hakkikt wrote:A question about the anechoic coating:
As I understand it, the first photos of Seawolf were done during shakedown, when the anechoic rubber tiles had not yet been attached. This is why the sonar piece on the sail stands out - it is supposed to be flush with the rubber tiles, which had however not yet been put on.
Yes it is and BTW the Seawolf and Virginia class didn't get tiles. It's called MIP for Mold in Place. A mold is set up and mounted on the hull and the rubber compound is injected into the mold and allowed to cure.
hakkikt wrote:I see in one of the above photos that the torpedo tube doors and bow diveplanes of SSN-22 are flush with the hull surrounding them (a great photo btw!).
Since I am building a Trumpeter Seawolf, which represents the shakedown status, and I am going to model it in that status, here is the question:
Did the ends of the diveplanes and the torpedo tube doors stand out like the sonar piece - given that the anechoic tiling was not present on the hull, too?
If I remember the Trumpeter version correctly it shows the transition area where the MIP ends and the hull begins around the torpedo doors, I could be wrong. Even if it doesn't you won't have to do anything because the doors are flush to the hull any way. As for the bow planes, I believe they did stick out a little at the root and the MIP was put around them on the real boat. I have to look at my Trumpeter when I get home.
Hope this helps