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Trumpeter U-552 in 1/48

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  • Member since
    August 2015
  • From: the redlands Fl
Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:15 PM

wow beauitful job!!! 

 

 

 Nick.

  • Member since
    May 2012
  • From: Pennsylvania
Posted by pilotjohn on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:17 PM

Here is a full size photo of the whole thing:

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    May 2012
  • From: Pennsylvania
Posted by pilotjohn on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:17 PM

And a really big one:

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    January 2015
Posted by TheMongoose on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 5:48 PM

What a stellar piece of work!! I’ve followed along from the beginning and think you’ve really done a superb job. The lighting really finished it off. You’re painting skills are top notch - every compartment looks so crisp and the colors just seem right.

In the pattern: Scale Shipyard's 1/48 Balao Class Sub! leaning out the list...NOT! Ha, added to it again - Viper MkVii, 1/32 THUD & F-15J plus a weekend madness build!

  • Member since
    September 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by mstazz62 on Monday, July 29, 2019 8:38 PM

Pilotjohn - FANTASTIC!!!

I was following your build from the beginning and in fact it made get the kit and build it too! Thanks for posting your in progress and finished pics! 

Very, very, very nice!!!!

 

mstazz62
  • Member since
    May 2012
  • From: Pennsylvania
Posted by pilotjohn on Friday, August 2, 2019 7:36 PM

Thank you everyone!  It definitely made me a better modeler.

John

  • Member since
    May 2013
  • From: Indiana, USA
Posted by Greg on Friday, August 2, 2019 8:00 PM

John, that is really something. I mean like really something.

I completely missed this thread, but what a treat to see it start to finish. I'd never heard of this kit, and you turned it into a showstopper. Who woulda thunk of lighting up the inside of a sub model.

Good for you. As you mentioned, display this with pride. You deserve it. YesYesYes

Did I mention those lights? Bow Down

  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: NYC, USA
Posted by waikong on Saturday, April 4, 2020 12:01 AM
I love this build and have been looking to buy this kit for 2 years. Can't believe I didn't see this thread before. Beautifully done!

My website: http://waihobbies.wkhc.net

   

  • Member since
    January 2019
Posted by domer94 on Saturday, April 4, 2020 10:44 AM

unbelievable..  you definitly caught the "essence". now you have to dip the figures in rotten onion juice to simulate the smell after two weeks into the patrol....Big Smile

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Thursday, January 4, 2024 12:17 PM

Fantastic work John!   I received mine at Christmas and I'm now in the planning stages.   Your posts will be displayed on my big screen TV in my shop when I start on this beast.

 

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, January 4, 2024 5:10 PM

What a fantastic model!  Great details, figures add so much and the lighting is very cool.  Now - where is this massive model displayed?

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Saturday, February 10, 2024 4:07 PM

John, or anyone else who may know.....

What is the purpose of that barrel shaped object below the center of the control room floor?   I have looked and looked but cannot come up with a definitive answer on this one.

I started 01/18/24 on my build and have 3 modules done so far.  Working on the Rear crew quarters/mess right now.   Yes, this is a beast but it will be well worth it.

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Summerville, SC
Posted by jeffpez on Saturday, February 10, 2024 4:46 PM

I assume it's a well for the periscope to retract into

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Saturday, February 10, 2024 5:37 PM

jeffpez

I assume it's a well for the periscope to retract into 

Could be.  But then I thought, it's awfully big.    

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Sunday, February 11, 2024 9:11 AM

Deleted by author - duplicate reply

 

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, February 11, 2024 10:36 AM

Aha!

     That is what was the lower retention well for the Periscope bottom. To protect it from errant feet etc.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, February 11, 2024 10:38 AM

Okay!

       Do I need to say it? YES! That is one Beautiful piece of work!!

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Friday, February 16, 2024 8:20 AM

Yes. Thanks

Tanker-Builder

Aha!

     That is what was the lower retention well for the Periscope bottom. To protect it from errant feet etc.

 

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Friday, February 16, 2024 8:21 AM

I had wondered what the purpose of that was.  Much appreciated

 

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Friday, February 16, 2024 12:15 PM

Well, a periscope is a hollow tube with some mirrors installed, the bottom of which is closed off, and a pile of telescoping tubes (like an extendible pointer or auto antenna) attached at the base.

So, you need a decent amount of hydraulic oil to get each of the sections to expand, and to contract, on demand.

The larger "sky" 'scope will have control ords and the like indie the optical part for getting precision angle measurments of stars and the like.  The skinnier "attack" 'scope might have range-finding fittings.

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Sunday, February 18, 2024 2:23 PM

Thanks for the insight Capt Mac .  Makes sense now

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Sunday, February 18, 2024 2:48 PM

John

I see it looks like you elected to keep the clear portion off the starboard side.  I've heard there is significant glare when installed.  My intention is to cut away viewing areas for each module with that piece installed but I hear horror stories of how brittle the clear section is.   Do you, or anywone else, have any tips on cutting this clear material?   I have the fine hobby saws and Tamyia drill.  If it's going to be a close to impossible task, I may install the whole clear piece and paint that side with viewing areas taped over.  

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Summerville, SC
Posted by jeffpez on Sunday, February 18, 2024 4:15 PM

There's some glare but not much. My regret with mine is not lighting the interior. I've never done that and was intimidated enough not to try. As each module was completed all of the amazing detail was easy to see and I didn't anticipate how dark everything would become once installed into the hull. It still makes an impressive display but I'm the only one who has any idea of all the detail that's lurking deep in the shadows. Painting any of the clear hull will only further darken the interior. Light it up!

  • Member since
    January 2021
  • From: SW Florida
Posted by fuzznoggin on Sunday, February 18, 2024 5:31 PM

Thanks for the info!  I will be lighting it up inside with a minimum of 4 nano LED's per module, so I should be ok there.  LoL, like you, I'm the only one who know of the intricate details (and girly photos).  i have a vinyl cutting machine so I'll be able to create the "cut-away" masks prior to painting the starboard side.   I guess we'll find out how brittle the clear is when I hollow out the limber holes.

  • Member since
    July 2008
  • From: Summerville, SC
Posted by jeffpez on Sunday, February 18, 2024 7:55 PM

I'm speculating at best and have no idea if what I'm going to say is in any way accurate but the clear plastic has a very solid and stiff feel to it. Put another way, I'm guessing it's very brittle. Best of luck to you.

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