreyAkula52 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 12:37 am

Here Are Some Self Explaining Photos.

Lower Hull Internal Details
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Bow On View
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Stern Detail
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Initial Control Placeholder Setup
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Postby GreyAkula52 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:04 am

Additional Build Shots
Finding Out Early Your Building The WRONG Boat!
I Started Out Making The "limber Ports" Way Too High On the Hull.
Filling and Opening New Below The First Set. Only the Midships Work Was Close... So I Left Them Alone. I'll Not Tell If You Won't. Remember, Rivet Counters, This Boat Will Not Be In A Museum, But Water!

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Initial Bow Planes Placement:
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Correcting Hull Opening Errors: Shipping Tape Application Over Opening
To Facilitate Making Opening More In Line To Desired Boat's Configuration:



Desired Effect,Epoxy Filled To Hull Level And Ready To Fair into Surface:
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1/48 Scale Akula Photos Set 2

Postby GreyAkula52 » Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:21 am

The Idea Of Using Shipping Tape Gave Me An Idea For
Forming "Exact" Fitting Hatches.
Here Is What I Tried On The Top Hull


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Oops...... I Forgot To Put In The Release Agent Doooooooh!

Now I Know What Not To Do On The Sail Hatchwork!

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Just Putting The Boat In Perspective!
Very Impressive!........ Impressive Indeed!
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Postby Myles Yancey » Sat Feb 14, 2009 1:50 pm

your doing some nice work, keep the pictures coming

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