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Posted by DerekCross | Nov 05, 2009 @ 09:44 AM | 2,331 Views
OK here we go, up and running on the winter project
Yesterday was Day 1 of construction, cutting out the hull forms and Keel

so here are the final specs
Laid down: Nov 4th 09
Lenght: 110 inches
Beam: 14 inches

Armour/Armor (depending where you are in the world!!)
3/8 ply for Keel and hull forms
Sides and deck 1/4 and 1/8 ply

Being over 8 feet long the stern was built as a sub section, then attached to the Keel.
Once all the hull forms are attached she will be placed on the bench straight and true and fixed down for attachment of stringers and deck.
The anti torpedo bulge and stern are for sure the most difficult aspects in getting it to look right.
Anyway, hopefull a bit more done today if the shop is quiet and i will post a picture later if i get all the hul forms attached to give anyone interested a nosey at what is going on!!
Also a pic of my laker in winter layup!!

motors will be provided by two dead old office printers
The long winter months are custom made for projects like this in Minnesota!!
keeps me out of trouble!!
hope you find this interesting, again not going for perfection, but it has to look right.
Posted by DerekCross | Sep 28, 2009 @ 10:17 PM | 2,236 Views
Plans arrived today

So now time to aquire the lumber and work out a plan of action, size is looking like around 9 feet long and 13.5 inches wide at the widest point.

I think i will be going for twin screws as opposed to the quaddruple on the real thing, for simplicity really


I own a computer shop and will be using dead hard drives as ballast when the time arrives!
Posted by DerekCross | Sep 26, 2009 @ 05:19 PM | 2,094 Views
Next project Will be HMS Renown WW2 Battlecruiser, plans are on the way and she will be the same scale as my laker which will make her just under 9' long and not sure on this yet but maybe 16" wide

scale is 1/87 which i think is also 00/HO as in the railroad scale

The wiring diagrams on this site will be extremly helpful as i try and get independant fuction of each motor
The plan is to have her ready for sea trials in late April 2010, when all the ice and snow has finally gone
Once again dead office lazer jet printers will provide motors and wiring etc