Building the Red October

robn1

Master Member
The window mesh would be a perfect mask for painting the tiles. Just work with small sections at a time, like a few square inches, to keep the wrinkling under control. And some variation is good, it'll break things up.
 

blastmaster

Sr Member
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This is awesome build, my son loves it, what mold kit,(if it is a kit) is the Falcon in the BG.
AL
 
Great build so far.

I know it's still early, but do you have any thoughts on a display yet? I like to know how people do their water effects.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Thanks all...

The Falcon is the 1:72 Fine Molds kit.

Not sure on a display as of yet...
 
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PHArchivist

Master Member
Good news - the bow restoration is going well, and the paint indeed was the Tamiya Light Grey I'm using on the Death Star.

Though, I need to wait for paint to cure, and need to apply a second thin layer of filler, so it puts me behind a day.
 

Mole

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Funny how things have a way of working out. :)

And I'm quite amused by the October being the same colour as the Death Star. Yay for fandom crossovers! ;)

I ordered the Hobby Boss 1/700 Typhoon kit over the weekend. I can't wait to get it.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
And I'm quite amused by the October being the same colour as the Death Star. Yay for fandom crossovers! ;)

I ordered the Hobby Boss 1/700 Typhoon kit over the weekend. I can't wait to get it.
I should have done the upper hull in a speckle pattern!

Best of luck (and fun) with your kit!

Is it bizarre irony that we're focused on a Russian submarine right now...?
 

Mechamaniac

Sr Member
Sorry, but with all this talk of the Caterpillar drive, I just can't resist...

"The order ish....engage the shilent drive!" :)
 

torren_of_amber

Active Member
I built the model way back when it came out and yours is making want to find another one and do it up right. You're stuff is awesome and so inspiring. Glad you share with us keep up the great work.
later, T
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Thank you!

Finished the bow restoration last night. The paint was actually just a bit darker. Not sure if it was a lot issue, or in fact a different paint. Anyway I had to do my best to blend it with weathering.

I also painted the inside of my forward Catepillar doors straight black. I may need to blend in some dark grey to make it look a bit more realistic.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Earlier in the thread I mentioned the seam between the con tower and the hull bothered me.

Those that know me and follow my projects have probably come to realize that things that bug me don't usually last long.

I may need to add a bit more filler, but it is pretty easy to do since it is in a seam, and the excess wipes away with a wet cloth. Sort of like caulkinga seam in a home improvement project.

The paint I'll use will be brushed on, and is not an exact match to the hull. Its the Neutral Grey I've used or weather. But with a small section like this, blended with more weathering, I'm OK with it.






Here's the redone bow with the stock holes left open to represent the Catepillar doors

 

PHArchivist

Master Member
I am also currently working on the sonar bulges that go just aft of and below the bow planes. Once is done and in rubber; the other will be cast today.
 
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Mole

Well-Known Member
Really coming together now. You've done a great job weathering down the missile hatch surrounds.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Really coming together now. You've done a great job weathering down the missile hatch surrounds.
I printed the sticker for the missle hatches before I watched the film again.

There is a great "fly over" shot of the big model starting from the (true) port bow (right side of the screen, since the camera looks aft), up over the main hatch deck, then drifting off starboard of the tower (left of the screen).

In the shot you see nice detail of the hatch covers, and they feature a ring, or donut, on each one that I could have added to the image before printing the sticker.

Oh well...
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
Also, the sticker material between the black hash marks bugs me. I may try to scale that back a bit with more of the neutral grey weathering.
 

PHArchivist

Master Member
It is interesting,...

There are many features to my sub that in shape or porportion are not accurate:
--The tail's towed-sonar bulb (too big on mine)
--The sonar bulges to be added to the bow (close, but not exact in shape)
--The Catepillar doors (incorrect position and shape)
--The pair of small vertical fins forward of the main rear tail (too small)
--The two inlet vens forward of the above mentioned fins (too large on mine)
--The top surface of the sail (more detailed on mine)

But the interesting thing is that some of these items I actually like better on mine, though inaccurate...

The towed-sonar bulb on the rear tail I think looks better with the size and shape on my model.

Also, I like the detail in the top deck/roof of the tower. The filming model features a more or less flat deck with sharp edges. I think the periscope detail and rounded off edges are far better.
 
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PHArchivist

Master Member
I think I lost my fan base! ;)

Sonar bulges will be added today or tomorrow.

Toying with the idea of doing the rear doors. Would probably take a mold off those inlet things behind the conning tower.

Bow planes should go on this weekend along with beaver tail and screws.
 

Junk Pilot

Sr Member
Damn, they are awesome photos.

I remember the good ol' days of The Cold War (shades of another submarine movie :lol) when the only available image of the Typhoon was the port rear quarter shot of it cruising. I didn't know it had shrouds over the screws (or were they an aftermarket mod?).
 
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