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The US-(C)SSN996 'Dragonfish', a Cold War concept sub.

Postby U-33 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:08 am

Thought you may be interested to see my interpretation on the Cold War CONFORM Concept design, it's based on a picture in a book I found on the internet. It's a converted Trumpeter Seawolf kit, with a lot of good old modeller's licence applied.

The new top deck unit was cut from the deck of an old Trumpeter Kilo and subsequently chopped, joined and filled. I had the alter the Seawolf deck a bit to get things to fit properly, but I think it looks reasonable.
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Apologies for the poor quality photos, my camera batteries have died, these are taken on my old mobile phone.
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby ManOwaR » Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:37 pm

Right On!
I've always thought this would be a neat project, and finally someone has done it!

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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:39 pm

Well, thank you sir..!

Question...what colour scheme do you guys think the CONFORM boats would have been painted in? Black all over, or black topsides with red anti foul below water? Any ideas anywhere?


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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby ManOwaR » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:54 pm

I would venture on saying that for the time period that that boat would have been built (post sturgeon, and in the stead of the LAs) it would have been red bottom and black top.

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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:33 pm

I have been looking at a few pictures of the new Virginia sail and it is UUUUUggggllyyyy. Why cant we get sexy stuff like the Russians?
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:32 am

ManOwaR wrote:I would venture on saying that for the time period that that boat would have been built (post sturgeon, and in the stead of the LAs) it would have been red bottom and black top.

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Thanks Joel, guess I'll go with that...after all, who's to say it's wrong? One advantage of building a boat that was never built in full size...


Nuke Power wrote:I have been looking at a few pictures of the new Virginia sail and it is UUUUUggggllyyyy. Why cant we get sexy stuff like the Russians?


Nuke, you can't really say that the CONFORM project was exactly attractive...and certainly not sexy!


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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby greenman407 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:24 pm

Hey Kevin, what pictures of the Virginias "NEW" sail? Ive not seen them.
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby greenman407 » Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:26 pm

U-33, nice going on the project. I can see that you didnt want to build a "me too boat" but wanted something distinctive and different, I like it. Keep it going! :)
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Thu Sep 09, 2010 12:00 pm

greenman407 wrote:U-33, nice going on the project. I can see that you didnt want to build a "me too boat" but wanted something distinctive and different, I like it. Keep it going! :)


She's nearly ready for trimming, ballasting and initial sea trials now, still unpainted as yet, but almost there. I have to make up two little brackets to locate the wtc in it's position in the hull, and two more little brackets to secure the battery pack out in the free flood area and she's about done. I'm aiming to have her ready for the next Dive In at Brockwell Lido...if all goes well.


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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Fri Sep 10, 2010 2:53 am

Isn't it annoying when you get everything installed internally, switch the power on, fix the deck down...and discover that you've got the rudder servo controlling the rear 'planes and the rear 'planes servo controlling the rudder....


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I altered the wtc, made it longer so as I could fit the battery pack internally, just made a resin joiner and cyano'ed it all together.

All is now sorted and everything works as it should. Sea trials in the domestic test tank(AKA 'the bath')should be conducted later today.




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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:13 am

Done and dusted, I'm hoping to be able to persuade the paintmeister in the workshops at work tomorrow to spray it for me. I think I'll go for Joel's advice and go for red undersides and black topsides, with various deck details picked out in white or silver.

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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby petn7 » Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:13 pm

Very cool!
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:44 am

Thank you sir!!
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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby U-33 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:24 pm

Well, she's finally got her bum wet...bit nose heavy still, but nothing too serious. Important thing is that the wtc is bone dry, I left her in the bath for three hours weighted down and there was not a drop of water inside her.

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Re: Seawolf CONFORM

Postby greenman407 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:48 pm

Now thats a water test! Id be afraid to leave mine under for that long. Must be water tight , for now.
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