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Merit 1:35 Soviet G-5 MTB Build by Kyle Lord

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Merit 1:35 Soviet G-5 MTB Build by Kyle Lord
Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Monday, December 05, 2016 9:44 AM
Kyle Lord has started my Merit 1:35 Soviet Navy G-5 MTB. This morning, Kyle sent me an update, this is what he said this morning, “The parts are taped on and Tamiya thin wicked in to attach them.”  Here are some photos of the build.
 
 

 

Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Wednesday, December 07, 2016 10:54 AM
Kyle sent me a number of photos this morning of my G-5. He’s definitely making headway on it. Here are the photos:          Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:17 AM
Hi Guys: This morning, Kyle sent me an update. This is what he said, “The props for the torpedoes went onto their hubs and were bent into a screw shape. Then the two torpedoes were seamed together. Last night I assembled the exhaust. This is comprised of 6 tubes and many junction points. I also glued the photo etch sights onto the guns. They are very small as you can see compared to my fingers.” You know what, Guys? There is something which impresses me about this kit and, that is the ammunition box(es) for the machine gun(s) has/have the Soviet star on the front of the box(-es). Here are the photos he sent along with the update:      Tim
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Posted by Model Maniac on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 7:44 AM

It looks so far so good. Beautiful model and perfect scale.

Impressive Songs:

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Pan Flute Music (300 songs) (Most Popular, over 100K views):

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El Condor Pasa (Top 50) (World's most famous and my most favorite song):

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 3:15 PM
Thanks. This morning, Kyle sent me an update on my Merit 1:35 Soviet G-5 MTB, this was what he said; “I got in a couple evenings of work. I have a few more hours’ worth of gluing parts on, and still have to add finial mounts and glue on the bottom. I'm hoping to start paint within a week.” Here are some photos:     Tim
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  • From: Thailand
Posted by Model Maniac on Friday, December 16, 2016 5:02 AM

Just 2 days after my previous comments, today I got this very same kit at 50% off, net price = around $42. Very good price for this baby MTB.  

Impressive Songs:

All 10 Playlists that I created on Youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/ModelManiacThailand/playlists

Pan Flute Music (300 songs) (Most Popular, over 100K views):

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUNb2zPxGTZO7alagEPsEMzgBkWt4-vKV

El Condor Pasa (Top 50) (World's most famous and my most favorite song):

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUNb2zPxGTZOLKHbju350mLle4HkMhsb8

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Saturday, December 17, 2016 4:44 PM
Kyle sent me a quick update just now. He is close to the point where he’ll paint the model. Here are two photos.   Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 6:33 PM
Kyle just sent me an update … and, here it is: “Major milestone last night, the mounting blocks were drilled and tapped then the hull was glued on. I'm going to work on making a sacrificial stand to hold it for painting then I'll be hopping back to the Saucy.” Here are two photos:   Tim
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Posted by sharkbait on Monday, December 26, 2016 8:39 AM

Suddenly the penny dropped. In a documentary on WW2 in Russia I saw one of these boats. Always wondered what it was. I think it was in one of the "Victory at Sea" videos. Could some of these have seen action in the Black Sea?

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Monday, December 26, 2016 9:50 AM
I wouldn't know, sir. I know next to nothing about the G-5s. The kit was a gift to me from Tony Chin of Merit. I'm just glad someone's building it for me.The hull of it sort of reminds me of a British CMB.
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Posted by sharkbait on Monday, December 26, 2016 11:46 AM

A rare model and interesting subject.

I will look at my Victory at Sea collection and see if I can find the film. Might have some interesting details re armament ect. of the boat in Russian service

Looks like a real nice build.

Cheers

You have never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3!

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 12:40 PM

Well, ... yesterday, Kyle sent me an update on the G-5. Has primed the hull and put the white for the boot stripe on. Here are some photos:

 

Tim

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Sunday, January 01, 2017 5:00 PM
The G-5 is nearing completion ...     Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Monday, January 02, 2017 12:16 PM
Kyle sent me another update this morning, on the G-5, it’s getting there. Here are some photos:          Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Saturday, January 07, 2017 2:58 PM
Kyle sent me an update this morning, he put the clear plastic parts in, what he referred to as the glazing. This is what he said; “I also got the glazing in on the merit. I use small dots of gloss clear to try to keep marring down, and it holds almost the way silicon would.” Here are some photos.    Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Monday, January 09, 2017 1:39 PM
Kyle sent me an update this morning: This is what he said; “I got the rudders and supports on last night. I have to touch up a few little spots because I painted the parts on the sprues, they are so fragile. I'll be painting the props at lunch today. I'll send some photos later on in the day. I printed the Saucy logo onto frisket paper in Saturday. Now that I see how small the letters are I'm considering getting some decal paper to print them in. The Insignia comes in slightly over 1/2". Here are three photos:    Tim
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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Monday, January 09, 2017 2:06 PM

This is indeed different !

   Now I have seen some strange designs , but , this beats all . Funny , although a surface craft it resembles a submarine . Question . How did they launch the torps ? I should think that in some situations the aft hardware would , or could , be damaged .  T.B.

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 9:16 AM
The G-5s launched their torpedoes from their sterns, like the WW1 RN CMBs.
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:46 PM
Kyle, sent me another update today, this is what he said, “Last night I affixed the propellers and rigged the mast. I used small dabs of flat clear to cement the knots in place. I'm letting it dry and tonight I'll snip the excess. I'm priming the torpedoes now, hopefully I can get some gray on them tonight, if not I will tomorrow.” Here are some photos:    Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Friday, January 13, 2017 6:12 PM
Kyle sent me an update. He has painted the guns for the G-5. Here’s a picture:  Tim
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Sunday, January 15, 2017 3:56 PM
Kyle has finished my G-5, save for a few odds and ends … here are some photos.      Tim
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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Sunday, January 15, 2017 10:50 PM

Those torpedoes may be a tad too clean.

They were, after all, built by People's Torpedo Factory Number 7 or some such.  The skin panels probably had more than a fair bit of difference, very uch in the way that the torpedoes of the US Navy Torpedo Factory torpedoes had several hues and shade to the.

That's 2¢, make of it what you will.

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Monday, January 16, 2017 2:07 PM
I didn't want weathering, sir ... I just wanted the kit built ....
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Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, January 20, 2017 9:51 PM

I was not thinking weathering at all.

I was thinking real subtle.  Just a hint of details.

Soviet Torpedoes:

Just a thought.

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Posted by Kyle Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:56 AM

Hey Captain,

Just wondering what you would recommend to break them up some. I see what your saying but I'm wouldn't be sure how to approach it. Again the final word goes to Tim but I'd still like to know.

 

Kyle

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Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:09 PM

Nothing serious, say a few drops of black or white in the torp color and using a post-it note to give  a teenty-tiny feel of being made of separate pieces.  Nothing elaborate, given the scale, obviously.

That, or use a post-it as a guide to scribe some circumfrencial lines with like a 6H pencil.

I know the kit does not give you ant detail to work with.  Which is somewhat surprising, th torpedoes are the main armament of the vessel.  Treating them like they are just something extruded like a CO2 bottle just seems inapt somehow.

And, not to the quaity of including the Soveit star of the ammo bozes for the Dshk MGs

This is a gorgeous build and excellently done.  Just been opining on how to insure the torpedoes match is all.

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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:26 PM
Kyle, What you have is perfectly fine, and meets my requirements perfectly. If it was destined for a museum or was going to go on the show circuit, then yes, I'd have you do what CAPTMAC82 is suggesting to be historically accurate. BUT ... This model, and the SAUCY and the majority of my collection was done for my personal enjoyment. No one else will see them but me, so I'm not going the rivet-counting or the AMS route for ANY of my models. Do I like what you what you've done on my G-5 and my SAUCY? No. .................. I LOVE it. Understand, Kyle?
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Posted by PTConsultingNHR on Friday, March 03, 2017 10:40 AM
Here is the completed G-5 in her case in my room.  MERITG52H by Tim Connelly, on Flickr
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Posted by ridleusmc on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 3:12 AM

That is a very cool boat.  I'll read up on the G-5.  It looks like a cross between a submarine and a Porsche.  It looks great, Kyle did some good work.

-Chris 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 7:03 AM

Hi Tim :

 Well as you read , I had an interesting February  ! I just picked the boat times two . One to build like Kyle did yours and one to do a What -If. As you know I have the Saucy/Snowberry in 1/72 and I R/Cd it Some years back . Hasn't taken on any water yet . Did snap the rudder off though . Always do stab and waterchecks in real world conditions .

  Rudder snapped due to a net in the water . Abandoned by someone . Enough power to get free at a single difficult cost . The rear deck fittings and the deck itself have to be removed to fix the damage . I think I will figure out a hatch that can be hidden therefore keeping scale fidelity .

 I think about you once in a while and am still going over many old Photos and stuff to see if I can get you anything on the " Tulagi Terror "  Take care my friend .  Doc Geracci ie. T.B.

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