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HMS K26 - converted from Mikro-Mir K-Class 1/350 scale sub


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"Underway on Steam Power" !

My model of HMS K26 - the last of the class of steam powered submarines launched during WWI.

I converted it from the Mikro-Mir 1/350 scale kit of HMS K4 - by lengthening the hull by 11.4mm and scratch-building a new raised casing and bridge.......

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The bow was also altered to make it taller - using Milliput to get the basic shape.

The WIP is here

More photos of the finished model......

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Comparison between the kit (K4) at top and my conversion (K26) below - note that K26 is longer by 11.4mm.

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Now - anyone got any plans of HMS X.1 ??

Ken

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Hi Francis,

I found that build already - and have 'saved' all the build photos, which will be very helpful.

The drawings are a bit OTT for my needs - in 1/350 scale all I need is a decent side profile and maybe some cross-sections.

Most refs can't even agree on length - I've seen 106m quoted, but most agree on 110m - so I'd need to lengthen and widen the K-Class hull and scratch the upper works.

At least the K hull shape provides a basis for quite a few conversions.

As for colours/paint schemes 'sub-builder', there is a distinct lack of info out there - especially below the waterline.

I tend not to be too worried - after all, it seems no-one can contradict your chosen scheme!

Ken

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There's this book too (you're welcome to borrow it) but they have managed to print the plans across the page join so you can't be sure whether a bit has been missed.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/X-1-Royal-Navys-Mystery-Submarine-ebook/dp/B00KYVDXTA/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

I see Amazon now offer a Kindle version - perhaps that would solve the problem?

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There's this book too (you're welcome to borrow it) but they have managed to print the plans across the page join so you can't be sure whether a bit has been missed.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/X-1-Royal-Navys-Mystery-Submarine-ebook/dp/B00KYVDXTA/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

I see Amazon now offer a Kindle version - perhaps that would solve the problem?

Thanks Francis......... the book just arrived in the post this morning.

Some great detail stuff - but the plans are a bit of a disapointment - very faint and like you say, spread across the spine.

Why couldn't they do them as a fold-out and a bit darker print ??

Still, it might be enough to go on - now where are those Mikro-Mir K subs ???

Ken

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excellent build - I have got a lot of time for this.

Its good to see the wooden chocks too - it gives your work more of a theme as opposed to the usual maritime model stands.

I've learned something too here - being totally ignorant to WW1 Subs, I never knew they had been steam powered - I guess I had never put any thought into how they were powered - how ignorant I am .. :banghead:

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