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#1 Horseman May 23, 2010 05:37 AM

ENGEL VII42/C Build report
 
Hello all,

After building the Engel Gato I have chosen as the next project the Master scale Type VII /c the most used German U-Boot.

After building the Gato with all his triumphs and difficulties I trust that I can coop with the building demands this Sub needs to make her looks and working nice.
There not that many Boulder reports as far I know off, and mainly the sailing part is missing in most reports.

Well this one must sail:mad:.

After buying by Internet the waiting begins for the packets arrives.

And after four days they came:):)

BIG BIGGER BIGGEST:p:p:p

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...P1115280-1.jpg
In the little Box are the resin and brass parts nicely sorted.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115281.jpg

Look at this,,

The stanchions all ready.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1135305.jpg

The Guns,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1155309.jpg

Tower,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1155311.jpg
With Brass exactly fitting deck:)

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1155314.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1135304.jpg

The nose cone and electro motors unit waterproof tested till 12,5 meter:eek:
And ready to run.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1155312.jpg

And a lot more of all this nice pieces.

Then I opened the BIG box with the Hull inside.

And Engel knows how to pack his stuff:):).

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115282.jpg
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115283.jpg


http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115284.jpg

And in close-up really very nice craftsmanship,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115288.jpg
http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115293.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115289.jpg

So you understand that I was very happy to see this high quality because its not a cheap kit :confused: so I expected a lot and it worth the money but its not a easy kit to built.

But it looks easily and there a lot of work being done already, but all the flood holes must be done by myself:).


There are more than 1000 so I'm busy for a wile.

However I started with the Techrek.

The plates with CNC abs

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1115294.jpg

First I put together the Motor section.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1235317.jpg

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1235315.jpg

And it fit perfect.

Than the section on the top of the aft dive tank.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1235319.jpg


Then I made the revolver section were the battery's must fit in.

And on top of that the second dive tank will be fitted.
And than its look like this,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1245336.jpg
And it really looks great and its tall also:p

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1245337.jpg

It fits almost without any flaws, But there was a problem with the frame extension and one of the switches of the front dive tank.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1245338.jpg

And I can not find any reason why this frame are located there, so I take it away to make room for the switch..

So far the beginning of this report,

Greetings from Holland,

Jan,

#2 HelloMoto May 23, 2010 11:43 AM

Looks like a really nice kit, should be much easier to build than the Gato. Are you going to cut out those drainage holes by hand, rotary tool or do you have a mill? Any special features planned for this kit, like the mast and radar on the Gato?

#3 CaptainNemo12 May 23, 2010 11:55 AM

Have fun cutting all those holes out! ;)

#4 tsenecal May 23, 2010 04:19 PM

more please

:popcorn::popcorn::popcorn:

#5 Horseman May 25, 2010 05:35 AM

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Originally Posted by HelloMoto (Post 15152856)
Looks like a really nice kit, should be much easier to build than the Gato. Are you going to cut out those drainage holes by hand, rotary tool or do you have a mill? Any special features planned for this kit, like the mast and radar on the Gato?

Hello HelloMoto,

It looks easier indeed to build her but the real challenge will be mounting the WTC into the Hull at the exact spot so the fixing points fore and aft are at the same spot :cool: and I'm indeed using a Dremel moto tool with a 1mm tool to cut out the drainage holes and the rest by hand. I put in some photo's to let you see the progress.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P2265381.jpg
And some details, :popcorn:

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P3075410.jpg

And some deck details,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P2265382.jpg

I do about 20 holes a day to keep it funny and when it go's very good I do 50 holes and then I stopped because my focus will be lost then:D

I continues also with the WTC and build the Nose cone together.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295363.jpg

And the assembly completed with the energy-coupling.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295361.jpg
You can nicely see how the electrical pcb boards fits together.
There one board with spring loaded runners.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295368.jpg

And the second board that accepts the runners,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295365.jpg

And here the completed assembly,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295362.jpg

So I'm going strong:):)

Greetings,

Jan.

#6 Heiko2 May 25, 2010 06:03 AM

Thread bookmarked :-)

all the best for this project Jan!

#7 CaptainNemo12 May 25, 2010 09:30 AM

Never seen an Engel VIIC build this up close before, it's a thing of beauty!

#8 Horseman May 30, 2010 03:41 PM

Hello all,

I have finised the WTC and its now inside it's tube :)
And its fits beautiful however all the electronics are not fit yet.

The nose cone without the O-Ring

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295372.jpg

The WTC insite the tupe,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295373.jpg

And the backside of the drive unit with the water inlets for the two water pressure sensors and dive tanks. And the holes for the two steering arm's. And of course the two main shafts.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P1295374.jpg


Then I did some grinding and carving with the moto tool.

The front main deck is DONE :):)

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P3075409.jpg


And some detail of the Gun support ,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P3075412.jpg


And the front Resin deck latch and they are softer than Epoxy so it go's faster but also faster wrong :rolleyes:
But not a problem when you take your time.

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P5155716.jpg

And the finished aria behind the Tower,

http://i305.photobucket.com/albums/n...C/P5155714.jpg

I use a proxon 18volts moto tool and a Dremel 220volts moto tool and its a good combination for this kind of job.

The Hull looks just wonderful with all his holes and shapes......

I'm a happy man, but there's still a lot of work to do.

I'm started with the stern hull now.

Will be continued,

Greetings from Holland,

Jan,

#9 HelloMoto May 30, 2010 06:01 PM

Looking good! How long did it take you do all those holes? I always thought it would take absolutely ages to do by hand without a PE deck and that has always put me off these sort of boats.

#10 jaguar75 May 30, 2010 07:56 PM

How many holes does it take to love it?
 
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Great job Jan!
I use a Proxxon drill,too.:D
Regards,
John

#11 Horseman May 31, 2010 02:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HelloMoto (Post 15206215)
Looking good! How long did it take you do all those holes? I always thought it would take absolutely ages to do by hand without a PE deck and that has always put me off these sort of boats.

Hello HelloMoto,

It's hard to tell how long it has takes so far, and I started this project in January so its not done in a few days. only the last days its going fast now:)

But if a man was able to maintain his accurateness then expect I that this job can be done in less than 30 hours.
But you will hate this hobby for always after done that I guess:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Best regards,

Jan,

#12 Jeff Van Hofwegen May 31, 2010 01:27 PM

Hi Jan, thanks for doing this build thread! I have really enjoyed your progress on this magnificent model! Looking incredible so far!
best wishes,
jeff

#13 HelloMoto May 31, 2010 06:12 PM

OK, that makes sense, I thought you managed to get all this done in like 5 days! Looking great.

#14 Horseman Jun 04, 2010 05:29 AM

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Originally Posted by HelloMoto (Post 15213408)
OK, that makes sense, I thought you managed to get all this done in like 5 days! Looking great.

:):):):):):)

Jan,

#15 Sub culture Jun 04, 2010 11:28 AM

Interesting way that hull is moulded, the lower hull is clearly two pieces, which it would have to be to clear the undercut. The deck looks like a one piece mould though, that perhaps is glassed in afterwards?

Is the hull polyester or epoxy resin?


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