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    DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552
    by Martin555 ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง ( Vice Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward Crew Compartment.
    3 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Finished the second compartment.

    I have found when it came to do the final assembly of this compartment you need three pairs of hands and a lot of patience as there are a lot of bits that have to be lined up at the same time.
    Admittedly i had to walk away a couple of times as the air started to turn blue.

    I did not go mad with the modifications or the weathering.

    Fitted red and white LEDโ€™s and made the wiring to look like pipe work.
    Again the final wiring will be done later.

    As i have said in my last post the figures have been modified.

    Altho i placed the white LEDs in the suggested positions I am not that happy with the lighting as it dose not light up the radio and sonar rooms.

    It is to late to try and change it now. (I know it will bug me until i do change it so maybe later.)

    There are a couple of photos of the two finished compartments together.

    Only four more compartments left to do then i will resume work on the main hull.



    The Scene

    The radio and sonar men are testing their equipment and the other crew members are enjoying a cup of coffee before their watch.
    One of the crew is looking in his locker for his cup.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    3 days ago by Scratchbuilder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Martin.
    Looking really great in all aspects.
    Well done.The lighting looks particularly effective.
    Regards Bill
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    3 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Excellent once more Martin,notice High command has allocated ample toilet paper๐Ÿงป,really like the way you can switch lighting.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    3 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    Very nice work, this is what modeling is about "detail"
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    3 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Was wondering who'd nicked that roll Marky.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    At least no-one is on the toilet ๐Ÿšน,not yet anyway.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Marky,
    Luckily Curry is not allowed on patrol LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Being under water in a metal tube you wouldn't need much excuse for loose bowels.๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Being depth charged would make anyones Ballast blow.LOL!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Fortunately the Germans didn't go much on baked beans back then either Martin๐Ÿ˜
    Nowadays Heinz or HP BB are in every supermarket.

    BTW Martin: somewhere there must be a second 'head', AKA Wasserklosett, AKA Klo.
    Since at the start of a patrol (AKA Feindfahrt) it was used to store provisions, for quite a while the 40 - 50 crew had to share just one ๐Ÿ™Š

    @ Marky:
    "At least no-one is on the toilet ๐Ÿšน,not yet anyway."
    Don't tempt him Mark!! Shucks, TOO LATE๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    I didn't want to plant that seed Doug but couldn't help my self ,have I created a monster .
    Cheers Marky ๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Marky, Doug,
    I did give it some thought to having a crew member in the heads.
    Modifying the figure in a standing position is not the problem, it's the something in his hand.

    Even I cannot make something that small LOL!!!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    The detail are fantastic!
    Weathering is superb!

    The LED lighting add a certain something to it!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    2 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Martin,
    Believe me, you do not want to be standing in the head of a small sub at sea.๐Ÿค”
    Unless you want to smash your skull ๐Ÿค• on the overhead cladding, or maybe you are only 5 feet tall, or perhaps if the sub is sitting quietly on the bottom!
    Giant multi-deck SNs are a different kettle of fish of course.
    Having seen the insides of a VIIC, a XXI, several 'modern' small diesel subs and a 60s Russian surveillance sub I found them all very cramped and full of stuff waiting to stick you in the ribs if you went off balance.๐Ÿค”
    So if you have one of your seated figures left he would do nicely.
    Maybe reading a tattered copy the Wehrmacht Gazette?๐Ÿ˜‰
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Pic shows a new crew member on my Type IA (bigger than the VIIC incidentally but mine is only 1/72). He decided to wait until the boat surfaced!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    Don't give him any more ideas guys, you know what he's like!๐Ÿ˜‚- thinks,- 'mind you, we could keep him going for years'๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ I'm amazed at the tiny details and the finishing of them. Going great Martin!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Luckily Curry is not allowed on patrol LOL!!!"
    Not even VindaLoo Martin?๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜ฎ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank's Jb,
    The Control Room is next and i am already thinking about what i am going to have the little guys doing.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    That looks nice Doug.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Chicken Vindaloo Martin,
    Can send you a recipe if you like (which I think you would๐Ÿ˜‹)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    1 day ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank's for the offer Doug but i don't normally eat curry.
    I just like no nonsense good old fashioned English grub.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    21 hours ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks great Martin. this is some project. Your family will have to get you something even more complicated for next Christmas. Perhaps they can find one that requires 4000 slots. We know you like doing slots really.๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    19 hours ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I just like no nonsense good old fashioned English grub."
    Meanwhile - back at the baked beans ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ™Š
    (DIR: slopes off to Man Cave (stage left) chortling quietly๐Ÿ˜)
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    BTW: Is there a treatment yet for slotto-phobia!?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    16 hours ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    Ref:- "Is there a treatment yet for slotto-phobia"!?
    Yes Don't work on model submarines LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    7 hours ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Yes Don't work on model submarines LOL!!"
    When you're right - YOU'RE RIGHT Martin๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    I noticed that the figures provided for this compartment were mainly seated the only problem was the kit only supplied two stools, one for the radio room and one for the sonar room.

    So some extra fold up stools had to be made for the crew sat drinking coffee at the fold down table.

    Blankets and pillows made from toilet tissue and thinned white wood glue.

    Made the coffee pot from a bit of sprue and wire.

    Again modified the crew figures to look as if they are doing something.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by jugge ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fantastic , nice job ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    How do you make things so small look so good great work
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Blankets and pillows made from toilet tissue :::"
    Toilet tissue!
    Now why does that suddenly ring a bell!?๐Ÿ™„
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    So THAT'S WHERE IT'S ALL GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank you Rick,
    It can be a little tricky.
    All i do is my best and as long as i am happy with it then that will do.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Fleet,
    I only used half a square from tomorrows ration honest LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Some of us are already rationed to only half a sheet a day๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ to stop hoarding the shops should only sell Izal toilet paper that would stop folk in their tracks (pun intended)
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Another great job Martin.
    Cheers Mark๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "to stop hoarding the shops should only sell Izal toilet paper .."
    As Granny would have said-
    "That'll make 'em scratch where they don't itch" ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    Only us oldies who remember that torture instrument.
    Made great tracing paper though ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    What can I say. I hope to be able to do this in about another 60 years with practice. I will only be plus on 120 so I had better start practicing tomorrow.
    Well done Martin. Brilliant as usual.๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    9 days ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Another Gem Martin,๐Ÿ‘ you should contact Trumpeter, and show them how you have added the extra detail work to their kit, you never know, they may ask you for details of how you have achieved it.
    Love the little beds and covers, your'e excused the extra ration of T/P, will gladly send you a roll if required.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Izal toilet paper.
    That brings back painful memories.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank you Guys for the wonderful comments.

    Peter.
    The way things are going you may need it yourself.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    8 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    Didn't their mothers teach them to make their beds Martin? scruffy lot!๐Ÿ˜ Great work as usual!
    JB
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Forward Crew Compartment.
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    I think that's what happens when there mothers are not around to clip them alongside the ear LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Enigma Machine
    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    Doug This is one of my cockup's.

    I have attempted to make an enigma machine for U552.
    Unfortunately i suffer badly with the shakes.
    It is my forth attempt so this will have to do.
    Not much of it will be seen.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Enigma Machine
    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Yikes!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Do you work with a microscope??
    Attached is a photo of a typical 4 rotor Enigma machine as used in U Boats.
    Maybe you could make the open box and print the keyboard to glue on.
    (Same technique as Skydiver used for his fish finder๐Ÿ‘)
    That should also give the right perspective for the viewer looking in.
    It's a huge hi-res photo so you can blow it up and easily Snip the part you want to print.
    Paste that into a new pic, scale it to size, print and trim the sides to fit the box and give the right perspective.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    No Doug, but i do have to put my glasses on to find my workshop. LOL!!

    Thanks for the idea but i have had enough of the Enigma machine now.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Enigma Machine
    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    In Ordnung Herr Admiral๐Ÿ‘
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    "In Ordnung" ???

    Martin555.
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I have just found google translate Doug.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Enigma Machine
    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Ooer๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    What did Google tell you?
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,
    It said "In Ordnung" = Okay.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Enigma Machine
    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Good that's In Ordnung๐Ÿ˜
    It's one of several meanings that the expression is used for, and is what I meant!
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    10 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Shouldn`t this part of the blog be in code. Walls have ears and all that stuff.๐Ÿ˜
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    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Shouldn`t this part of the blog be in code. Walls have ears and all that stuff.๐Ÿ˜"
    The Dรถnitz Message. Keep it under your hat MB๐Ÿ‘

    Cipher text as transmitted
    LANOTCTOUARBBFPMHPHGCZXTDYGAHGUFXGEWKBLKGJWLQXXTGPJJAVTOYJFGSLPPQIHZFXOEBWIIEKFZLCLOAQJULJOYHSSMBBGWHZANVOIIPYRBRTDJQDJJOQKCXWDNBBTYVXLYTAPGVEATXSONPNYNQFUDBBHHVWEPYEYDOHNLXKZDNWRHDUWUJUMWWVIIWZXIVIUQDRHYMNCYEFUAPNHOTKHKGDNPSAKNUAGHJZSMJBMHVTREQEDGXHLZWIFUSKDQVELNMIMITHBHDBWVHDFYHJOQIHORTDJDBWXEMEAYXGYQXOHFDMYUXXNOJAZRSGHPLWMLRECWWUTLRTTVLBHYOORGLGOWUXNXHMHYFAACQEKTHSJW

    Original clear text as entered into the macine
    KRKRALLEXXFOLGENDESISTSOFORTBEKANNTZUGEBENXXICHHABEFOLGENDENBEFEHLERHALTENXXJANSTERLEDESBISHERIGXNREICHSMARSCHALLSJGOERINGJSETZTDERFUEHRERSIEYHVRRGRZSSADMIRALYALSSEINENNACHFOLGEREINXSCHRIFTLSCHEVOLLMACHTUNTERWEGSXABSOFORTSOLLENSIESAEMTLICHEMASSNAHMENVERFUEGENYDIESICHAUSDERGEGENWAERTIGENLAGEERGEBENXGEZXREICHSLEITEIKKTULPEKKJBORMANNJXXOBXDXMMMDURNHFKSTXKOMXADMXUUUBOOIEXKP

    "KRIEGSNOTMELDUNG [An] Alle:

    Folgendes ist sofort bekanntzugeben:
    Ich habe folgenden Befehl erhalten: "Anstelle des bisherigen Reichsmarschalls "Gรถring" setzt der Fรผhrer Sie, Herr GroรŸadmiral, als seinen Nachfolger ein. Schriftliche Vollmacht unterwegs. Ab sofort sollen Sie sรคmtliche MaรŸnahmen verfรผgen, die sich aus der gegenwรคrtigen Lage ergeben. Gez. Reichsleiter (Tulpe) "Bormann"":

    [Von] Oberbefehlshaber der Marine, durch Funkstelle des kommandierenden Admirals der Unterseeboote. "


    "WAR EMERGENCY MESSAGE [To] All:

    The following is to be announced immediately:
    I have received the following order: "In place of former Reichsmarschall "Gรถring", the Fรผhrer has appointed you, Herr Grossadmiral, as his successor. Written authorization [is] on the way. Effective immediately, you are to order all measures that are required by the present situation. Signed, Reichsleiter (Tulpe) "Bormann"":

    [From] Commander-in-Chief of the Navy, [sent] by way of the Radio Station of the Commanding Admiral of Submarines"
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    ๐Ÿ“ Forward Crew Compartment.
    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Forward Crew Compartment.

    Hi Guys,

    I decided to post this now instead of when this compartment is finished.
    As when it is complete you will not be able to see a lot of it.

    It is still a work in progress, so this is as far as i have got.

    The first job was to work out how many parts had to be given the painted wood effect.
    After a bit of forward planning i have made some more modifications.

    Modified a crew stowage by cutting out the door and adding some shelves then made a new door and glued it in the open position.

    On this submarine i have found the best way to make it look weathered is to be a little less fussy with the painting, otherwise it looks brand new and that is not the look i am going for.

    If you want me to post updates as i go along instead of waiting until each compartment is finished then please let me know.


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    13 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Update every day if you want Martin. Fascinating to see a Master in action. All of my doors look open when they fall off. Super work as usual.๐Ÿ‘
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    13 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ok i will see what i can do without making it to repetitive or boring.

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    13 days ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Well done Martin ,very MFI,or in modern parly IKEA.๐Ÿช‘๐Ÿ›‹๐Ÿ›
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    13 days ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    The compartments really look as if they are made from wood Martin, the detail is superb, look forward to the next part.๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Pete
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    13 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Fantastic details, Love the simulated wood grain!๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Ed
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    12 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    Fantastic as usual Martin, great work! Could you make a mistake so we can rag you please๐Ÿ˜‚
    JB
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    12 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    If i was to post my mistakes (the boss, Fireboat Stephen) would have to get a much bigger server/storage system than IBM has LOL!!!

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    12 days ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    I like detail, hidden or not
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    12 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "If i was to post my mistakes (the boss, Fireboat Stephen) would have to get a much bigger server/storage system than IBM has ..."
    Don't believe that for a second Martin.
    But we all make bloopers sometimes๐Ÿ™„ The 'Arrrrgh' effect! ******@****!!๐Ÿ˜ 
    I included the worst of mine in my Sea Scout restoration/upgrade blog in the hope that it would help others avoid them. In the words of the prophet;
    Don't try this because .....!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    11 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Excellent Martin,๐Ÿ‘
    Brought back memories of prowling around a Type 209 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.๐Ÿ˜Š
    I was measuring up the Radio Room (or better described as the Radio Broom Closet๐Ÿ˜ฎ) and checking all the intercom and loudspeaker points for a C3 COMMS refit.
    Lost count of how many times I bashed my nut on something sticking out somewhere ๐Ÿค•
    At 6 foot 2 I'm not built for small subs!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Midshipman)
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    Martin,
    Your attention to detail is incredible, looks like you are creating a museum piece. Nice to see this level of craftsmanship.
    Joe๐Ÿ‘
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank you Joe for your very nice comments.
    I am struggling with it due to the shaking problem that i have.

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    10 days ago by Joe727 ( Midshipman)
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    My dad took me to see the U-505 German Type IXC submarine on exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry back in the 50's, I was probably about 9 at the time and luckily not yet 6'2". My dad was 6'3", don't remember him banging his head, he was a good ducker. Dad worked in the Sonar Labs as part of his WWII Navy service. I was very excited and impressed by the sub! Photo is off the U-505 being towed at capture flying the US flag.
    Joe
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I must admit i would love to walk around a type v11c submarine.
    But i would definitely not liked to have served on one.

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    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I must admit i would love to walk around a type v11c submarine."
    Then get yourself over to Kiel Martin.
    Just along the coast is the Laboe Naval Memorial
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboe_Naval_Memorial
    where you can walk through the Type VII - U-995.

    Or do it here from the comfort of your armchair๐Ÿ˜‰
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbblBA4oqTY
    Enjoy๐Ÿ‘
    Some years ago I also spent a happy afternoon at the Bavaria Film Studios in the 1:1 boat they built for Das Boot. Only about 20 minutes from me.๐Ÿ˜Š
    Must scan in my photos some time ๐Ÿ™„ Got nutt'n else to do!
    Now it's eat'n time๐Ÿ˜‹ CU later.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-995
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laboe_Naval_Memorial
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbblBA4oqTY
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_submarine_U-995
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Here is one that you might like Doug.
    At least you will know what is being said LOL!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWq6KBH9Eic

    Martin555.
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    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank you Doug, i will bookmark this.

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    10 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Thanks Martin,
    Good to see that again๐Ÿ‘
    First saw it at Bavaria Studios around 1996.
    Since then my German has improved dramatically and I must say that watching in the original language of the crew makes it much more real and dramatic.
    I now have the DVD of the Directors cut 16:9 version of the film, with The Making of, in both German and English. Great film.
    Cheers Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ“ Starboard Section of the Hull outer Casing.
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    SLOTS, SLOTS AND MORE SLOTS.

    I apologise for this boring part of the assembly log.

    But finally i have finished the most tedious and brain numbing part, (admit-ably totally my own fault. )

    You can only imagine how i feel now LOL!!!


    I have seen discussions and photos in the internet about the three limber holes on the bow of this piece.
    Some say there should only be the two limber holes, other say there should be three. But i have decided to go with the three just because i think it looks a little bit more interesting.

    I am not worried about the haze around the slots as this area will be painted eventually.

    Now i can start to enjoy myself again.
    I will take a break for a few days and then make a start on the second compartment.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Starboard Section of the Hull outer Casing.
    1 month ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    With all those slots Martin - thought you might be in Las Vegas............You definitely have the patience of a saint.
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    1 month ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Your eyes ๐Ÿ‘€ will be done in Martin ,another great job .
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "thought you might be in Las Vegas"
    Either that or the Carrera World Championships Red ๐Ÿ˜
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,
    I have just counted them.
    There is:-
    Aft section 236.
    Starboard section 182 + 12 holes.
    Port&deck section 1,216. + 12 holes.

    Total 1,661.
    Am I glad that is over and done with.!!!!!!!!!!!

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry Martin,
    They are normally symmetrical, so I think you must have missed one ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    Or your calculator needs new batteries๐Ÿ˜Œ
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Whoops! sorry.
    I must of missed one or added one.
    I cannot count them again as i am sick of the sight of them.LOL!

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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Shame Martin,
    You'll never be able to look at your wonderful model again!๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿค”
    But we will I hope.
    Put it in your Harbour when it's finished๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Lets hope you don't get another one for Christmas.๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    There seems to be no limit to your patience Martin. Superb.๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Was it Family who bought you the kit Martin? what a punishment they have laid upon you...but glad to see your beating the problems. When it's finally built, you will have forgotten all the nasty bits, we hope!๐Ÿ˜Š


    Cheers, Pete
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    30 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    Yes it was a present from my family but it was my own fault cutting out all of the slots as i thought it would look better.
    It was ok to start with but by the time i got to the end my patience was running a little thin.
    At least that bit is over and done with now and i am looking forward to getting on with the rest of the assembly.

    Martin555.
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    30 days ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    That's holier than the Pope Martin, seeing holes in your sleep yet?๐Ÿ˜‚ You don't have to be mad, but I'm sure it's helping๐Ÿ˜. Great effort!
    JB
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    30 days ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Jb,
    Thank you my son.๐Ÿ˜‡
    I did start dreaming about slots.
    As for madness ๐Ÿ˜œ it came naturally to me LOL!!!๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Aft Section of the Hull outer Casing.
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys,

    A word of warning to anyone who is planning on making this kit. and has decided on cutting out all of the slots.

    The two clear sections of the hull is made from a very brittle plastic.
    Extreme care must be taken when drilling and filing.

    That said i have been working on the Aft section of this hull and it has not been easy.
    The brittle plastic has to be drilled very slowly as it melts to the drill bit and when filing it you cannot put much pressure on it as it will snap easily. It also tends to chip out.
    Drilling by hand seemed to be the best way to do it.

    Being see through makes it difficult to work on, magnification and good lighting will help, also if you put a dark piece of cloth inside it dose make it a little easer to see what you are doing.

    I did however manage to break a small piece off of the deck but this was easily fixed with a 1mm off cut of black plastic.

    Care must also be taken to protect the starboard side from getting scratched.

    Working on this piece has made me think that i should of painted the holes and slots instead of cutting them out. (like normal people would do).

    After working on these clear parts i would not recommend doing this unless you are prepared to put in a lot of time on a very very boring job.

    Sorry about the photos as it is a little difficult to take photos of something that is mostly
    see-through.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Aft Section of the Hull outer Casing.
    1 month ago by marky ( Commander)
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    If it was easy Martin you would get bored (excuse the pun),if you had painted the slots black you would have wished you'd cut them out ,no win situation ๐Ÿ˜….
    Cheers Marky
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    1 month ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    No wonder not seeing much of you on the site Martin - you must be going doo-lally!!!!!!!!!!. That is an incredibly hard task you set yourself.
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    1 month ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    Re - Working on this piece has made me think that i should of painted the holes and slots instead of cutting them out. (like normal people would do).

    We all know you're not normal Martin, that's why your work is so brilliant๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚ keep it up!
    JB
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    1 month ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    I'm not sure any of us would have the patients to do all the slots and holes what a wonderful job glad you are keeping us updated .
    Rick
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    You are right Marky if i did not cut them out it would bug the hell out of me.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ref:- doo-lally!!!!!!!!!!.
    That is one way of putting it red.
    As i am getting closer to the end i am starting to feel a little better I think.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Rick,
    I am glad you like the updates, there is a lot more to come.

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Fantastic work Martin. You really do have a lot of patience. I would be similar but it would be me ending up as a patient.๐Ÿ™ˆ
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Jb,
    Ref :- "We all know you're not normal Martin"
    At last i can prove to the wife what people have been saying about me for years.LOL!!!!!!!

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ref :-"ending up as a patient"
    Lucky i have not been found out yet.
    Or am i on day release ????
    !!!!!SLOTS, HOLES, MEDICATION, !!!!!! MADNESS !!!!!
    Having the shakes have paid off when it has come to the filing LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Newby,
    Having done something very similar, but not on this scale, on my U25 I can assure you we would all risk becoming psychiatric patients doing this!
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    I've said it before and I'll say it again
    You don't have to be bonkers to make scale model boats but .......๐Ÿ˜‰
    Bonk on Martin ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ“ First Part of the Main Hull outer casing.
    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guys youโ€™r resident nut case here again,

    Well there is not a lot to show you or tell you about this part of the build except to say i must be back on the medication again or i have gone completely mad.

    But as there is a lot to do on the hull i decided to make a start on it.

    The plan is when i get fed up with drilling and filing i will drop back on to the second compartment (The Forward crew compartment)

    The Main Hull is made in three parts.
    Port side that has most of the Deck attached.
    Starboard side that is made from see through plastic,
    And the tail section that is also made from see through plastic.

    I started drilling and filing out the Limber holes on the Port side section. Then i made the crazy decision to give the Deck the same treatment.

    All slots were chain drilled then cut with a scalpel and then filed.

    I had to grind one side of a needle file down to reduce the thickness to suit the deck slots.

    I then quickly discovered that a masking tape thimble needed to be made as the blisters started to arrive.

    Then i applied liquid poly plastic glue to each hole and slot with a small brush to smooth all the surfaces. The holes had to be drilled slowly as plastic seems to just melt around the drill bit if drilled fast.

    The plastic is approximately 3mm-4mm thick just to make it that little bit more difficult.

    If you are as crazy as me then this is certainly a time consuming job but definitely looks better (well that is what i kept telling myself).
    I also put some dents to simulate being depth charged and some heavy pitting to the under side of the casing.

    I am happy with the results but I now see why most people that make this model just paint the holes and slots black.

    There are brass etched kits that can be purchased from eBay to super detail this model including the deck.

    But i will continue in my usual way.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Part of the Main Hull outer casing.
    1 month ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    WoW! Martin, what a lot of ole's with that many ole's you would think she might sink...you are a glutton for punishment, is that the result of madness?๐Ÿคช

    Cheers, Pete
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    1 month ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Brilliant job Martin. I would have to mill that lot.๐Ÿ˜
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    It's the 'Southampton Chain Drill Massacre' ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Nice one Martin๐Ÿ‘
    Know what that job's like from my 1/72 Type 1A!
    Here with the hunter, H class destroyer.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Wish I'd had my little milling machine back then๐Ÿ™„
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,
    I think you are right about madness, I still have two more sections of hull to do.

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I wished after the second week of drilling and filing that i had a milling machine.LOL!!

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Fleet,
    I have only got two more sections of hull to do then that is the worst part over.

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    1 month ago by marky ( Commander)
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    good grief Martin, didn't realise how big it was until I saw the tape next to it .

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    Yes she is a little on the large side.
    Length 1398.3mm Beam 136.9mm.

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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Yes she is a little on the large side."
    An' I thought I was badly off with a 107cm hull on my Type 1A ๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Thank God (whoever he is!) that my Akula II doesn't 'ave 'oles in it๐Ÿ˜

    Martin; I seem to remember once posting-
    'You don't HAVE to be MAD to build model boats-
    but it SURE AS HELL HELPS!'
    So Welcome to 'The League of Extraordinary (Mad) Gentlemen'๐Ÿ‘
    Cheers, ๐Ÿ˜Ž
    PS Nice Moccasins ๐Ÿ‘
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    1 month ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    Hi Martin, love it so far, can you please tell me what size is in English, I never did get the hang of that metric rubbish.
    It was hard enough to get used to decimal currency, all my more and wright measuring kit is in ft and inches etc.
    It's a shame we didn't teach the rest of the world proper measurements.
    Cheers Colin.
    PS great modelling as usual from the master.
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    1 month ago by EdH ( Chief Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    The difference is indeed in the details! Nice
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    55.05 x 5.4" Colin,
    Or, If you prefer-
    165.15 x 16.2 Barleycorns!
    Or
    18.35 x 1.8 Palms ๐Ÿ˜
    Or
    13.7625 x 1.35 Hands๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Happy Barleycorning ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_units#Length
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_units#Length
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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "The difference is indeed in the details!"
    No Ed,
    The Devil is in the details ๐Ÿค”
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    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Point taken!

    Cheers, Ed
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    1 month ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    All, I can say is outstanding work!
    Fantastic details what patients you have!

    Oh, Can I have a sample of the medication you take?

    Cheers, Ed
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    1 month ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Patience of a Saint Martin - don't know how you do it
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Colin,
    Thank you for your comment.
    As Doug said it is 55.05" x 5.4".
    I have not figured out were i will put her when she is finished but i guess i have quite a bit of time to work that out LOL!.

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    "The Devil is in the details"
    You could be right there Doug, The wife has said in the past that i could be quite evil at times LOL!!

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Vice Admiral Ed,
    Thank you for your comment.
    As for the Med's by the time i have finished doing all the holes and slots on this hull i will probably need something stronger LOL!!!

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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Red,
    Ref:- "don't know how you do it"
    I don't know ether, I think it is just determination to get it done and once i started it was to late to change my mind.

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    1 month ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    When I look at my unfinished models - sometimes think I have a fear of finishing - obviously you do not suffer from that Martin and simply keep on going. Wonder how many there are like me though...........
    Annoying thing its usually "a problem" that stops you - and when you do finally start again find that the problem is easy to resolve........
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    1 month ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    I have my fair share of problems too Red, but i find if i sit down and have a cup of coffee and a little think i do tend to figure it out.
    Sometimes it could be a week or two of coffee drinking and thinking but i get there in the end.

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    1 month ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "Annoying thing its usually "a problem" that stops you - and when you do finally start again find that the problem is easy to resolve........ "
    Wot? You too Red?๐Ÿ˜‰
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guy,

    Well the first compartment is finished.

    I have spent more time adding and changing things than actually assembling.

    Worked on the forward bulk head and the deck.
    Vary subtile weathering on the bulk head but a bit more on the deck.
    The rusting on the deck is were water spills out of the torpedo tubes when reloading.

    Added some pipe work to the two tanks on the deck.

    Heated and stretched a piece of sprue to make the curtain rail for the top bunkโ€™s.( ended up cutting most of it away again as it clashed with the deck head)

    Made the bunk curtains the same way as the blankets and pillows using toilet tissue and thinned white wood glue.

    Continued with the modifications to the Torpedo winch system.

    Modified the figures to make them look as if they are actually doing something.
    The hardest bit i have found is trying to get the skin colour so that it looks right.

    I also found that it is easer to paint some of the detail work with the tip of a cocktail stick it is more controllable than using a fine tipped paintbrush.

    There is less rust on the forward Torpedo tubes outside the pressure hull as they are normally below the water level.
    The torpedoโ€™s would normally be smothered with grease but as these guys are only practising and donโ€™t want to clean it all off again i have not done the grease on the Torpedos.

    Tested white and red LEDโ€™s.


    THE SCENE

    One of the crew has been woken up and is struggling to get out of his bunk (after a heavy night ashore) while the other crew members are practising torpedo loading in an attempt to improve their times.


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    2 months ago by Scratchbuilder ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    Well done Martin.
    Coming along nicely.
    Love the detailed weathering.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Martin - what can one say - feel like an amateur watching your work.
    Brilliant as usual.
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Words can't express how Good it looks Martin ,keep it up.
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘

    BTW, emodels have your build on YouTube I think its 12 videos each about 1 hour long
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Another episode of excellent modelling Martin, really like the story telling of your vignettes, the led's work really well, especially when on red, looks like a photo of the real sub.๐Ÿ‘

    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Red,
    I have seen your work and you are definitely not an amateur.

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Bill,
    Weathering is not my strong point, i just have a go at it.
    At least i can always paint over it if i need to.

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,
    Thanks for your comment.
    I have been looking at the work that Ted from models has been doing and i must admit i will never be as good as him.

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks Peter,
    This kit is definitely more tricker than i thought it would be and it dose not help when you suffer from the shakes.

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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Looks perfect Martin. The detailing is superb.
    Well done.๐Ÿ˜€






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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That looks superb Martin. Well done.
    The figures are perfect. The lighting is very good as well.
    Well done.
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    2 months ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    A perfectionist's work is never done Martin!๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ‘
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    2 months ago by Inkoust ( Warrant Officer)
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    Nice model and perfect work with well elaborated details.Just let us have something to watch. Greetings Zdenฤ›k from the Czech Republic๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    2 months ago by jbkiwi ( Commodore)
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    Absolutely brilliant Martin, don't know how you manage to keep all the small parts, (I'd be on my hands and knees looking for them with a torch every 5 mins๐Ÿ˜)! Lack of flexible fingers with no feeling and rubbish eyesight stops me from doing a lot of small stuff these days, so your shaky hands would be frustrating to say the least. I know it will be another work of art and display of patience when finished.
    JB
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank's Jb,
    Having the shakes makes it a bit of a challenge but comes in handy when sanding LOL!!

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    2 months ago by Colin H ( Commander)
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    What a beautiful piece of work, considering the size I don't think I've ever seen a better detailed model.
    Hats off and three hearty cheers mate.
    Cheers Colin
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thank you Colin,
    I appreciate it.
    There is a lot more to come.

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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guy,

    The next job was to tackle the four Torpedo launch tubes.
    This proved a little tricky, as there are no alignment slots for some of the parts the best way was to glue several parts and assemble them at the same time and tweak it all about to get everything to lineup.

    To assemble the top and bottom launch tubes together it is best to dry fit them to the forward bulkhead then glue the two tubes together so that the pipework lines up.
    Then when the glue has dried a little remove them from the bulkhead.

    Whilst i had the forward bulkhead in my hands i decided to make a domed bulk to glue on to the it to make it look correct as you can see in the black/white photo.

    This was done by cutting out a 30mm disk from a piece of scrap 1mm plastic then gently heating it so that it was not to soft and then placing it on a flat surface and rubbing a large file handle backwards and forwards all around it until a got the shape i wanted (easer said than done) but i am quite pleased with the results. Again most of it will not be seen.

    Cut away part of the tube to show a Torpedo in the tube.
    Made four doorโ€™s and some linkage for the forward end of the Tubes.

    Painted and weathered and then toned down the weathering a bit as i went a bit mad.

    I can tell i am out of practice with plastic kits, but a few more months then i should get the hang of it. ( hopefully )

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    2 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    That looks absolutely fantastic Martin. I hope I can develop skills like yours later on.
    Well done.๐Ÿ˜Š
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    2 months ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    They look great I 'm glad it's you doing the small part as my hands at time don't do as small parts well but I think at times we all have that problem LOL
    Rick
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    2 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Another master class Martin ,
    Cheers Marky
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    2 months ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    WoW! there's a hellova lot of detail there Martin, but it's getting to look very tasty, can't wait for the next episode....๐Ÿ˜‹


    Cheers, Pete
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    2 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Newby7,
    It is not that easy when you have the shakes like I have.
    I have to wait until the good days to do a bit more each time.

    Martin555.
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    2 months ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Martin - one can only admire your patience and skill . Brilliant........
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Guy,

    The instructions show the torpedo lifting beam glued to the deck head but as i am doing some changes to this model I have decided to change the Torpedo lifting equipment.

    Made two beams using the plastic from a yogurt pot and glued them to the deck head.

    The next job was to make two chain hoistโ€™s, they were made from plastic sprue.
    I will cut the chains to length and paint them when it all comes together towards the main assembly.

    Drilled holes for the LEDโ€™s then finished the paint work.

    I have discovered that spraying water based Acrylic paint onto plastic is a bit of a nightmare, (especially white paint) it seems that you have to give it lots of thin layers until you get good results.
    Maybe i am doing it wrong?

    Fitted all the bits and pieces and the Red and White LEDโ€™s.
    The Red LEDโ€™s look clear until powered up.

    I tried to make the wiring of the LEDโ€™s look like pipework and i will still have to attach the flexible wires to it later when i work out the lengthโ€™s.
    Done a little rust weathering but not sure at the moment how much of the exterior deck head will show.

    The next job was to assemble the forward Torpedo stowage. The Torpedoes were held in place with steel strapโ€™s so i had to make some using some thin plastic again from yogurt pots.
    Done a little more weathering.

    I donโ€™t plan on going mad with the weathering on the inside of this U-boat as i am sure that a certain amount of cleaning and maintenance was done whilst on the long patrols.

    Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen.

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    3 months ago by Newby7 ( Petty Officer 1st Class)
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    All looks great keep it coming
    Rick
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    3 months ago by marky ( Commander)
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    Looking great Martin,chain blocks are a brilliant idea ,back on the yoghurt diet again I see.๐Ÿจ
    Cheers. Marky
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    3 months ago by MouldBuilder ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Fantastic progress Martin. Looking really good.
    In a strange way I am pleased that you commented about the trouble with white paint coverage. Sorry. I thought I was the only one having that problem. Perhaps a kind soul has a solution, other than changing to black!
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    3 months ago by mturpin013 ( Commander)
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    "Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen." That's what I call "quality modelling", just because it can't be seen doesn't mean it shouldn't be done to a high standard. After all you know its been done correctly.
    Well done
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    3 months ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Your doing a great job on this build!๐Ÿ‘
    I especially like the LED's!

    And the rust looks absolutely fantastic!

    Cheers, Ed
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    3 months ago by Cashrc ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Hi Martin..havenโ€™t been on the board much past few weeks, found your build log for this model. You do good work sir!! More patience than I have, at least as far as static modelling goes. Last plastic kit I built was a Monogram hot rod pickup, might have been a 40 model, canโ€™t remember. That was about 48 years ago...๐Ÿ˜ฎ Anyway, keep it up, youโ€™re doing good!
    Cash
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    3 months ago by redpmg ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Re the white Martin - its always a problem no matter what type of paint used - always requires a good few coats. When building one of our models for a customer we now insist on an extra charge for white!
    Kid you not a Suzuki Jeep kit needed 8 coats of Acrylic White and started to loose detail............
    Security gate took 3 Hammerite Smooth White coats.............
    No real answer - even with artists oils ...........
    Once again your level of detail astounds - the mark of a true model maker when finishing off stuff you know will never be seen............
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi marky,
    After consuming all sorts of rich food at christmas i have managed to get quite a verity of plastic containers for use on my model making including more Yogurt pots.LOL!

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Michael,
    Reference "Unfortunately a lot of the detail work that has to be done on this model will not be seen"

    Even though you will never see some of the detail, i know that if i did not do it it will play on my mind to the point that i would have to somehow take it apart and do it just for my peace of mind.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,
    I must admit plastic kits are not really my thing as i am use to making everything myself.
    However having said that I am starting to enjoy this build.
    Compared to what i normally do you can just stick a few bits together and and you have an almost finished part, then paint and the job's done, unless i start thinking that if i add this or that to it to make it a little more detailed.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks again for your comment's guys.
    I find trying to make this assembly log interesting is a little difficult when it is a case of sticking this part to that part.
    So i will be trying to do some more modifications as i go along.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by Rookysailor ( Lieutenant Commander)
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    Know the problem your having with spraying white paint Martin, what paint are you using? for small jobs I use Vallejo paints, but if it's a lot of area to paint, I use halfords rattle can with masking what I don't want white, no problem with coverage, one coat of acrylic primer then one coat of appliance white, job done.๐Ÿ˜Š

    btw. lovin your build log, and love all the little extras you are adding๐Ÿ‘


    Cheers, Pete
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    3 months ago by Martin555 ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    Thank's.
    The paint i am using is "artist acrylic".
    It seems to spray a little better if i add a very small amount of washing up liquid to the mix.
    It also sticks better if i lightly ruff up the surface but that is not always possible with the small parts.

    Martin555.
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    3 months ago by jugge ( Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class)
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    Fantastic job ๐Ÿ‘
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