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Old 12-03-2017, 21:13
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Very professional Don..I note Joey is in the management position as usual..Regards Brian
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Old 13-03-2017, 00:04
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God, took me forever before I figured out what you were talking about! Oh, look, a tank with a submarine in it! Once I saw that, one would be amazed at the clarity of thought that followed...

But, sadly, I am passing on up and down, RC or anything involving moving of the model in any direction for any reason. Tonight will see the last bit of gluing on the lid for the thing (it has to be done in short bits as it tries to bulge a bit sitting upside down). Then I'm supposed to just let it sit a couple of days and ensure the entire bit of gluing is well and truly hardened. Then we'll try a test fit of base, model and case. Once I get the case perfectly centered on the base, I'll mark it for bits of wood to hold in in place -- what type I'm not sure about yet --limited mm's to work with there -- deliberately -- so that the case doesn't dominate the model and it will actually fit above my desk without sticking out (much).

The Tang herself awaits my inspiration to get back and finish off the weathering painting and one bit of fill and then give her a good (but gentle, like mother used to do) bath before she goes in the case. The ship will be glued to the stand and the stand will be immobilized in the case so nothing moves. Not moving is a key element in displaying a nice model that costs bucks!

Last will be a visit to the base hobby and craft shop where I need them to make up the nameplate: "USS TANG SS 306," With smaller letters underneath: "24 JUNE 1944. 3RD PATROL"

One of the main reasons I've always wanted to build a WWII American sub was to remember my good friends Dick and Ernestine O'Kane. RAdm O'Kane and his wife and I only corresponded, but I've always held them in the highest regard. Tang's third patrol in the East China and Yellow Seas was one of the very best of the war by a US submarine, setting a record not only for ships sunk (10) in a single patrol, but also for the best torpedo salvo of the war, where Tang sank an entire convoy of four ships with a single six-torpedo spread. This attack was on the surface at night and was only possible because then-CDR O'Kane slid diagonally across the convoys track, splitting a pair of escorts who had gotten a bit too far apart and then moving up on the sterns of the convoy ships. Steel nerves were required.
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Old 17-03-2017, 01:52
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All remaining equipment for fitting out Tang finally arrived at the shipyard today. Nice piece of felt (stolen from the wife's sewing kit -- I've learned from Ivor and other modelling miscreants on this site) for the bottom of the base piece, the two types of molding for the base piece and top of the plexi box, a neat little miter box for those ultra-correct 45 degree angles, and some plexi cleaner and polisher that will take out any little glue overdoses. Nameplate is being manufactured as well, and should have it by Monday. White lettering on blue plastic backing.

Plan to get started on finishing the case this weekend, but unfortunately reality will intrude first -- have to clean up this hovel, do some yard work and actual real work like that before I will be able to work on the case without feeling guilty.

And, just to make things more work, a 12" x 60" x 15" case will fit nicely on top of my desk, but for the best possible display, I will have to turn a book case 90 degrees...the bookcase that holds by far the heaviest of my books. Oh, does that figure or what!
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Old 17-03-2017, 10:22
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Glad you are learning Don , but I just hope your dear lady doesn't read this thread in which case I deny all knowledge of such underhand actions

Sounds as if your enjoying the usual modellers mishaps Don , but just wait till your out of ear shot and she tells all her friends what a gifted and thorough man of profound talents you really are when she shows them the pride of your collection ..........
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Old 20-03-2017, 01:06
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Progress has been slow and steady, what with fixing a few glitches and things like life and work that keep intruding on my fun.

Today I finished the base and did a test fit of the model in the case just to line up where the model stand will lock down. The plexi isn't done yet -- couple of pieces of wood to add in, polish and clean the thing.

Then it will be the finishing thrash on the ship itself, which should only take a couple of days. Then I'll take my "profound talents" and put them away for a few years...I'm out of model-building enthusiasm!
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Old 20-03-2017, 10:53
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Progress has been slow and steady, what with fixing a few glitches and things like life and work that keep intruding on my fun.

Today I finished the base and did a test fit of the model in the case just to line up where the model stand will lock down. The plexi isn't done yet -- couple of pieces of wood to add in, polish and clean the thing.

Then it will be the finishing thrash on the ship itself, which should only take a couple of days. Then I'll take my "profound talents" and put them away for a few years...I'm out of model-building enthusiasm!

Looks great Don . BZ from this side of two ponds. I am pretty sure dat puss will make it a perch to watch you work Solution: Ban four legged felines from the office , but then we both know that is inviting displeasure.

Time for an R & R on the North Shore watching the surf roll in

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Old 20-03-2017, 16:50
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Strange as it may seems, Dave, I am possessed of a puddy tat that jumps up on the bed or couch and his favorite chair and nothing else -- no bookshelves, no curtain rods, no knick-knack shelves, nothing. He's very strange for a cat ...
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Old 21-03-2017, 01:23
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The display case is done. Now back to the actual model. About another week to go and I should be all done.
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Old 22-03-2017, 11:14
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NO dust will dare contaminate the TANG!!! Spiffy, I'll let you build some for my mini-fleet, all 539 of them DFO
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Old 24-03-2017, 04:31
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This week saw the case and baseplate for the Tang completed. Next I'll finish the ship's stand and glue the ship to the stand. Then I will be set up to finish the ship itself. Hoping to have this done in the next few days.
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Old 25-03-2017, 19:58
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Today the USS Tang is officially completed. She got her bath (I made sure she washed behind her periscopes) and clean up and she's in the case and done. Small touch up on case due later when the fill on the corners dries completely. I'm really happy with the end result. Started this project on January 30th, so it wasn't really that long a project. I'm glad I decided to test my skills building a case for it -- when I took her outside for her bath, a little tiny spider had already built a web in the shears. Not being ship's company, I was forced to gently evict her to a nearby bush.
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Old 25-03-2017, 22:06
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Home at last! Now I can take that Hawaiian vacation I've been planning...
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Great work Don.

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Old 26-03-2017, 08:39
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Great job Don ...... a vacation well earned if she who must be obeyed doesn't want the Garden done first

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Today the USS Tang is officially completed.
Well done Don - she looks great!

Even though you've finished this project, hope you won't be a stranger around here.
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Old 26-03-2017, 11:53
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Well done Don, followed this build with interest, almost glued to it you might say.
Satisfaction completed Sir.

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Old 26-03-2017, 18:43
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Very nice to see so many positive comments. I won't be a stranger around the site in future now that things here are more stable. I always joke about that Hawaiian vacation, but since I live here, it makes it cheap and easy to take those vacation times off.

Now to await DFO's comment about "orange stains" on my ship!
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A well deserved rest from the rigours of the dockyard Don..Well done mate...Regards Brian.
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Don: The finished product looks very good. Well done.
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Old 28-03-2017, 06:36
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Thanks for the compliments all. An enjoyable project, one that was a surprise, and I'm still taking out my retirement papers at the yard and giving it a rest as Brian suggested. Time for the younger generation to pick up the rivet bucket!

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Old 28-03-2017, 17:39
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I wish her a long and safe life Don......well done
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Well, my friends, we here at the AMF shipyard have been busier than Hillary Clinton all week trying to find someone other than ourselves to blame for the disastrous revelations that came out this week concerning our build of the USS Tang.

It turns out that she's painted in the wrong livery -- I was reading Captain O'Kane's book on Tang again and discovered that she had been repainted in what was the latest submarine camouflage pattern between her second and third patrols, not the third and fourth as I had thought. I have been most thoroughly chastised by CinC, to say the least.

I have the necessary paints, thankfully, and will begin the process of repainting as soon as I get Tang across the sill and into the dry dock. She will emerge with the proper haze gray on superstructure and hull sides and a black horizontal decking coat. Fortunately, the main hull needs no work.

I will now put the paper bag back over my head and go sulk in my room...sigh....
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Not to worry Don, not many people will have photos Tang in her various colour schemes, excepting you of course .

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You were right Jim, I do have the right photograph...and why I didn't notice it sooner I have no clue. Me dummy. Me build ship models. Me good! One photo returning from 3rd patrol, but did I notice the color difference -- noooo!

However, after much grumbling and griping, Tang is back in the dry dock for repainting and I've at least gotten a start. The main decking is done in flat black, which I buffed out after it dried really good so it has that "salt water washed" look to it, and I am quite pleased with how that came out. Started the haze gray painting with the 4" gun and will do all the guns, upper superstructure and such first, then the sail itself.

It seems every time I work on this thing, if I move something, change something, think about changing something, I hit the periscopes with a tool or brush. So I cheated and took them off and will remount them when I'm done with the superstructure. I would bet $1 mil that I'd break them if I didn't.

More progress to report next week!
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We strive for perfection , but met everything to prevent it aye Don , never mind mate ......bye the bye I'm glad to see some one else has broad feet and my size

Still you know what they say about big feet Don [ and those who are not .......always put you down , but are we worried .....? not on your life.... just sympathetic to those others....with small feet eh Don
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