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Look what the postman just delivered - all the way from the snowy wastes of Severodvinsk in Russia.....

 

It's a 1/350 scale resin kit of HMS Oberon.......

 

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Cast in solid, chocolate coloured resin, it looks to be free of pinholes, with just a small casting seam along the hull...

 

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There are few parts - the above hull, plus a conning tower, fore and aft dive planes, two propellers, two masts and two styles of sonar dome...

 

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There are no instructions nor markings - but that isn't a problem - I think I can work it out.

 

I got it from this eBay seller :-

 

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Submarine-resin-kit-of-SS-Oberon-class-the-UK-1-350-scale/264271889518?hash=item3d87d5046e:g:jlYAAOSwy8JctiIL

 

...and service was excellent - ordered on 21 June, posted on 28 Jun, delivered on 8 July.

 

I might try to make it as HMS Opossum - with an interesting camo scheme and 'sharkmouth'.

 

....and it might inspire me to finish my HMS Tabard build......

 

Ken

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I would really like to get one of those, for my Falklands collection, but that postage is a bit high for me, at almost 50% of the cost of the kit.

 

cheers,

 

Mike

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54 minutes ago, Flankerman said:

It's a 1/350 scale resin kit of HMS Oberon.......

Yes! Very interesting, I wonder who/  where the molds came from?

43 minutes ago, bootneck said:

I would really like to get one of those,

I'm tempted. The only other option is Resin Shipyards offering but the last time I spoke to them indicated that they weren't trading for the foreseeable future? Anyway, their offering was $70 Canadian, so our Russian offering starts to look good.

 

Stuart

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Nice one Ken, ive got one on watch, have had several of their resin subs and they are very nice.

 

With very little effort you can also portray a porpoise class, using the smaller sonar and scribing an aft torpedo tube opening sorted.

 

All the best Chris

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Oooh! My dad served on Oberon, and a few other O Boats. Seriously tempting........

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A quick squirt of Halfords Grey Plastic Primer highlights the mould seam running diagonally fore and aft on both sides of the hull....

 

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Some close-ups..... starboard front end....

 

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Port rear......

 

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Starboard rear........

 

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Another view of the Stbd front.......

 

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I'm assuming it's a mould seam - and not part of the hull structure (???)

 

I'm planning to use filler to hide it - so if you think the seams should be there, shout now before I make a complete fool of myself.....:doh:

 

Ken

 

 

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2 hours ago, Flankerman said:

I'm assuming it's a mould seam - and not part of the hull structure (???)

 

13 minutes ago, JohnWS said:

Here's a photo of HMCS Ojibwa, an Oberon.   She doesn't appear to have a seam.

It's a mold seam, no seam on the real thing.

 

Stuart

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12 hours ago, Courageous said:

It's a mold seam, no seam on the real thing.

I'd agree, but it could be put to some use possibly, as to my untrained eye it looks to run very close to the waterline, but maybe not when I look at the bow?

 

Terry

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11 hours ago, Terry1954 said:

untrained eye

With subs on the surface, you've got to look at them like icebergs.

 

Stuart 

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look like they tried to put a waterline in (and not very well at that) having served 8 years on Odin i see no other reason for that line

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It's probably just a tear in the silicone rubber mould..........

 

It doesn't follow the waterline - it would make the bows way too high and the stern almost underwater if it were....

 

Ken

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Nasty one to clean up, hope the halves aren't dislocated, or you'd need a saw...

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5 hours ago, Kevin Aris said:

look like they tried to put a waterline in (and not very well at that) having served 8 years on Odin i see no other reason for that line

8 years in one boat?  Struth; not even time off for good behaviour?

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9 hours ago, Kevin Aris said:

having served 8 years on Odin

Blimey! - you must be REALLY old...... :analintruder:      :whistle:

 

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Ken

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2 hours ago, Flankerman said:

Blimey! - you must be REALLY old...... :analintruder:      :whistle:

 

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Ken

very funny, but not that one, in fact i also did 8 years on Repluse

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Sorting that seam out......

 

Apply filler port....

 

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Apply filler Stbd....

 

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Sand down Stbd.....

 

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Sand down Port....

 

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Apply primer Stbd......

 

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Apply primer Port.....

 

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Seeemples.....

 

There are a couple of flat spots that still need sorting - but the fix was easy - the longest time was waiting for the filler to harden.

 

Ken

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1 hour ago, Kevin Aris said:

i also did 8 years on Repluse

Kevin,

 

I've done Resolution.......

 

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.... and I've got a second kit made up and ready to paint as HMS Repulse - with white markings and a US Navy DSRV on her stern during trials....

 

Ken

 

PS - Did Oberon (or any others in the class) have any markings ?? (water depth lines etc??)

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In the early days, they had pennant numbers on the fin, but those disappeared in the early seventies, I think. Yes on the depth markings on the forward ballast tanks. 

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43 minutes ago, Paul Bradley said:

Yes on the depth markings on the forward ballast tanks. 

...and as far as I can see on many photos can be either white or red.

 

Stuart

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I remember them as white, but those who served will remember better I'm sure! Perhaps the colour changed over time - there are some later photos where the markings aren't visible, so maybe they're in red. 

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10 hours ago, Flankerman said:

Kevin,

 

I've done Resolution.......

 

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.... and I've got a second kit made up and ready to paint as HMS Repulse - with white markings and a US Navy DSRV on her stern during trials....

 

Ken

 

PS - Did Oberon (or any others in the class) have any markings ?? (water depth lines etc??)

lovely build, also did couple years on Churchill, 3 years on Sceptre and 2 years on Vanguard, But Repulse was my best ever time, Vanguard certainly the worst

10 hours ago, Flankerman said:

Sorting that seam out......

 

Apply filler port....

 

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Apply filler Stbd....

 

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Sand down Stbd.....

 

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Sand down Port....

 

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Apply primer Stbd......

 

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Apply primer Port.....

 

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Seeemples.....

 

There are a couple of flat spots that still need sorting - but the fix was easy - the longest time was waiting for the filler to harden.

 

Ken

lol what seam line, good job Ken

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5 hours ago, Paul Bradley said:

I remember them as white, but those who served will remember better I'm sure! Perhaps the colour changed over time - there are some later photos where the markings aren't visible, so maybe they're in red. 

Must be a time thing as I remember them as red when on Courageous and Renown.

26 minutes ago, Kevin Aris said:

couple years on Churchill, 3 years on Sceptre and 2 years on Vanguard, But Repulse was my best ever time, Vanguard certainly the worst

...you old sea dog. My best time was on Courageous and Conqueror...

 

Oh yeh, the boat. Glad you got rid of the seem Ken, looking much better.

 

Stuart

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All these old sub surface sea dogs lurking below the surface coming out of the the woodwork, I think I can hear a sea shanty in the background................🎶

 

Very nice progress on sorting that seam.

 

Terry

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1 hour ago, Terry1954 said:

All these old sub surface sea dogs lurking below the surface coming out of the the woodwork, I think I can hear a sea shanty in the background................🎶

We are in the maritime section after all...

 

Stuart

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