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Old Aug 01, 2012, 06:51 PM
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Torpedos

I spent this last weekend cleaning up my old pen turning lathe. As near as I can tell I have not used it since 1995. Back in the day though I turned a lot of wooden pens with it.

I went on line and found a government manual on the Mark XIII. It was written in 1942 and contains all the drawings and technical information you could want concerning this torpedo. What I found out was that I was wrong in what I thought I knew. Turns out there is only one section of the torpedo, which is called the air flask which is the same diameter at either end. The war head tapers very slightly from the air flask section forward. I also found out there is more detail on the surface of these torpedos than you might think. I'm not going to be able to duplicate all of it. I just want to make sure the overall shape is correct.
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