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Online source of 688 Flt. III diagrams, etc.?

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Online source of 688 Flt. III diagrams, etc.?

Postby dhanners » Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:11 pm

Howdy, folks, I'm new here but I'm in a bit of a pickle and I'm wondering if someone can point me in the right direction. I'm a cardmodeler and I'm wanting to build a card model of a Los Angeles-class sub, but the only available model is an early version and I want to modify it to a Flight III. I'm having difficulty, though, finding any good sources online of three-views, diagrams, drawings or anything else that would give me a good idea of what the main external visual differences are between the version the model represents and the Flight III that I want to turn it into.

Any guidance?

Thanks.
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Postby Tom Dougherty » Sat Jan 24, 2009 3:58 pm

There are no online sources of Los Angeles class submarines drawings or plan sets. You can purchase a decent set of drawings from Deep Sea Designs, which shows the modifications of the later LAs. I'm not certain that these plans have the anhedrals, however.
http://www.deepseadesigns.net/laclass.html

The anhedrals on the 688-I look a bit like this:

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The 688-I sail and bow look like this:

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An early 688 model is to the right of the 688-I model
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Postby dhanners » Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:29 am

Thanks, Tom. The photos are quite helpful. I'll check out the plans, too.
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Postby Pirate » Mon Jan 26, 2009 9:27 pm

Tom, where'd you get all those itty-bitty, teeny-tiny, tiny-teeny, bitty-itty little submarines? They're sooooo cute. I'm surprised that red on the bottom of them isn't pink. :wink: They're not very threatening in that size.

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Postby Tom Dougherty » Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:07 pm

Pete, those are Ralph Ratcliffe's resin kits in 1/700 scale. Highly accurate & put the old DML 1/700 kits to shame. The scribing is unbelievably fine & detailed. He also makes a Polaris/Poseidon SSBN in that scale. You can make a nice, compact display with these kits.

No way to get a micro WTC in them, I'm afraid.
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Postby Pirate » Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:27 pm

Do you need a magnifying glass to look at those? I bet I could get a couple hundred in my Ohio model.

They do look very nice.
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Postby Tom Dougherty » Sat Mar 14, 2009 11:38 am

Do you need a magnifying glass to look at those? I bet I could get a couple hundred in my Ohio model.


Well, I do have to say that I switched to 1/350 scale and higher after doing those! I do have a large magnifying lens but you can still get headaches dealing with 1/700 subs.

Hey, there's a challenge; a miniature WTC for 1/700 models. You could run them in your bath tub during the winter...
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