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    Default 110' WWI Sub chaser.

    I usually scratch build most of my scale boats, but I enjoyed building the Dauntless kit so much, that I bought the Dumas 110' Sub Chaser kit.
    The idea was to build it after I finished the American Enterprise kit that I'm half way through.

    But I couldn't help myself & started it ahead of time, a couple of months ago.
    It's nearing completion, so I thought I'd post a few pics in a sort of retrospective build thread. I should have started it earlier, I know.

    So here's the kit.

    http://www.dumasproducts.com/product...oducts_id=1066

    It's a very bare & basic kit compared to what the real boats had packed onto the decks. So I'm adding more detail with photos taken from the internet & this fantastic site linked below.
    There are some brilliant photos of the real boats "Close Aboard" & of other peoples models too.

    https://www.subchaser.org/home


    Where to start.

    Well, the kit comes with a great set of instructions & assembly diagrams & a full size top & side drawing & a full size keel drawing.
    Step 1 is to assemble the two halves of each former, & then assemble the keel.

    Next draw some lines on the building board & assemble the formers onto the keel.
    A small dab of CA glue holds the formers to the board. The tabs are cut away later.
    Then the wood strips are added at the deck line.

    A little sanding to fair the timber to the formers & then the planking was added.
    A bit of tapering, & beveling is required to fit some of the planks.
    Also a bit of splicing of the planks, because the basswood planks provided are not quite long enough to reach from stem to stern.

    Joining the formers together.
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    Laying the keel.
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    Assembling the frames & keel on the building board.
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    Planking underway.
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    Notice the spliced planks. They were really only an inch or so short but I staggered the joints for structural integrity so they weren't all in the same line.
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    Then it was on to the deck.
    The kit comes with 1/4" basswood planks. But at the 1:35 scale that this kit is, they are much too wide when compared to photos of the original boats. So I split them in half, down to 1/8" wide. Still a tad wide I think, but much more realistic.
    The king plank down the center remained 1/4" wide though, as per the original boats.
    I laid a couple of margin planks along the outside edge of the deck & then laid all the planks parallel to the king plank, as per the original boats.

    Before the finished deck was glued onto the hull, I added the rudder post tube, the stuffing tube, the servo mounts & servo, and the motor mounts.

    Then the hull was sanded & filled & sanded again.

    The bulwarks & rub rails were added & construction of the cabin & bridge was started.

    King plank & margin planks added to the deck.
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    Planking all finished & sanded.
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    Rudder tube, servo stuffing tube, & the motor mounts added before the deck is glued on.
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    Deck attached. Bulwarks & rub rails added. Superstructure under construction.
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    Front view of the bulwarks & deck in place, with the hull & filler all sanded to shape.
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    Next I tackled the handrails.
    Full size drawings are supplied, & the brass rod is simply taped to the drawings & all soldered together.

    Brass rod taped to the drawings and soldered together.
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    Railings removed from the plans & bent into the appropriate shapes.
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    Then it was time to start on the fiddly bits. I decided to paint them as I made them & store them in a box.

    Here's the cabin & wheelhouse finished & painted, along with various hatches, air vents, the 5" Pool gun, & the winch.
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    Next I tackled the main mast, jack stay & davits etc.
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    Then it was the Y gun depth charge launcher which was supplied with the kit. I added extra depth charges & the depth charge rack for the rear of the boat, which I glued to the rudder hatch.
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    Made the stanchions from tubing & wire eyelets as per the drawings. drilled them into a scrap piece of ply for painting.
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    Here's a few more bits added to the pile of items, including stanchions, equipment lockers, 44 gallon fuel drums, searchlight, weather break, & navigation light frames.
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    Cool

    I?m certain it will be gorgeous!
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    Another great build started. I just don't have the patience for a project like that, but it sure fun to watch the progress.
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    Thanks guys.
    I just love WWI & pre WWI navy boats. It's the history that is learned during the research for the builds that I really like. The wide wide world of web is an amazing thing.

    Here's a few more pics to catch up to her current status.

    The hull was painted a couple of weeks ago.
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    The original boats had 3 motors & drives. I bought 3 little 385 size motors to install, but when they arrived it all became too hard to fit them & the drive shafts into the narrow hull. So I ended up just fitting a single 540 motor as per the plans.

    The 540 motor from an old battery drill fitted.

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    The commencement of fitting the deck gear.

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    Talking about patience. At the moment I'm making a dozen or so tiny little wooden chocks to tie the spare depth charges down to on the deck.
    A bit tedious. But fun.

    Here's an old movie involving the sub chasers, made in 1939. Thunder Afloat.
    Entertaining, with some great images of life on these boats.

    https://archive.org/details/thunderafloat1939

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