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Old Aug 08, 2012, 08:34 AM
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the jigs look great, the torps look even better..
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 10:24 AM
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Thanks guys, it has been interesting to learn about the Mark XIII. Building jigs sometimes takes longer than making the parts but I need all the help I can get. Some folks are blessed with natural abilities and I just wish I was one of them. They could have cut all those grooves in the torpedo free hand while watching TV and eating a sandwich and done a better job.....you know who you are out there.
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Torpedos

Today I worked on the details on the aft section of the Mark XIII. I tried two different techniques to replicate access panels on the body of the torpedo. I also tried to scribe some smaller panels but with limited success.
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Old Aug 08, 2012, 07:52 PM
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Grav, I suggest you make a dozen extra torpedoes right now while you are in 'production mode' because you will be able to sell them easy and get some money back on this kit investment.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 09:11 AM
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K, I am not sure how these will turn out in the end. Nice of you to think they are good enough to offer to other folks for their boats. Today is tail fin day. Stay tuned it will good to get this part done. It seems like I have been working on Mark XIII's for months.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Exclent workmanship, may have to trash my boat and start over after looking at your work, if you do decide to mfg/sell any of the PT boat parts you have made I would be insterested for my PT.
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 09:48 AM
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Ditto for me as well ! Clearly you are a master and we would all be honored to share in your craftsmanship if you decide to manufacture the torpedoes .
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Old Aug 09, 2012, 10:34 AM
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The next thing you show us is how to make your torpedoes operational???
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 03:34 AM
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I thought I was getting detailed, this is just superb work.

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Old Aug 10, 2012, 08:36 PM
"Damn The Torpedoes...."
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I did not know that the MBH torpedo was that far off. Looks like it is time to make me some new ones! Great work, keep it up!!!
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Old Aug 10, 2012, 11:50 PM
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I had a thought, for the small panels like that make yourself a template and just paint the outline of the panels (and the screwholes if you want to go crazy), and use a stiff bristle brush and pounce the outlines on (like people who do stenciling in arts and crafts). Not sure if that would work. The torps look great, and I am still watching what you are doing eagerly.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:02 AM
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Foo, thanks for the idea, I had not thought about that. I will do some testing to see what will happen. I just spent two hours putting together a jig and building the first vertical fin. Too much time adding the styrene parts to the resin castings. Got to come up with a way to cast the completed part.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Torpedos

For the past couple of days I have been working on the tail fins for the torpedo. The vertical and the horizontal fins are the same size and shape. Where they differ is the control surfaces. I guess you would say rudder and elevator. I ended up making 9 fins out of styrene for casting.
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Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:36 AM
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Slight difference,I guess ,yours looks real
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Old Aug 12, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Gravman,
I'm too late to follow the topic, read all breathlessly,
1st class workmanship, thanks for the share

mp
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