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Old 02-23-2012, 10:20 AM
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It's nice to see your I-400 is being made so fast. I'm sorry for not being around lately, but unfortunetly I don't have much spare time... But when I find some, I'm always checking on your progress and there is always something new!

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Old 02-23-2012, 02:49 PM
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Water, aye: so sez the jar and proven experientially. Mebbe we should contact the mfr for a product info sheet. Stuff hardens like plaster; and I think that the glass= microballoons...

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The CONN, man!!

Prior to starting the major construction of the hull, etc I was working behind the scenes on a lot of "fiddly bits" which included (in addition to the armament) the periscopes, various antennae, bridge binoculars, etc.

By working like this, little by little, I build up a collection of little "sub- models" (no pun intended) . That way, the "fiddly bits" are done long before the project really taxes the patien(ce)t.

So, here I present the bits/pieces of the conning tower, prior to assembly.

Periscope tube nest is paper.

Periscopes, antennae etc are mixed media ("whatever works") .

I am a "mixed media modeler"...so there!

For ladders, etc I use Grandt Line * Grandt Line Products home page model railroad detail products. I cant see well enough to bend wire that fine...

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Old 02-25-2012, 02:26 AM
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Fiddly bits! Looking good, though.
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Old 02-25-2012, 06:19 PM
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Conning Tower Part 2

The conning tower, minus a few "fiddly bits, is basically complete!
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Old 02-26-2012, 02:13 AM
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I read Beach's book wherein he describes the voyage he took on the -400 as its captain. He was not too impressed with the boat despite its size.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:51 PM
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Talking LA Garbage Truck

I bet the sonar signature of the I-400 was a thing of great beauty (not) !!

It was probably about as stealthy as an LA garbage truck.....

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Old 02-27-2012, 11:19 PM
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If you read Beach's book, and it's a really good one, too, you will see that he was not too thrilled with its handling/sea keeping capabilities. If I recall correctly, it's been years since I read the book, he was afraid to dive the boat for fear it wouldn't resurface!

More's the pity the War Dept scuttled the boat rather than keep it as a museum piece.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:23 AM
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Thumbs up Sad fate of the I-400

Cmdr Beach was probably dead right...but then, WW2 was in the endgame stage when I-400 was launched. TBTG

"Sea-keeping" with a 400-foot aircraft-carrier submarine back in those days would have been a challenge, to say the least!!

God forbid that the Russkies shoulda got their hands on it....

Anyway, here is a WIP (Work In Progress) shot of "I-400 maru" as of 1330 today.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:37 AM
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I have never quite understood what it was about the I-400 that was so secret that we didn't want the Russians to have it. Certainly, they could have designed an airplane carrying sub if they wanted.

Perhaps that's what gave the US the idea to launch missiles from subs? Don't know.
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