The Borei was constructed from an incomplete Akula. The russians sectioned the unbuilt boat, streached it for the missile section, and did what I expected, put on a pump jet. Here is some visual evidence of what I speak:
So, I follow their lead.
First: plans made to scale:
Then, I had posted for several Akula kits wanted. I had calculated it would take 3 hulls spliced together to get to the 70.4 inches length.
However, I got lucky. On a web search I tripped across a model rockety store, that,as luck would have it, has a 5.5 diameter (same as the akula kit) 48 inch long G12 fiberglass tube. So, after a 10 day wait, it arrived. Quality is high too. Smooth and very uniform. Note, they also had 5.5 diameter discs and G10 boards, so I ordered those for later too.
I then used my laser level to mark both sides with a straight line to section into upper and lower halves :
Mark and cut with the dremel between the blue tape:
Now, before I go getting all "long" on this hull, I think I will go ahead and do whatever I need to to the hull itself in the way of grinding, torquing, or what ever else I may do,short of making the missle deck.
So, I liked the result from the x tail akula so well on opening the torpedo doors, I thought I would do the same here. So, I cast a brace for the tubes:
Since I cast that brace, I went ahead and poured a second one today. I have learned, yea never know when it can come in handy!!
So, I am waiting on a second Akula kit to arrive. The hull halves in the pictures will not be the bow and stern for this model. However, this hull kit will serve a purpose later,and we will come back to them.
Also, when I was working on the x tail Akula, I made a second pump jet russianized, and saved it all this time, for this project. I also saved some castings that will come in handy soon.
So, now we wait for Mr Destructo shipping to throw my hull kit out as he speeds by my house, without slowing down. Then, I will go forward and we shall see if this is a crazy idea to hack up a few beautiful hull kits, or something cool. I will be back later with updates.
And, yes, I expect this to be a slow build.