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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby Pirate » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:44 pm

Herrmill, I love what you're doing with the aluminum tape. Makes it look like actual panels and the imperfections caused by the tape's glue underneath create neat hammered metal effect.

Where your tape pieces meet each other, do they butt flush against each other on the edge leaving a recessed line between, or do they overlap slightly leaving a raised edge?

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:47 pm

This isn't my build, but Rick Palumbo's of RPM Tech who we commissioned to develop the Foxtrot kit. I'm only posting details of progress as Rick sends them.

Feel free to contact Rick directly at his blog for any questions or to order the kit: http://www.rpmtech1blog.com

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby gantu » Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:39 pm

Hi chuck see the link this guy make cotum porps very cheap.

http://www.gsitek-props.co.uk/
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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:41 pm

Rick's in the final stretch before making a mold this week. :D

Here are some examples of "oil canning" done to the hull. Frame stations seen under the skin from bouncing up against the pier, wave action, etc...

We're seeking consensus now from those interested in the kit if this this nasty enough looking like a Fox during its mid-career stage. Since this is an "open-source project", any & all input is certainly welcome.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby Pirate » Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:52 am

I think it's totally awesome guys. Love the detailing of that tape and the ribbing you mention.

My only comment would be to see if you could get that sail to match up better to the hull where it attaches. The gap at the sides seems excessive, especially for scale. Perhaps you are planning to get to that more. If that's the case, then you've got it covered.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:12 am

Pete,

Thanks. I believe Rick has that covered once he includes the deck.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:43 pm

Ricks's put this baby to bed & started with the hull mold today.

Won't be long, boys, before we have ourselves a Foxtrot kit!!! :D :D :D

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Sun Jan 31, 2010 7:45 pm

Hull molds are done & production's about to start for those who placed a deposit on the kit once the initial build is complete. Props have been outsourced to one of the best craftsmen in the hobby to speed up production & first glimpse of David's work looks fantastic!

Gantu sent us some new photos for reference on detailing the Foxtrot. For those not on the distribution list send me a PM with your email & I'll be happy to forward the 70+ photos & drawings that I received.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Thu Feb 04, 2010 4:23 am

Rick sent in a new photo as he prepares to make the tower mold. In case I hadn't mentioned before, deck & vents will be photo etch.

I was privy to several emails on the prop / scopes / mast work that David's doing & have to say what you'll see once the photos come in will blow your socks off!

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:57 am

Here are photos of the prop work that's underway by the master himself.

Masts, scopes & other fittings will are soon to follow.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Mon Feb 15, 2010 11:47 pm

Here are a few photos of David's work on the masters for the Foxtrot masts.

You can read David's "cabel report" on the original build thread over at RCG: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthre ... 097&page=8

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:59 am

More photos from Mr. Meriman of the radar mast. Not bad, eh?

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:33 am

Aside from the photo etch decks & vents & the fittings Dave's currently working, the Foxtrot is essentially done.

Here are a couple photos of the buoys Rick sent late last week.

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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Mon May 10, 2010 4:41 am

To update you folks on the 1/72 Foxtrot kit, Rick has been waiting on photo etch from one of his sub-vendors & David's fittings to complete the kit.

As some of you already know, David is buried up to his neck in torpedo kit production for Caswell while Rick's busy with a half-scale V2 rocket :shock: project for a well-known aerospace museum. I've heard rumors of a hit being placed on the PE source, but those are strictly unsubstantiated & cannot be confirmed at press time.

Stay tuned... its coming, boys. :D
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Re: Project 641 Foxtrot Update

Postby herrmill » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:50 pm

For those patient enough to wait, David sent out an email today advising he's back on the project & expects to have tooling completed within the next few weeks. Here's an excerpt & photos from his email for those not on the mailing list:

A number of months ago I took on the job of producing the 'fittings kits' for this product. After considerable delay, I'm back on the job and will prepare a proper Cabal Report on the continuing effort, where I'll better detail the work.

As you can see, I'm going whole-hog on this project. A number of decades ago a ship I was on, towing a barge across the Mediterranean, was shadowed by one of Omar's FOXTROT's, so this boat is near and dear to me...

Anyway, I'm putting the rest of the holiday in on this project and hope to have tooling by the first week of the new year.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, guys.

David,


I'm excited to see that the kit is getting closer to completion. Feel free to contact Rick at RPM Tech for more info.

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