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C.S.S. Hunley
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 09:31 PM UTC
This is the 1/35th scale kit from Micro-Mir









Kit needs some TLC, not recommended for beginners. Prop blades and hatch hinges are PE, and as such are too thin in my opinion. I glued them onto thin plastic sheet and used the PE as a template to shape the plastic. Then I used the combination PE/plastic parts. I replaced some PE parts, 'lift rings' or 'tiedowns', not sure which, with thin brass wire. I used Testor's Clear parts and Window Making Liquid instead of using the provided clear parts for the deadlights and portholes. Totally rebuilt the torpedo carrying spar. Thanks for looking. All comments or questions are welcome. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 09:41 PM UTC
Hi Al,

Looks like a very nice build. Any chance of seeing larger images?

Have a great day,
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 10:01 PM UTC
I think it is interesting that a question on the name of the original vessel was the final stumper recently on the TV game show "Jeopardy".

Not one of the contestants got it! One person had nothing. Of the remaining two; one said the Monitor and the other said the Merrimack.

Sad but interesting.
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 10:07 PM UTC

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Hi Al,

Looks like a very nice build. Any chance of seeing larger images?

Have a great day,



Thanks Joe, I'm just getting used to Flickr, and actually figured out how to post larger pictures without calling my IT Guy, I.E. my son. There's hope for dinosaurs like me. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 10:17 PM UTC
Here's another pic, before paint, showing some of the mods that I made.



The 'fins' in front of the conning towers were supplied as PE, and too thin in my opinion. I replaced them with plastic for better scale thickness as well as ease of assembly. The deadlights on top of the hull were damaged while dealing with the seam there, and one was never molded. So I replaced them with thin slices of plastic tubing. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 10:22 PM UTC

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I think it is interesting that a question on the name of the original vessel was the final stumper recently on the TV game show "Jeopardy".

Not one of the contestants got it! One person had nothing. Of the remaining two; one said the Monitor and the other said the Merrimack.

Sad but interesting.




It's all a matter of interests. Never been much of a sports guy, but I have cousins who are. They can give you all kinds of stats on players and teams going way back, but think it's strange that I can name ships, dates, battles, etc.. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 10:51 PM UTC
Al,
Thanks for the larger pics...now the details are visible.

You really did a great job on that sub!

Cheers,
Joe
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 11:05 PM UTC

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Al,
Thanks for the larger pics...now the details are visible.

You really did a great job on that sub!

Cheers,
Joe



Thanks Joe, It took a little finagling but I finally figured it out. I plan on adding a pair of figures to the scene. For human interest and to give a sense how small and cramped the Hunley was. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 07, 2018 - 11:52 PM UTC
Hi Al,

Your Hunley is one sweet build! Your paint job really nailed that drab 19th Century boilermaker look of this little monster. I agree with your decision to replace some of the photoetch parts with thicker plastic pieces too; etch is usually better than the parts it replaces, but sometimes the sheet metal parts are just too thin!
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 01:23 AM UTC
Thanks Tim, I agree that sometimes PE is too thin or too flat. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 02:45 AM UTC
Nice job Al. The faint rust looks great on the iron plate. Can't wait to see the figures you are going to add.
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 07:50 AM UTC

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Nice job Al. The faint rust looks great on the iron plate. Can't wait to see the figures you are going to add.



Thanks, Bob. Gotta get my rear in gear and start 'em. Al
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Posted: Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 07:40 PM UTC
Don't we all.