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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:21 am

    Having given this some serious thought, I decided to order the Deans Marine U-boat hull/deck mouldings as a winter build project...the size is perfect for me (1/48th scale, 45" x 5"), living in a small flat, and the price is very competitive too at £105.

    The mouldings arrived yesterday, and I will admit to being very surprised at them...both hull and deck are moulded in nice lightweight fibreglass, with plenty of deck detail moulded in, and the twin wintergarten conning tower moulded in styrene.

    It should be said here and now that these mouldings are not to scale at all, being more along the lines of a generic model that resembles a WW11 German submarine, Deans do state this on their website. The mouldings seem to be along the lines of the MAP drawing MM471 (HERE) but with added width and breadth.

    A 4" cylinder fits inside the hull nicely which should give ample room to install a proper dive system inside.

    This will be an over-winter build, and there's plenty to do on it, should keep me busy for a while.


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    This is the image Deans show on their website, very semi-scale looking...

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    Post  tattooed on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:52 pm

    all those lovely slots to cut out mate good luck and at the rate you build them i bet she's on the water by next weekend
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:59 pm

    Come on mate...give me a fortnight!
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:57 am

    The acrylic tube for the wtc arrived this morning, not bad considering I only ordered it yesterday afternoon!

    Now for the decisions...what to do with the deck flood slots?

    Do I drill and file out each one individually? Or do I cut out whole areas, install strengthening cross strips underneath and plank it with either real wood or wood lookalike styrene strip? I guess the latter would be more scale like, as the full size boats were done this way.

    Decisions, decisions...
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    Post  tattooed on Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:26 pm

    a fortnight rich you are taking your time on this build, if i was you i'd go with real planking (and as your a great mate i have some which you could have )
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:58 pm

    It's my winter project, mate...supposed to last me all through the no-sailing weather!

    Yep, I'm leaning towards proper wood planking, it would be a lot better. I'll get some measurements done and mail them to you, see what you reckon.
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 25, 2011 10:57 am

    Nothing else to do this morning, so I've made a bit of a start on the boat.

    I wasn't happy with the conning tower as supplied, it split in two places when I was cutting it out, so having looked around on the 'net, I decided to scratch build a totally new one to give the boat a more WW1 look.

    Something along the lines of this:
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    Here's the beginnings of the new tower...whilst the glue is drying on the rear edge, I'll make a start on the inner floor and the wintergarten.

    First picture shows the conning tower as supplied...


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    Post  tattooed on Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:24 pm

    very nice rich
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:20 pm

    Thanks mate...
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    Post  Deep Diver (Fred) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:48 am

    Hi Dick

    Any way you have the planes from your Sairk U-Boot so you should have it all done by the time you read this, any way all our boats get wet so what is to stop you sailing all year.

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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:06 am

    Glad you had a good birthday, mate...drinks and dinner? By heck, she looks after you well!


    I have a 'planes set for the Robbe U-47, a much better set of parts.

    Sailing all year? I'm too old to stand out on the side of the lake freezing me wotsits off! I'm a fair weather sailer nowadays!


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    (the old barnet is getting a bit thin by the looks of this...)
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 10:11 am

    Conning tower floor and wintergarten cut out and flood holes drilled. Yes, I know the flood holes are oversize...but I won't tell anyone if you won't.

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    Post  Deep Diver (Fred) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 12:13 pm

    I like the 360 degree periscope. Yes we do need more WW1 Sub's
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    Post  tattooed on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:41 pm

    rich your holes are to big mate and i've never seen a riv nut used like that before ?
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:00 pm

    Stop moaning, you tart! You'll never recognise the nut when I'm through with it...
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    Post  tattooed on Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:12 pm

    how come rich in the picture all your mates have a big sticky up thing with a knob on the end and you've only got a little one it's not an age thing i hope
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 6:22 pm

    You're taking the mick now...you're banned!
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    Post  tattooed on Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:02 pm

    Banned bloody hell can't build masts when i'm banned
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:10 pm

    Alright...you're unbanned. Seeing as how it's you..
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    Post  tattooed on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:17 pm

    thanks dad
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Mon Sep 26, 2011 9:28 pm

    Good lad...

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