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    Engel U177 IX D2

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    Post  B737 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:30 pm

    Hi Rob,
    Just trying to post a picture of my boat.
    ATB,Martin

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    Post  B737 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:42 pm

    That works;but just now, by looking at it, I discover that I forget to drill 6 holes!
    On both sides,never noticed that before.
    Some work to do,I guess.
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:31 pm

    Hi

    Looks very good.

    The conning tower casting looks different - when did you build yours? I have noticed a couple of differences in the photos supplied with the kit also.

    ATB
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:09 pm

    An ideal candidate for a U-Flak boat....

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    Post  B737 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:07 pm

    The kit was bought in December 2002 but I started building (I think) in 2005.
    I don't think the casting of the conning towers differs much because quite a few things you see on the picture were changed or added by me over the years.
    For instance the rear guns are not the originals, the vent grill was not included in the kit but added later on. Also the walking cane (I presume you know the story behind it) was made by myself. The "bulb", down left of the square antenna, was added with the idea of a housing for navigation lights (still not completed).
    One thing is for sure, my kit did not contain any photo's , just a drawing and a "meagre" instruction.
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:38 pm

    Thanks for the clarification.

    The vent grill I thought was your work but was not sure

    The instructions are still meagre ! and the CD of photos is not that extensive either.

    The walking cane is new to me - could you please explain? I have had a read on several sites concerning the U177 & not come across a stick

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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  Giovanni LiCalsi on Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:49 pm

    Hello,
    I have a 1/48th scale www.scaleshipyard.com Type IX submarine.
    Would the Engel U177 conning tower be close enough in design for my decks?
    Thanks,
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    Post  B737 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:34 pm

    In short the story is as follows: in 1942 U177 went to Bremen for overhaul.During an Allied bomb raid the Officers Quarters were demolished injuring the captain of U177 Robert Gysae seriously on both legs.
    When U177 was ready to sail Gysae come on board limping and using crutches where upon the crew responded enthusiastic and adopted the crutch as an emblem.
    Instead of painting pennants for every sunken ship they added a white ring on the cane sticking out on the edge of the conning tower.
    I have a photo and a drawing both will follow later (problem with posting them).
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    Post  B737 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:45 pm

    Here they are:



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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:28 am

    What an interesting story

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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:50 pm

    Work is progressing slowly - the rudders & planes are getting there but proving a challenge, soldering skills are growing. Did not help when I broke the front plane protector- repair in progress.

    Hopefully this will be complete over the weekend & I will post some photos.

    Middle deck bolts now epoxied in place & neoprene gasket has been made.

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    Post  B737 on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:57 pm

    Thanks Rob, looking forward for the pictures!
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    Post  B737 on Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:24 am

    Hi Rob,
    Any progress? Perhaps a picture?
    ATB
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  kraftykid on Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:54 pm

    looking good



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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:19 pm

    Couple of photos attached of rudder area & lower hull painted.

    One point to note if you use the length of rod specified for the rudder in the instructions it is a little short, I would suggest fitting then trimming to size.

    Just fitted ballast & deck for the innards.

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    Post  B737 on Fri Apr 06, 2012 8:39 pm

    Hi Rob,
    Good to hear from you again.
    Apologies for my english but "fitted deck for the innards" does that mean that you glued the middledeck into position? I found that a hell of a job and very hard to do this all by yourself.
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  Giovanni LiCalsi on Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:24 pm

    I have the same kit but I am using a polycarbonate tube for the WTC.
    Nice to follow your build. I'm learning before I start mine.

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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:27 pm

    Hi Martin

    Innards- is the bit in the middle.

    I have fitted the base to fit the electronics & piston tanks. I have dry fitted middle deck & seems to fit... just. But it will be a tight fit

    Plans & instructions do not tally for measurements.

    I will let you know how I get on

    ATB
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:32 pm

    Hi

    I have just started on the electrics. Not being an electrician I am taking it very slowly & anticipate testing outside the hull.

    ATB
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:23 pm

    Very wise...

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    Post  B737 on Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:40 pm

    Hi Rob,
    does this mean the hull is still complete empty or did you get already something in place: middledeck? supports for the tanks? engines?
    regards,martin

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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  rgj on Mon Apr 30, 2012 8:10 pm

    Hi

    Supports for tanks & ballast are all in, servos fitted. At present I am soldering wiring on tanks which has gone ok.Next job is to connect ESCs to the motors.

    The upper deck is planked and the hatches etc fitted but I have rails & bollards to fit. I am swapping between the two at present.

    As we have a bank holidaythis weekend I may be in a position to test the electrics before the definative fit

    ATB
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    Post  B737 on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:29 pm

    sounds great!
    any chance for picture(s)??
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    Re: Engel U177 IX D2

    Post  salmon on Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:40 pm

    Yes. please more photos! I am enjoying your build.


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    Post  B737 on Mon May 21, 2012 8:33 pm

    It's very quiet here Rob,everything going allright?
    Martin

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