I haven't been able to do any work on my sub for some time due to family illnesses.
We lost my dad 3 weeks ago. He was a great american and a member of the Great Generation who served in
I have found some time to proceed and have decided to redo (am I already redoing things) the tower hatch. Originally, I used the
plastic turret and glued the arms to that. After giving this some thought, I decided it better to have a complete brass hatch with all
components soldered together.
I did not think to take pics of the deck hatch but I did snap a couple of the rear deck hatch. I will make the one deck hatch give access to the
air filler valve for the periscopes and the other the on/off switch.
To make the hatches, I first machined a tool to form the turret. Then I machined a brass washer to the proper specs and soldered the two together.
Next a sleeve,bushing configuration was soldered below the decking and the arms soldered to the bushing and the turret.
The hatchs seem to work perfectly to this point.
here is the hatch in it's closed position. I soldered two small tabs to the bottom of the decking as stops.
Here is the hatch in it's open position. I still need to add the barrel and mounting surface for the air valve.
I have started the wintergarden. I made a wooden buck to use here that worked well in keeping the railing level with the windergarden decking.
I used a .02 x .10" piece of brass that replicates the raised edge on on the real boat. It proved to been a big help in soldering the vertical stancions
into position. More work to be done here.
During my time away from this project, I inadvertantly lost a set of the large hatch arms. Would anyone have this kit be willing
to part with a pair? If your not making working hatches their of little value. If anyone needs the original plastic hatchs I will be glad to