Yes, finally: DELIVERANCE
Today I delivered Seaview
in all her partially built glory to Steve Neill's Magic Workshop for completion. The plan is for him to build her over the course of the next three weeks for pickup sometime over the July 4th weekend.
Still in progress are two special modules for later delivery to Steve for inclusion in the build:
1) A scale reproduction of the Observation Room from the First Season of the TV series—mostly a lot of wood paneling, quite a different look from the bells and whistles of the reconfigured Observation Room/Control Room of later TV seasons. I''ll be working on that here at the Porteous Palace over the next two to three weeks.
2) A highly modified custom sound effects module originally from RAM (R/C) Products of Chicago. They make and sell mostly pre-wired lighting and/or sound sets for R/C cars, boats, planes and trains. In this case, custom work completed eight+ years ago via my special order is at long last being built (and modified for fit) by local SC buddy (and 66" C.R. Nautilus
build partner) Neil Schmidt.
Here's a look at some of the final work completed before handing the project off to Steve. I'd taken a Vacation Day off from work on Friday, so I got in two-and-a-half days of toil before delivery—just enough time to get Seaview
mostly where I wanted her before putting her in Steve's capable hands. Some things I'd planned to finish will now be his responsibility, other items may need to be altered later depending on how the build goes. We'll see.
This is the forward wall of the Observation Room—it butts up against the bottom of those eight big bow windows. This is from Mr. Merriman's upgrade kit for Rick Teskey's hull. Of course, it was designed for the four-window later Seaview
version, whose interior geometry is utterly different from my model's, making this part the wrong size and shape and thus requiring a lot of cutting, sanding, shaping, heating and bending to shoehorn it into how I needed it to fit. The girder network for those windows (not shown here yet) were likewise designed for that radically different bow version, and I quickly found when beginning its assembly that I pretty much had to start over from scratch. I could still use Mr. Merriman's white metal upgrade kit parts, but I had to completely redesign the configuration—by way of frustrating, very time-consuming trial and error—radically altering things from the original scale look. It should eventually still fit and look pretty good, but it won't—and can't—be true "scale" for you purists. More on that later.
This shot shows me altering the rounded Observation Room deck for a blunt forward end so it'll fit more flush into the snout.
Tack-gluing the forward wall into position on the O.R. deck. Later, I permanently screwed it into place.
Drilling out the hole for the searchlight lens, then building it up with putty for a flush lens fit—first with Milliput, then with Evercoat, later in sequence with both again. This little project bedeviled me throughout multiple attempts: I found I could build up a good snout "fairing" with the lens in place, but of course it collapsed or later crumbled with sanding once the lens itself was removed. I never did get it right, and of course the lens can't stay in during later painting, so ultimately this will become Steve's post-painting putty touch-up headache. Hey, I tried. It was one of the things mentioned above which was not quite how I'd hoped for her to be when delivered.
Test-fitting the lens and searchlight cage, then a last (and ultimately failed) putty build-up attempt.
Now we're at Steve's. Here's a closeup of the reverse RCABS WTC unit made for me by Big Dave Welch. This is the forward end, showing what little space is available for extra electronic goodies: essentially none, since the receiver has to go in here too. I do hope the LED lighting circuit board can perhaps squeeze in here; not sure where it'll go if it doesn't. Meanwhile, the sound effects module mentioned above obviously can't reside here, so thought must now (and quickly) be given to buying or creating a small, separate, self-contained watertight compartment for it
Test-fitting the WTC into Seaview
's hull on a workbench at Steve's shop. I'd hoped to include a shot of Steve and/or his new dog Rosie here, but alas, we got so carried away with Seaview
and other model talk that we ran out of time. So it usually goes…
Next time, more on the Observation Room build.
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