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Preparing for the Primer...

 

So now I have a stuck-together boat, there should be no further  impatience - right?  Wrong!!!  Now I want see what the thing looks like when it's all painted just one colour. I now want to see it under a coat of primer paint.  Before we can get there though there are one or two minor jobs to do.

 

Firstly the stern must be shaped correctly. As shown in the photo below, the stern of the casement is not yet shaped to match the drawings but now that the hull is glued securely I can use my little bench sander to round it off and blend the casement and the pressure hull together.

 

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Here's the result - not too bad.  It's possibly still a little too 'broad across the beam' but this is visually accentuated by the fact that the wooden copy is slightly closer to the camera than the drawings.  I might get keen and trim this down a bit finer yet, but overall I'm fairly happy with this, and besides, I'm impatient!

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With the stern contoured, we can start using some automotive filler to start closing the gaps and filling out any bumps and scrapes along the hull and smoothing out the difficult contact between the saddle tanks and the pressure hull.

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 Looks OK Here. Am also hiding the scars left by the dowels.

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Onto the sanding... sanding, sanding, sanding. I actually don't mind this part of the work especially if I have access  to an old DVD player and a copy of 'Terminator 2' (nothing wrong with a bit of culture!).

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Nowadays you can even buy 'sanding gloves'.  These are woodworking gloves with Velcro on their fingers onto which you can attach different grades of sandpaper. These aren't bad, but the submarine is probably a bit smaller than the work they are intended for.  The guy I bought them from was making carved rocking horses and he reckoned these gloves were ideal for smoothing out large contoured areas of wood like he was working on.

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The stern cleaned up alright. 

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And here she goes - all filled and sanded and ready for the first coat of primer.  It looks a bit flesh coloured in this view - but I think that that's only because the very fine automotive filler dust is a bit pinkish and gets spread about a bit by the sanding.

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Next time my submarine will change colour again as the first coat of primer goes on. 

 

Best Regards,

Steve

 

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Moby Dick

 

I once read Herman Melville's Moby Dick, thinking it would be a stirring, thrilling, ripping yarn of adventure on the high sea.  Hmmmmm...note how I say I only read it once... and only then just got through it by the skin of my teeth.  Anyway, here's how I ended up with my own 'great white whale'.

 

Exactly the same Dulux '1 Step - primer, sealer & undercoat' as i used on the Mig 15 and chosen for exactly the same reason - it was in the shed at the time! I should add however that it actually worked really well on the Mig so there's some logic behind this selection.

 

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Here's the big moment when the first primer goes on. I often have a bit of a weird feeling at this moment. After several months of looking at these assorted bits of wood and plastic I won't see them again - ever!   (Unless I look at the previous pages on Britmodeller of course). :penguin: 

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I just slap this layer on really thick and fast as this layer is going to be heavily sanded and thick primer can help fill' small surface irregularities.  The only spot where I had to be a bit careful was on the side of the casement especially around the flood / vent holes.  This is wood primer so it's probably not a good idea to get too much on the plastic. 

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Slap some on the conning tower. Technically it's probably too early in the build sequence for the conning tower to be primed as there's quite a bit of work to go here, but i want to see what the whole submarine looks like in one colour.  A logical build sequence must suffer for my impatience. My impatience to see... 

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MOBY DICK! - "Thar she blows cap'n Ahab!...''

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And here is Moby shown against a more flattering background - perhaps the Red sea?

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Anyhow - from here things go back to the old routine - sanding, sanding, sanding.

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Until we get this...

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or this - if you prefer the stern view.

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Interestingly enough - when AE1 and AE2 passed through the Suez Canal en-route to Australia on their delivery voyage, they were painted white in an attempt to reduce temperatures inside the boat. So this is actually a 'correct' colour scheme. 

 

Maybe I'll just post this in the RFI section and be done with it... :D  

 

Best Regards and thanks again for the interest shown.

Bandsaw Steve.

 

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She's looking good captain, cracking job so far.

 

All the best Chris

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15 hours ago, Bandsaw Steve said:

or this - if you prefer the stern view.

 

I don't think you need to be that harsh.  :D

 

 

I think it's looking quite good considering it doesn't fly

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It looks great even with just the one coat of primer filler. It's just going to get better and better from here.

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A credit to you Steve!   its looking great mate. Your hardwood is  a much finer grain than balsa wood, but an old aero modelling technique to fill wood grain is to mix in talcum powder with aero dope (thin varnish basically) until you have a smooth paste, the talc fills the grain and give  a perfect surface, it  might save your some sanding on your next project.  looking forward to seeing this one finished.

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Hi Prop-nut,

I have always had a serious aversion to using balsa; ‘ too soft, too weak, too furry, splits too easy, too expensive, only good quality is it’s low density which is irrelevant for static models’. 

However, I’m serously starting to re-think this! One of the very best modellers here in Perth (far better than me) uses balsa for just about everything and does wonders with the stuff. He swears by it.

Also some of the balsa work on these pages is outstanding. So

 I’m now seeing a possibility that I will make extensive use of it in future and tips such as this are of great interest. Can see me trying this out soon.

 

Thanks for the suggestion.

Steve

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Not much of boat person, hell, I get sick going to Rottnest. But I love a bit of woodworking.

 

Excellent work.

 

 

I would recommend a filler product made by Timber Mate. Bunnings love the stuff and I have used it for as many years as I can remember. Sands easier and it doesn't shrink. Automiotive putty is great stuff, love that too, just not on wood.

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OK, it’s a deal. I get to Bunnings most weekends, I’ll pick some up next time I’m there. Thanks for the tip.

 

Strange you you should mention the Rottnest ferry. It was only last week I was watching it sail from Elizabeth Quay and was thinking that it’s actually quite an attractive vessel, especially in the modern red and white colour scheme. 

 

I’ve nver seen a model of one... hmmmmm.... 🤔

 

Definitely no promises though! 😀

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Thanks David.

Some good stuff there including a couple of photos I have not seen before - I wish I had had the one in the dry-dock when I was working on the anchor locker. That’s the best shot of the port bow I’ve seen. 

The shot of AE1 at sea is also useful as it shows the bow wave and wake quite clearly. Sooner or later I will have to make the sea-scape for the sub to sit in and references like this are valuable.👍

Steve

 

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