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Title: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on January 09, 2015, 08:33:42 PM
Having completed my Italeri S-100 Schnellboot, I saw a thread on another modelling site of an amazing build of a Revell Gato Class Submarine.
Although it was only for static show, it has inspired me to change genre yet again.
I know I can never reach the standard that the builder of that particular project managed, however I like a challenge and have started my build of this subject.  I intend to incorporate some of his techniques, but intend it to have R/C only as a surface runner at present
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on January 10, 2015, 04:19:40 PM
Modifying the kit prop shafts to be operational, required separating the tunnels from the kit tunnel/shaft combination.
Unfortunately the first tunnel I attempted to drill out, I had the drill speed too high and partially melted the plastic.
This done, I initially I used carbon fibre rod to line up the drilled out kit 'A' frame and tunnel, before replacing with brass tubes and permanently attaching the tunnels to the rear hull sides.
This allowed me to mark off where the shafts would enter the bulkhead in the main hull.

 
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: Captbearuk on January 10, 2015, 05:49:31 PM
I like this.  :-))
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on February 15, 2015, 10:08:57 PM
Iv'e not had the ability to do much for a while, so now I am trying to get as much done as possible.
I am going to be laid up for a few weeks,  (new left shoulder op) so I am trying to get the difficult/fiddly jobs out of the way

Managed to get a little work done over the last few days, mainly to the PE deck areas & diving planes.

My intention had been to build as a surface runner, but as others have already said, I would change my mind once I got going.
Following advice given by more knowledgeable persons than myself, I have increased the area of the diving planes by 30% using plasticard extensions.

The PE decking was a pain to fit, but hopefully it will pay off when all is painted.



Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on February 18, 2015, 08:32:47 PM
While waiting for a WTC to be made up by Marks Model Bits, got a little painting done as it was such a nice day outside today.
A thin coat of primer to show up any imperfections that need some attention. (quite a few areas)
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: salmon on February 19, 2015, 01:30:24 PM
You are doing a great job on the sub. Are you crafting this sub as a WWII sub? If so, you will need to open the hatches on the sides of the sail. An area I would remove is those rectangle weld lines only one or two subs had them and it was a post war addition. I did not think about that when I did mine.
(http://i1089.photobucket.com/albums/i345/t_chalfant/Revell%20Gato%20Submarine/CT_with_Paint2.jpg) (http://s1089.photobucket.com/user/t_chalfant/media/Revell%20Gato%20Submarine/CT_with_Paint2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on February 24, 2015, 11:33:45 PM
Great looking Sail there.
Will probably leave this semi sealed, as playing with the idea of making a mini WTC with the receiver in it. (2.4Ghz)
Tonight started on the Eduard PE side hinge plates, the job I have been putting off for quite a while.
Folded and temporarily attached with masking tape, until I have worked out the areas that need fettling around obstructions.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on March 18, 2015, 09:23:50 PM
A few bits and pieces arrived courtesy of MMB & S.H.G.
Just need some spare time to get moving on with this.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: salmon on March 29, 2015, 05:33:01 PM
How is the sub coming along?
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on April 03, 2015, 08:06:01 PM
Not a lot to add recently, as having problems with a shoulder I'm waiting to have replaced.
Unfortunately this makes it difficult to use my left arm/hand.
I will hopefully post some of the minor updates over the weekend!

Gregg
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: profesorul on April 06, 2015, 07:24:43 AM
@ ojays ,
 
I'm sorry to hear You are not in Good Shape .   ok2
My Best thoughts and Good HEALTH , to Recover Soon .    :-)
 
MARIUS
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on April 11, 2015, 07:59:25 PM
Thanks for the comments Marius, just one of the joys of life catching up with me!

Not a lot to show but been playing about with positioning prop shafts, modifying dive planes, and fitting the 'Eduard' PE side plates (a lot easier with Cyano Gell) as it gives more time to position.


Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 17, 2015, 10:34:18 PM
Managed a little over the last few weeks.
Control rods/runs for the dive planes & rudder trial fitted, to check for freedom of movement.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: U-33 on May 18, 2015, 08:03:34 AM
There's rumours that the Gato may be coming back in production....
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: essex2visuvesi on May 18, 2015, 12:58:46 PM
Where did you get that little 2 outlet gearbox?
I looks like the one fitted to some older Tamiya battleships only with metal gears
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: RAAArtyGunner on May 18, 2015, 10:15:17 PM

The 'motorised' Lindberg PT 109 kit, has one similar.
One motor, with two outputs.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 18, 2015, 10:16:02 PM
There's rumours that the Gato may be coming back in production....
Heard the same, hopefully it will bring the price down to a more affordable level.
These are going for silly prices on e-bay.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 18, 2015, 10:16:59 PM
Where did you get that little 2 outlet gearbox?
I looks like the one fitted to some older Tamiya battleships only with metal gears

Found it an e-bay a while ago!
 Gregg
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: eddiesolo on May 18, 2015, 10:23:12 PM
Nice work Gregg, coming together nicely.


Si:)
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 20, 2015, 08:50:36 PM
Thanks Si, forgot you peruse this site too.
Starting to struggle with this now, with the shoulder problem. {:-{
Had pre -op assessment today, and will be informed within the next 28 days of op date.
Told arm will be strapped up for first 3 weeks after op, then at least 3 months before it will be functional. :(( :((
Not a happy bunny as modelling is my way of coping with things. :(( :((
Still, onward & upward.

Gregg
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: salmon on May 21, 2015, 01:55:13 AM
I can relate. Just had surgery for cancer on my lower spine and can not sit for weeks. Going stir crazy.
Your build is coming along, we can wait until you get back to it.
Peace,
Tom

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 21, 2015, 11:25:55 PM
I can relate. Just had surgery for cancer on my lower spine and can not sit for weeks. Going stir crazy.
Your build is coming along, we can wait until you get back to it.
Peace,
Tom

I know just how you feel Si, I had a spinal fusion several years ago, and the three months of only being allowed to lay down or stand up, with no sitting did my head in.
However it did get rid of 30yrs worth of pain & painkillers I had been suffering.

At this time my wife allowed me to use the kitchen worktops (just the right height) to work on my R/C aircraft without having to bend etc..

Anyway I do hope that your back improves soon.

Gregg

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on May 28, 2015, 12:31:38 AM
Gearbox to prop shaft, connected through secondary shafts and UJ's.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on January 12, 2016, 11:11:57 PM
Hopefully back on board this year.
A few medical problems and complete lack of modelling mojo for a while now.

Hopefully over it and make some progress on this, as like most of us I have built up a stash in my cupboard I would like to get into.

Strange! No interest in building, didn't stop me from accumulating several more kits though.

Gregg
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: salmon on January 13, 2016, 03:47:56 AM
Strange! No interest in building, didn't stop me from accumulating several more kits though.

Gregg


Oh,you got it bad. Yep, incurable modeling disease. Some say it is caught when you touch plastic and work with it, others believe it is an overload of pride when you complete a model, still others think it is because of the thrill of learning and the challenges each model brings. I do not know what it i, but I have dozens of models in boxes that I have collected over the past several decades. I have been trying to limit my acquirements to sub related. That has been my most recent discipline. My next one is to sell the ones that are not sub related.

Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: Robin smith on January 16, 2016, 03:00:10 PM
This is looking good, great job.

I don't want to sound stupid but will show my ignorance. On these brass etched parts which one can buy for the Italerie S Boat and for the Revelle type 7c do you have to solder these together? My thoughts are if I don't like the detail on my Engel type 7 do I get the brass etched parts for the 2cm gun and the 88 deck gun? While I have done lots of soldering on various builds especially when I did my 1/12 Severn Lifeboat. I have not used these brass etched parts which seem when assembled seem to be a mixture of brass and plastic.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on January 17, 2016, 08:15:15 PM
Hi Robin,
I use Cyano Gell, not cheap but allows some adjustment if needed.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: Robin smith on January 17, 2016, 10:56:11 PM
Thanks so much I will get some of this.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on September 15, 2016, 09:36:19 PM
Finally got some mojo back & some of the medicals out of the way.

Got to be a little change in the control and shaft runs, as realised the hull would be too long to fit in the car.

I have broken it down into bow/centre/stern sections, that are fitted with powerful magnets recessed into the bulkheads.
Maybe not ideal, but I wanted to use what I had in my spares box without having to spend any cash.

I will post photo's when I have reduced their size to fit on the forum.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on September 15, 2016, 10:18:38 PM
Finally got some mojo back & some of the medicals out of the way.

Got to be a little change in the control and shaft runs, as realised the hull would be too long to fit in the car.

I have broken it down into bow/centre/stern sections, that are fitted with powerful magnets recessed into the bulkheads.
Maybe not ideal, but I wanted to use what I had in my spares box without having to spend any cash.

I will post photo's when I have reduced their size to fit on the forum.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on September 27, 2016, 10:12:38 PM
Carrying on with the mods to allow easy conveyance.
The central hull section hasn't been cemented together yet. This has allowed me to
separate them, to re-align the intermediate shafts linking the gearbox to the prop shafts.
As can be seen, I have had to lift the gearbox quite a lot.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on April 30, 2017, 11:30:08 PM
On indefinite hold at the moment, busy moving house and lost momentum.
Two other builds also on hold.
1/72 corvette and 1/350 USS Enterprise CV65.
Title: Re: Revell 1/72 Gato Class
Post by: ojays on October 23, 2017, 05:32:38 PM
Finally got back on board this build.
Making some inroads with the WTC and fittings.