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USS Constitution build II - 35 years later

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  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, August 13, 2018 8:50 AM

That is the first thing I thought of myself!  Where's the boom?

I can't imagine the tremendous thunder those things put out during a battle.  And unless you shoved some cotton or cloth in your ears, I don't know how those guys got through a battle with their hearing intact.  OHSHA would have shut them down for unsafe practices in a heartbear. 

Different times.

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Sunday, August 26, 2018 4:25 PM

Trying to finish up all the wiring so I can install the gun deck.  I believe I have all the circuits run and just need to double check that my power supply will handle the necessary mAmps required for everything. Since I want the guns to fire only intermittently, I have decided to install a subminiature push-button switch and install it in the head.  The switch I found is the exact size of the head that comes in the grate, so I will be able to just cut it out, and slip the switch in place.  Since it is all black, I doubt anyone will notice it there.

In the mean time, I have added all the gun doors and installed cleats for tie-down of the gun door ropes.  When playing with the head timbers, though, I noticed that they do not look like those on the ship.  The "panel" fill between the timbers just looks wrong.  So I decided to build my own.  Traced a template of each, then using .03 x.06 styrene, I added the timbers, paying particular attention to the spacing so that they can be properly painted white.  When I finished with the timbers, I added .015 x .025 strips to simulate planking between the timbers.  On the reverse (inside) I added vertical timbers that the planks would be nailed to.  Lower timbers will be next.

head timbers

haed timbers

headt

Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    January, 2012
  • From: Atlanta Metro, Georgia
Posted by fright on Sunday, August 26, 2018 8:38 PM

Some fantastic work, ideas and wiring skills going on here with your build. Congratulations on a very, well thought out adventure!!! 

Robert O

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, August 27, 2018 9:34 AM

Thanks Robert.

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, September 05, 2018 11:42 PM

Finished the head timbers and painted them.

Installed the switch for the cannons in the head, and added additional seats.

head timbers head area Bob

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Thursday, September 06, 2018 12:30 AM

nice of you to think of the crew bob Big Smile , and an excellent job of hidding the switch .

 

 

  • Member since
    August, 2018
Posted by Flint on Thursday, September 06, 2018 4:48 AM

Great work Bob. Very impressed by your lighting rig. I spent 2 months trying to rig a ludicrously ambitious lighting setup into my Black Pearl which included mast lanterns and flickering candles in the cabin. Alas it all had to be ripped out as the effect wasn't strong enough. Yours looks really good. Look forward to seeing it all finished.

  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Monday, September 10, 2018 8:40 AM

Flint,

As I may have mentioned before, I have a lot of experience lighting very small toys on pinball machines.  I even lit up the ships I have on top of my "Pirates of the Caribbean" machine.  Most are tied into specific game circuits, so they relate to your progress in the game.  Just what everyone needs on a pinball machine - more blinking lights!  I have also had my fair share of experimentation and starting over on things that didn't quite work out.  But that is part of fun, right?

 

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

  • Member since
    July, 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 10:57 AM

Luvspinball

Flint,

... I have also had my fair share of experimentation and starting over on things that didn't quite work out.  But that is part of fun, right?

 

    

Indubitably!  That's why we do it.  Fun.  What else can you do with your time and extra income that might otherwise be spent on womens shoes...
Kidding of course.  Shoes for the Wife are a necessity.  Then again, Hobbies like this one are more of a "requirement"; to keep a guy "outta trouble".
Light it Up Bob!
     Jim.
  • Member since
    March, 2018
  • From: Chicago suburbs
Posted by Luvspinball on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:45 AM

Nino

 What else can you do with your time and extra income that might otherwise be spent on womens shoes...

     Jim.
 

Last time we went on vacation, there was a separate suitcase for shoes and make-up.  Not sure what you mean by "extra income" though.... My wife's hobbies appear to be collecting wine and shoes, while mine are golf, pinball and modeling.  At least she can wear the shoes and drink the wine!

Modeling definitely keeps me out of trouble.  The other benefit is that it keeps my fine motor skills up to par, which is important for my job.  So there is a side benefit for me.

Bob

 

Bob Frysztak

Luvspinball

Current build:  Revell 1/96 USS Constitution

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