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    Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Having just returned to plastic modelling after a 45+yr break, I have decided to jump in at the deep end.
    As a child I was always impressed by German E-Boats, they always looked so powerful and menacing compared with other nations MTB's.

    Back in the 50-60's when I built Airfix model planes out of plastic bags bought from woolworths, we didn't have Etched parts, after market accessories, airbrushes, acrylic paints, cyano, internet or internet forums, so all this is new to me.

    It is my intention to motorise with 3x400 can motors, R/C, Lu'erson Effekt steering, 32mm scale brass props etc..
    This model isn't meant to represent any particular Boote, rather my interpretation of a heavily worked machine, warts and all.

    With 600+ parts to the basic kit,I have added several Eduard etched accessory kits, an AFV Quad Flakvierling (123 parts) dinghies,crew,supplies etc this is going to be a long build.
    I don't have any particular build sequence, I work on whatever area takes my fancy at any particular moment so as not wanting to get bored with the many repetative fittings etc..
    I started this in November 2011, but because of many personal commitments it is a very on-off build. Howeveriwill get there in theend.

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    What are you using to power this. I know the 3-400 motor's. Esc and batteries?

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion


    ORIGINAL: Deathwish

    What are you using to power this. I know the 3-400 motor's. Esc and batteries?
    I have sorted out the batteries and esc's locally thanks!

    Gregg

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Having carried out multiple amputations of several afv figure kits, just waiting for the wounds to heal before painting.
    Instead of the usual scenario of behind guns, on the bridge etc., I wanted to diversify!



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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    That is very cool man, that will be awesome when you are done!!

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    I want to know what electronic speed control's and batteries you are using. And how many of each?

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    The electronics side of things will be a system produced by a company called 'Action Electronics' over here in the UK.
    It provides for provision to accelerate on the centre motor, and for the two outer motors to cut in when the boat has reached a cerain speed.
    The outer motors are not used in reverse but the appropriate outer motor will opperate in conjunction with the rudders.
    This company supply complete or part kits specifically for individual types of boat to order.
    If you google Action you can see what they supply.
    Power is supplied from a 3800 nihm



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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Thanks for your positive comment, it's greatly appreciated!

    Best Regards
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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Great start to a beautifull Boat. Hope you continue to share as I also have the Italeri S boat and looking for help on the RC side of construction as well as how you plan to access the RC gear and how to hold the removable parts on. Thanks again and looking forward to more build photos.

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion


    ORIGINAL: 1sgt

    Great start to a beautifull Boat. Hope you continue to share as I also have the Italeri S boat and looking for help on the RC side of construction as well as how you plan to access the RC gear and how to hold the removable parts on. Thanks again and looking forward to more build photos.

    Jim
    Thanks for the positive comments Jim.
    Her'es some pics of the way I have made removeable access hatches etc.
    The main deckI have made to be slid on from the stern and screwed down as per kit instructions. This is if In need to do any major work (at home)
    For poolside work I have cut out the rear depth charge rail area to access the rudder servo's.
    For battery and motor access I have made the centre deck area removeable, held in place with micro magnets.
    The froward deck area and armoured bridge comes off as a complete unit, held down with the kitscrews as per instructions.

    I have tried to upload the pics on here but keep getting an internal network error message, I'll log off and try againlater!

    regards
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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Another try at the pics for Jim!

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Thanks.

    Jim

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Is anyone else having problems logging onto this site, and uploading photo's.?
    I keep getting this message

    500 - Internal server error.
    There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Yep and i made a post about it. So far no one replied

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Just some of the mods needed to be able to motorise!
    Still won't let me upload any more pics!!!!!!!!!

    Definitely something wrong with the site, I tried 5 times to access the site today before I could get on.

    Repeately told that site not available. Now I see that some of the pics I put in my earlier thread are now blank !!!!!!!!

    Gregg

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Now getting lots of boxes with red crosses in them instead of photo's!!!!!!!!!

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Re-trying a previous post that didn't load!
    Some of the mods required to be able to motorise and R/C
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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    This weekends work, started the painting of modified AFV figures + some more mods on going

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    That's some beautiful work. I don't know if I have the patience to do such fine detail.

    Rick H.

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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Thanks for the praise Rik.
    It helps me wind down at the end of the day, you can't be angry/agitated/upset etc.. when working on minute fiddly bits and pieces!
    Here's a few more pics of previous work carried out over several months!


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    RE: Italeri 1/35 Schnellboote Conversion

    Just some of the modifications to convert AFV figures into crew members.
    I had to remove boots and get rid of uniform jackets etc, to produce shoes and overalls as I have seen in many photo's of what was worn when In port.

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    I will be getting my keys back to my modelling cupboard in a couple of weeks. I have almost finished the work on our apartment so it has been deemed that I deserve them!

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    I have been allowed to access my modelling cupboard by HWMBO now that the nights are drawing in again, as I have just about completed all she wanted me to do around the house.
    This is my latest contribution to the build, sorting out the rudder linkages so I could incorporate the 'Lurssen Efekt' . This was quite challenging, but after making a plasticard mock up I think I have succeeded.
    I needed to know the angles and lengths of the linkages prior to cutting/gluing etc., as I wanted to construct a removable module as with the motors.


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    I see now that you are the one to watch, to emulate, especially as you are building to a very high degree of precision. I've finally seen a built up version of this kit in a shop and I was floored at how big it really is. Not sure I can tear myself away from the huge backlog of other plastic model conversions I have to do but this will be one of those things to strive for.

    I see you have a large crew in the making but it looks like they are set up for dockside work only or loading up for the next mission. Don't turn it into a display model! They need to be mainly posed in the pilothouse and at "battle stations", right?
    The complexity of a weapon is inversely proportional to the IQ of the weapon's operator.


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