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3D printed 1/72nd scale Los Angeles class submarine

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  • #21
    Originally posted by Prowler901 View Post
    Nice! What will you use for the anti-fouling paint?
    Still learning, help me understand what you you are talking about.

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    • #22
      Just like normal ships, the hull below the waterline is usually painted with an anti-fouling paint to minimize barnacle growth. It is typically the rusty red color standard on naval vessels. On a recent model I built of the Dallas I used Mission Models US Navy anti-fouling red.

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      • #23
        Originally posted by Prowler901 View Post
        Just like normal ships, the hull below the waterline is usually painted with an anti-fouling paint to minimize barnacle growth. It is typically the rusty red color standard on naval vessels. On a recent model I built of the Dallas I used Mission Models US Navy anti-fouling red.
        Gotcha. I am looking at doing SSN-717 the USS Olympia and I find mixed images of it. Most are all black...its an older boat so that may be why?

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        • #24
          Could be that the painting process has changed since I was on the Dallas (1993-96). We were in drydock twice while I was aboard and both times it was repainted with the red.

          Olympia sure looks nice there.

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          • #25
            Originally posted by Prowler901 View Post
            Could be that the painting process has changed since I was on the Dallas (1993-96). We were in drydock twice while I was aboard and both times it was repainted with the red.

            Olympia sure looks nice there.
            I do see artists drawings of it with the red and perhaps this was a picture of it just before it was painted. I dunno...

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            • #26
              I added a scum line as thevfirst step of weathering it.

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              • #27
                Originally posted by RCjetdude View Post
                I added a scum line as thevfirst step of weathering it.
                RCJD, Outstanding. Best, LB
                Captain: Got any ideas?
                F/O: Actually not.
                — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

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                • #28
                  The WTC is installed as well as the pushrods for the stern planes and the drive shift for the prop. I also got the fairwater planes servo installed using a bracket I designed and printed and I added a grey stripe of anti-skid to the top of the hull. More weathering on the way.

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                  • #29
                    I start trimming tomorrow.

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                    • #30
                      Great job! That's what they look like when you drain the water out of the dry dock.

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                      • #31
                        RCjetdude, You've really great work there. Just love it. Will be watching with interest as you install your running gear. Best, LB
                        Captain: Got any ideas?
                        F/O: Actually not.
                        — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

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                        • #32
                          She got wet for the first time today. Made good progress trimming it. Still a little more to do and then graphics will be the last thing. At least she will make it to the regatta in two weeks.

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                          • #33
                            RCjetdude, she looks great, Sir. I got caught up with my Bob Martin episodes on ewe-toob and looking forward to pictures and updates from the regatta. Have 'big fun'. Best, LB
                            Captain: Got any ideas?
                            F/O: Actually not.
                            — Captain Chesley B 'Sully' Sullenberger III and F/O Jeff Skiles—

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                            • #34
                              Dang, she looks great!

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