Got to tinkering with one of my pet peeves about the Revell kit, and Wahoo research in general, tonight: the anchor well. The kit comes with a canted, starboard well. It is kinda goofy in its design and the anchor leaves something to be desired in the scale accuracy department as well. Contemporary drawings of Wahoo have shown all kinds of different anchor placements. It is often depicted on the port side.
Like the kit, Wahoo had a starboard anchor well. However, it was arranged horizontally along the boat's axis, not at an angle. It was also positioned lower than the kit well. The top of the opening lined up with the main weld line leading aft from the bow.
Actually, Wahoo was built according to the original Portsmouth plans with two anchor wells: one to port and one to starboard. Like the rest of the boats in her Mare Island series, this port well was plated over before she left for the Pacific. However, a few very early boats kept both.
USS Drum, on display in Mobile, AL, is the prime example. Here's a good shot of her starboard well. Note how her limber holes in the bow plane area are different from the kit (we'll address that later). To see more of Drum, click here: http://www.drum228.org/restoration.html
Throwing caution to the wind, I started carving plastic. My original intention was to re-use the kit well. However, the more I study, the more I think I'll build a new one out of stock.
The first step on the road to restoration was to fair in the hull around the new well area. I cut templates from index card, used them as patterns to cut new parts from sheet styrene and glued them in place. With the proper opening filed square I can now build up the new well from the back side.
Anyone know where a more accurate anchor can be found?