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  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Atlanta, GA
Lindbergh's USS Gato
Posted by Mustang8376 on Monday, March 15, 2021 2:22 PM

An old modle I was gifted, along with AMT's USS Enterprise.  I decided to build both at the same time and so far this si the faster build of the two.  This is the first vessel/boat I've beuild since I was probably 8 so I am enjoying the build.  Currently primed at this point, just waiting for it to dry and cure then I will be painting.

 20210313_180906 by Darren Keller, on Flickr

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Next up:  AMT 1/420 USS Defiant

Current build:  Linberg USS Gato and AMT 1/650(?) USS Enterprise


 

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  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Monday, March 15, 2021 4:48 PM

Darren, This is a great starter kit for a model Submarine.  It is also a fun model to try scratch-building a bit of detail.  Too bad there is no 1/240ish scale AM stuff for it. 

It's an easy kit to turn into the Balao class too as the Conning tower is already correct for the Balao.

You're doing a nice job on the assembly. Check the WEB for some Camo painting ideas.

Here is one: 

  

 

 

  I wanted to suggest you might want to get another one of these inexpensive Lindberg kits to have some extra fun.  The kits plastic top deck sits a bit Proud on the hull. On a real Sub it would appear flush, bow to stern.  A simple "fix" could mean just adding some plastic sheet to the bow and stern to meet with the deck. 

 

The deck and the Hull should meet with a more rounded edge too. 

Just some ideas for the future.

     Nino.

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2005
  • From: Roanoke, Virginia
Posted by BigJim on Monday, March 15, 2021 5:52 PM

This may be the same model that is being offered new by Atlantis Models.

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, March 15, 2021 7:49 PM

It's probably a better kit for getting the painting sorted, and there are a number of interesting paint schemes with cool fades and the like.

It' probably not a kit to get committed to trying to get the details right, that's like to be more of a scratch re-build by the time a person was done.

At 1/240ish, it's probably better for good-ish.

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    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 15, 2021 10:13 PM

I hope you move onto a better kit soon. Like the Revell Lionfish, in the world of USN subs of that era and general scale.

The Lindy Gato goes aaalll the way back to 1945. The original was boxed by Varney, they of model railroad fame.

I would not spend any time or money trying to make it better.

But fun.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, March 15, 2021 10:17 PM

Nino

 

 

Looks like the old Lindberg Atlantic Trawler up ahead !!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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    April 2010
  • From: Atlanta, GA
Posted by Mustang8376 on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:10 PM

Going to try to keep this as fun and not stress on accuracy.  This si also a test on how Vallejo's Model Air works on several different models.  Just more practice for me on working on my technique.  

I did check the primer, it looks pretty good, just sand it down a bit.  As for the color scheme, I've had problems findng a good color scheme, but I will keep an eye out.  I could also not be lazy and check out the instructions of other companies that make the a Gato class submarine and see what they use on their color call outs, but that wouldn't be quite as fun. :)

Next up:  AMT 1/420 USS Defiant

Current build:  Linberg USS Gato and AMT 1/650(?) USS Enterprise


 

On Hold: 1/48 Revell Mig-21PFM

Completed: 1/72 Bandai VF-1J

Completed: AMT 1/537 USS Reliant

Completed: Academy 1/35 M1-A1 Abrams

Completed: Academy 1/48 F-86F30

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    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 1:47 PM

Trumpeter has a callout for a grey and black scheme, most boats were done in allover black.  Lot of builders favor nato black.  By the time they got back from patrol, you can see alot of wear and tear in the paint work. Take a look at NavSource pics for weathering ideas.

Nino is right, the'scope shears are pure Balao, but the hulls of the Gatos and Balaos are virtually the same, just a little thicker pressure hull in the Balaos.

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  • From: North East of England
Posted by Hutch6390 on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:20 PM

 

Hi - looks like a fun build.

Mustang8376
I did check the primer, it looks pretty good, just sand it down a bit.

If you haven't actually sanded it yet, be careful - I used Vallejo primer on a Revell U-boat last year, and sanded it down after waiting a day.  It peeled like a layer of very peely stuff, and left a very visible hole showing the bare plastic.  After leaving it for a few days (I gave it a week next time I used it) and sanding VERY gently, it was OK.  Hope I've caught you in time, and I look forward to seeing your build - looking good so far.

Vell, Zaphod's just zis guy, you know?

 

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 2:51 PM

Take a look at this site. It's pretty reliable, not perfect but useful.

https://www.shipcamouflage.com/submarines.htm

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Atlanta, GA
Posted by Mustang8376 on Monday, March 29, 2021 1:07 PM

...primed.  Trying not go all lay and just do the paint in dark gray.

 20210329_104236 by Darren Keller, on Flickr

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 20210329_104305 by Darren Keller, on Flickr

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Next up:  AMT 1/420 USS Defiant

Current build:  Linberg USS Gato and AMT 1/650(?) USS Enterprise


 

On Hold: 1/48 Revell Mig-21PFM

Completed: 1/72 Bandai VF-1J

Completed: AMT 1/537 USS Reliant

Completed: Academy 1/35 M1-A1 Abrams

Completed: Academy 1/48 F-86F30

  • Member since
    August 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:31 AM

FYI, Gold Metal Models has a 1/240 PE set intended for the old Revell Campbelltown destroyer. 
Might be something in there you could use, if you're interested. 

http://goldmm.com/ships/gms2buwa.htm

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 7:43 AM

Hi;

 That sub is fun. I have done all sorts of things with numerous editions of that kit. Now the last one was way better than most. I created an inner hull and found grating of a scale that was close so that became my deck and some plastic sheet artfully shaped became the pressure hull inside.

   Then I proceeded to open one torpedo door as well as Cutting away all the plastic in the Limber holes. I used Brass for the posts for the Railing on the tower and Fine Wire for the rails. The guns got rebuilt with Brass components and the dive planes, rudder and props got redesigned and mounted.

     You want to know what I like best about this kit? It's from Lindberg and so it's simple, fun, and fine looking when done. It won't be confused for any other navy's sub. plus, it's a whole lot cheaper than other brands.

  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Atlanta, GA
Posted by Mustang8376 on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 8:59 AM
HEAR HEAR!!!!! :)

Next up:  AMT 1/420 USS Defiant

Current build:  Linberg USS Gato and AMT 1/650(?) USS Enterprise


 

On Hold: 1/48 Revell Mig-21PFM

Completed: 1/72 Bandai VF-1J

Completed: AMT 1/537 USS Reliant

Completed: Academy 1/35 M1-A1 Abrams

Completed: Academy 1/48 F-86F30

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