Greetings all! This will be covering my slow but steady work on my Russian Typhoon 1/72 scale. She will be affectionately named Leviathan through her build process and i may keep the name upon her christening. Having been an rc dabbler in many fields, from trucks, cars, and some planes. I have now set my sights on the submarine world. I have always had a passion for submarines and rc is an excellent way to follow that endeavor.
I began my journey by looking into the subs and deciding upon which model and type i would choose from. I have always been in favor of German U-boats but i also have a craving for the Russian. The deciding factor was the sheer size and power that the Russians produced with the Typhoon. No submarine in history can match her size. Minus the Kursk who sank due to torpedo failure while still in the boat.
Now then I also selected the static diving system being that i wanted to be as close to the function of the real sub as possible. After looking abroad at kits on the internet i stumbled upon http://www.rvjunkie.com/sub/
. John was one of the best resources i have yet to find in his detailed construction and insight. I will be following in his footsteps.
My Typhoon will be just under 8' Long. I started gathering the plans online and ran across several schematics of typhoons that were either incorrect or very accurate. After combing through and selecting the best ones I decided to have them blow up to scale or as close as possible. Why do you ask? well now having to scale plans cuts 1/2 of the work in figuring the size and placement of various cutting and marking spots. Instead of measure and hope, convert, measure, place and double check. I am now able to simply measure and place with no conversions other than marking the positions.
I altered the images from .gif format to .eps format using Inkscape which is a Vector file. For those who do not know a Vector file is the type of file that is used in plotting and cutting machines. Such as those used to cut diagrams for decals, signs and what have you. Think of it as a 2D CNC machine. I have a friend who dose this for his business and was more than happy to help with this. As you will see the detail is quite amazing and will set the stage for this beauty through out her construction.
If anyone is interested in having a set of plans made feel free to pm me. These plans cost me $70.00 usd to have done.
I will begin the hull the next weekend.
Until next time
The Original Plans from the internet.
The End Result