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Building the U.S.S. George Washington, ballistic missile submarine

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Building the U.S.S. George Washington, ballistic missile submarine
Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 9:10 AM

Hi Everyone,

My name was given to an individual who is looking for someone to build this kit for a 80 year old veteran who served on a submarine.  Does anyone have any experience or tips for building this kit?  I know that it's a Revell issue but it dates back to the Renwal days.  It also allows you to see the interior on one side.  I also know that he wants it marked for the U.S.S. Stonewall Jackson, SSBN-634.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

tjs

TJS

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Posted by ddp59 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 9:42 AM

those are 2 different classes of subs so 2 different lengths.

George Washington (SSBN-598) Length 381' 6"; Beam 33' http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08598.htm

Stonewall Jackson (SSBN-634) Length 425'; Beam 33' http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/08634.htm

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  • From: Central Oregon
Posted by HooYah Deep Sea on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 12:00 PM

And, unless requested, I'd not do the interior as its 'quite' inaccurate, especially if you have to lengthen the hull.

"Why do I do this? Because the money's good, the scenery changes and they let me use explosives, okay?"

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 1:06 PM

Admiral Rickover is spinning in his grave!

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 1:49 PM

Jackson is a Madinson-class SSBN which does not really have a kit available.

Might be better to start from a Franklin Class in 1/350

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Posted by ddp59 on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 2:31 PM

why does it say "Lafayette Class"? http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/06idx.htm

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  • From: Mansfield, TX
Posted by EdGrune on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 3:01 PM

MikroMir offers a 1:350 scale Lafayette class SSBN.   Your purchase also helps support the efforts in Ukraine

http://mikro-mir.com/en/193.html

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 3:33 PM

Thank you everyone for your information and advice.  I'll pass that on to the person commissioning the build.  I'm not sure as to the level of accuracy they're striving for in this build.  I'm thinking that they bought the first "Modern" submarine kit and the option of seeing the interior is a bonus in their eyes.  They did stress that they wanted the correct identification numbers on the sub.  I haven't officially be given the build so I'll wait and see what they desire.  Once again THANKS to everyone.

tjs

TJS

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 3:51 PM

Yeah!

        It has been my understanding, for years, the "Sherwood Forest" is not the right size as to number of Tubes for the Missiles. That's okay though. Even the Russians Went nuts over that model and many were sent home in "Diplomatic Pouches"! The REVELL kit first and then the RENWAL kit!

       The point was made to me by a former Submarine Crewmember. But he told me that all they had to do was lengthen the model between the Sail(Conning Tower) and the "SherWood Forest" to make it right.

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  • From: Groton, CT
Posted by warshipguy on Thursday, July 7, 2022 10:16 AM

I like the Micro-Mir kits.  They accurately reflect the differences between classes. I was involved with providing photos and plans for their USS Ethan Allen model (I am a former crewman) and with their 688 boats. Using the Revell kit (which is not the Renwal), it would be very difficult to build anything other than a GW.  I'd go with Micro-Mir.

Bill

 

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Thursday, July 7, 2022 2:12 PM

Hey, Warshipguy:

 Thanks for that. I remember when that first came out. A Sub with insides! Gotta have it! At least RENWAL'S had a clear side you could leave closed to alleviate dust in the Sub!

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Saturday, July 9, 2022 1:00 PM

ddp59

why does it say "Lafayette Class"? http://www.navsource.org/archives/08/06idx.htm

 
Wiki has the break at USS Madison SSBN-627--I know some of the auhtors out there refer to early/late Layafayette.  They were different only in that they were designed for the A-3 Polaris from the get-go.
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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, July 9, 2022 3:40 PM

from Remembering Revell Model Kits by Thomas Graham

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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Posted by MR TOM SCHRY on Sunday, July 10, 2022 5:44 PM

I'll be honest, when I first saw this photo and before I read the caption, I thought that it was another bare-chested photo of Putin!!

tjs

TJS

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Posted by disastermaster on Thursday, December 8, 2022 2:56 PM

MR TOM SCHRY

I'll be honest, when I first saw this photo and before I read the caption, I thought that it was another bare-chested photo of Putin!!

tjs

 

 
But of course (back then), he had a bit more hair.

On the kitchen counter somewhere in North Carolina

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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, December 8, 2022 5:29 PM

disastermaster

 

 
MR TOM SCHRY

I'll be honest, when I first saw this photo and before I read the caption, I thought that it was another bare-chested photo of Putin!!

tjs

 

 

 
But of course (back then), he had a bit more hair.
 

Apparently all over..

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

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