Discussion in 'Warship Builds' started by SteveT44, Oct 27, 2017.
Progress pics. Windows cut, water channeling completed, started wiring the guns, tight fit!
This is amazing! I have an Atlanta to build and I’ll certainly be referencing this thread!
I’m wondering if you’d sell one of your rudder servo mounts?
Sell a mount? Not sure. It's custom to each application. Easy to make though. Just a couple bits of aluminum, an 1/8" shaft collar, and a couple of gears from Servo City. Scroll down this page for a better view of how to put one together.
Twenty gun broadside? Nope, just showing off my new lightweight foam turrets from BC. Was going to make these but I looked up at the calendar and noted the next battle is just a month away! When times short, throw money at it I always say...
Shields going in...
... and test firing. Did something silly in this build. I hard mounted these experimental cannons without a single test fire beforehand. It was with much trepidation that I gassed them up, loaded some of Daisy's finest into the mags, and pushed the button. The result? No leaks, one bb for each button push, and quick shooting! Somewhat powerful. I was only able to shoot through TWO CANS with a hard tweek. Was hoping for three but I'll have to settle for a decent dent in that third can. I guess I'll need reamed barrels and matched ammo to get any more power. Anyhoo, powerful enough for the second grader that will be shooting these!
Need to finish up the screens and then onto superstructure and sheeting.
Someone better warn the fish at Hagerstown..
This build gives me hope for the ancient Atlanta hull I have floating around in the garage attic. The smaller boats definitely require a certain attention to detail.
More pics on internal shield installation.
Next piece is trimmed and ready to be glued. The material is pet resistant screen door screening available at the big box home improvement centers. It's remarkably bb resistant when installed correctly. It also lets your hull air out quickly and it's easy to fold out of the way for repair and getting at all those bb's you just took in the last battle.
The screening gets glued to the inner edge of the subdeck (with E6000 adhesive) and then trimmed with a fresh utility blade.
It does not get glued anywhere else. Just leave to hang in the bilge.
The product comes with a natural curve. I install the screening so it tucks up under the subdeck.
Where the screen meets a bulkhead, I'm installing these tab pieces for extra insurance in these areas.
I'm starting to look at the superstructure build. Many plans sets leave a bit to be desired when when it comes to the super. To address this in my other builds, I'd try to find model kit reviews of the ship I'm building and see if they had any good pics of the deck and super pieces. I'd grab these pics and trace the pieces of the super. Couldn't find much on the Atlanta so I purchased a vintage kit off eBay. I'll be scanning the sprues and using the imagery for the super build.
Can I suggest you the Profile Morskie plans of the San Diego? They are actually quite good in my opinion.
I like the foam turrets. What other materials are you planning for the super?
I have the PM profile drawing of the Atlanta class that I downloaded from somewhere. It's been a help.
Yoga block foam!
Started hacking away on the foam superstructure.
The wing turrets are getting glued to the barrels. I had to make these out of the yoga foam because the BC turrets didn't have enough meat underneath to bond to.
The first level of super is getting a pass through the table saw to cut the notch that fits over the deck stiffener.
WOW what a build. Thought about this ship for some time. Just might have to build one. Love the step by step instructions. Would never have thought about how to install the props and rudders. Keep up the great work!
Can I ask how or what you used to water proof the electronics?
Question what type of foam are you using to build super structure?
Google E6000 adhesive.
Yoga block foam. My local Five & Below store sells them for $5. I use a band saw to cut it into slabs.
Thanks for the info.
More super built today. Just a few more bits and the stacks and this part is done!
Unscale bit of aluminum here! This is a SCALE hobby!
Come on, Steve! I expected better from you!