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MODELING THE USS WILL ROGERS

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MODELING THE USS WILL ROGERS

Postby Bill Rogers » Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:22 pm

For several years I've been researching this boat to build a display model. Why this boat? Well, my name is William Rogers but at the US Merchant Marine Academy my knick name was "Will" Rogers. I worked a few years at sea as a marine engineer so I know my way around ships and engine rooms. But after visiting the USS Redfin in Baltimore many years ago, I was hooked on subs as a hobby. Since then I’ve built several RC and display models but my goal has long been to model the "Willy R" as she was known to many. The plan is to build in 1:120 scale and represent as accurately as possible the detail I've researched. This will include such things as main ballast tank flood holes, main and aux seawater suctions and discharges, secondary propulsion motor and a host of other goodies.

Since I don't have a lathe, I decided to use pink foam as the hull reinforced by 1/4" all thread stock as the centerline axis. I'm using a drill press, bandsaw, sander, dremel, and several other hand tools. So, here we go.

The first picture is of my dust collector box set up at the drill press and connected to my shop vac.
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Three rough circles of foam were glued together and mounted on the mandel for "turning" on the drill press using various grades of sandpaper glued to tongue depressors as the cutting tool.
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This was the first attempt at shaping the bow. Note that I used a wooden dowel instead on the mandrel. After a few failed attempts to shape the bow in foam I switched to balsa for the final. The pink foam didn't hold up that well at the bow.
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For smoothing the hull I cut a mailing tube in half, glued sandpaper to the inside and used it to sand the wallboard joint compound after it dried.
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This is the hull nearing completion of the first step. Later I fiberglassed over the hull to add strength.
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Re: MODELING THE USS WILL ROGERS

Postby Bill Rogers » Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:59 pm

I should have mentioned earlier that I used the jig below to cut my pink foam circles on the bandsaw to form the hull.
http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... G_5047.jpg

I thought this would work just fine but after fiberglassing the hull and checking for true I discovered my tapered stern was out of alignment. I tried correcting it by cutting out a wedge shaped section but that didn’t work at all.
http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... G_4745.jpg

This was so frustrating that I threw out the whole thing and started over. This time I used a heavy duty mailing tube for the parallel midsection of the hull and cut most of the fore and aft tapers on the bandsaw tilting the table to the angle that gave the closest fit. This still required some wallboard joint compound for shaping. The 1/4” all thread and circular pink foam sections run through the mailing tube. After fiberglassing again the alignment checked out fine.
http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... G_4756.jpg

Once the hull was where I wanted it, I started concentrating on all the underwater hull penetrations. I start on the underside because the finished model will be supported by two 1” diameter clear plastic rods and I need to layout the underside to see where to drill for the plastic rods.

I’ve had in mind for some time that I want to model the Secondary Propulsion Motor in the deployed position but at 1:120 scale I wasn’t sure how it would work out. Here are some shots of the real SPM, the work in progress and the final. I thought if it didn’t turn out well I would not do the SPM and just scribe in the cover door instead. I was happy with the way it turned out so the SPM will be shown deployed.

http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... ONMOTO.jpg

http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... G_5004.jpg

http://i345.photobucket.com/albums/p392 ... G_5033.jpg

Now it’s time for some vacation and my wife & I are off to Hawaii for awhile. I’ll post more after we return.

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Re: MODELING THE USS WILL ROGERS

Postby Bill Rogers » Mon Apr 12, 2010 4:17 pm

This thread has been moved and will be continued on the Builder Thread under the same title.
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