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TOPIC: U-1105 Black Panther. Episode One. A fresh start.

U-1105 Black Panther. Episode One. A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 17:47 #1

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Lotta stuff in this Platinum version:

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PE, brass barrels and periscopes.

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self adhering wood deck.




A whole addendum of directions

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If I wasn't psyched enough to build once I finished the shop, I certainly am once I cracked the box. This should build beautifully and it'll be a relief not to have to consider RCing it.

I'm building it as U-1105, a U-boat that was one of the most advanced of it's time. It was covered in rubber sheeting (Alberich) to lower it's radar and sonar profile, had a functioning snorkel to stay submerge for long periods (over 30 days at a time) and advanced sound gear.









I had a mini disaster in my bench space early in the Summer. I was finishing a drum shell and thought it'd be a great idea to use these dry metallic pigments I had on hand. The idea was to wet the area with clear, dust with the pigment, then spray on a top coat of clear while the bottom was still wet. It produced a nice effect, only problem is I had to do it in front of the spray booth since it was too large to fit inside. With the respirator on, I didn't notice that the fine pigment was becoming airborne and spreading throughout the shop as much as it was being sealed. The entire shop was covered with a superfine blue and purple dust that immediately went airborne again with the slightest motion, but at the same time would stubbornly cling to everything. It was a horror show. A few minutes in the space and I'd be choking on the stuff. On closer inspection, it was everywhere, on every wire, cable, paint bottle or flat space. It was IN drawers, on tools, on every kit, built or unbuilt. I'd later find out it even crept behind the baseboards.

I couldn't even look at it for about a month. I ended up completely disassembling the shop. Everything was either packed up in bags to be washed off or simply tossed. I tore the benches apart, rebuild everything from scratch again, including the spray booth and dust collector. I patched all holes and painted the walls and ceiling, scrubbed the floor three times over the period of a week (for anyone questioning Vallejo poly primers, I scrapped, scrubbed and picked at 15 years worth of epoxy, putty and paint spills and the only ones I couldn't remove was Vallejo grey). On rebuilding, I carefully decided what I needed to keep everything to a minimum and have storage for all of it, so nothing sits out. I built underbench drawers for tools and set the place up for sculpting, resin casting and simple kit building.

After all these months of work, I'm finally ready to hit the bench. A bunch of tools are still away in bags like the vacuformer, vacuum pump, etc that I'll clean as needed, but I need to get working on stuff now before I lose my mind.

Here's a few pics of the new space:

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Spray booth with hidden vacuum chamber under the sheet metal. The exhaust fan is mounted under the 3D printer and vents out of the exterior wall.

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Paint storage with shaker. Clays and other materials all underneath.

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Dust/fume vent for use with the Foredom and Hakko. Storage for all RC and electronics.

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And finally my first project back, the Revell Platinum kit with wooden decks and PE. It's both a reward/gift to myself, but also for my son to display at Webb. I'm building it as U-1105 which was one of the first to have a few innovations that a Naval engineer would be interested in, a rubberized stealth coating (Alberich), advanced sonar and the schnorkel making it one on the first true submarines used in war.

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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 18:00 #2

Sorry for your troubles, but looks like you're ready to roll now. Best wishes!

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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 19:48 #3

Good to see all is clean and tidy again :thumbsup
You going to add the Alberich ? that would be a real cool build to follow :rockon
Got this book on the U-1150

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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 19:53 #4

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Good to see all is clean and tidy again :thumbsup
You going to add the Alberich ? that would be a real cool build to follow :rockon
Got this book on the U-1150

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Already got it.

I wish I knew about it back in my diving days, although it's a tough dive, it's not too far from me and not too deep or a lengthy boat ride.

Yep, I'll be adding the Alberich. I'm planning on laminating very thin styrene sheets.
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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 19:55 #5

Wow Jeff! Seems like I knew you were doing something with the shop, didn't know it was disaster control.

The shop is looking real nice! I bet it is nice going in there now with everything all clean fresh and organized.

Looking forward to your U-boat build. It should be an interesting build.

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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 19:56 #6

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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 20:22 #7

Great job, sorry for the troubles but it's a nice fresh start.

Might I suggest this build in our 10 year anniversary campaign? Seems like a perfect fit. :popcorn
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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 20:34 #8

Thanks all.
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Great job, sorry for the troubles but it's a nice fresh start.

Might I suggest this build in our 10 year anniversary campaign? Seems like a perfect fit. :popcorn

I was under the impression it was a build of the first thing we built here. I went back and mine was a 1/16 Stug.

I'd happily join with this if appropriate.
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A fresh start. 19 Nov 2019 20:39 #9

That was a suggestion but not a requirement. Anything you want to build but we're asking for it to be the best you can do. I'll move it there if you'll be so kind to get a proper start up photo.
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A fresh start. 20 Nov 2019 08:03 #10

Looks good! Now get to work!

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A fresh start. 20 Nov 2019 08:50 #11

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That was a suggestion but not a requirement. Anything you want to build but we're asking for it to be the best you can do. I'll move it there if you'll be so kind to get a proper start up photo.

I'll start a new thread over there, including background behind the build and a breakdown of what's in the box.
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A fresh start. 20 Nov 2019 09:24 #12

Nice recovery. Glad you didn't have to declare it a superfund site... :rotf
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