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Revell 1/72 Platinum edition Gato class sub
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Posted: Saturday, August 29, 2020 - 04:55 PM UTC
Okay,Here we go! The Revell 1/72 Gato is a kit i've wanted to build for years and now I'm finally build it! I'm not building it out of the box, I'm going to rivet and oilcan the whole ship as well as drilling out all the flood vents on the bottom as well as PE and a wood deck. I will start the build in about a week as I have not yet received the kit. I have started this blog early so if anyone has any tips and tricks or things to watch out for on the kit they would be appreciated. My only problem with it is so far is i'll need a bigger workbench....

And as always gonna start the build with some AC/DC!
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 03:01 AM UTC
Its going to be a monster. 52 inches long.

Good luck and happy building!
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 06:19 AM UTC
I will be following your blog, I had great fun building mine, good luck oh, that weird antenna on the conning tower is actually a broom i found out too late
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Posted: Monday, August 31, 2020 - 08:17 AM UTC

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I will be following your blog, I had great fun building mine, good luck oh, that weird antenna on the conning tower is actually a broom i found out too late

Cool Mat thanks for following along! Ive seen your Gato build, and I must say it looks amazing! I'll be happy if mine comes out looking half as good!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 01, 2020 - 09:23 AM UTC
Watching with interest Ezra

always interested in following 1/72 sub builds...

Maybe if Revell one day released a type XXI, I'll take the "dive"
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Posted: Wednesday, September 02, 2020 - 12:53 PM UTC

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Watching with interest Ezra

always interested in following 1/72 sub builds...

Maybe if Revell one day released a type XXI, I'll take the "dive"

Thanks for tagging along Russ! I should hopefully be getting the kit in 1-2 days....
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Posted: Saturday, September 05, 2020 - 04:31 PM UTC
Quick Update on the Gato, I should be getting the kit and starting the build on the the 8th ( Coincidently my birthday ) So keep your eye out for it!
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 11:29 AM UTC

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Quick Update on the Gato, I should be getting the kit and starting the build on the the 8th ( Coincidently my birthday ) So keep your eye out for it!



Well a very happy birthday to you, Erza!
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 12:03 PM UTC
My advice Ezra:

Have a Great Build!!!
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Posted: Sunday, September 06, 2020 - 05:26 PM UTC

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My advice Ezra:

Have a Great Build!!!

Thanks Joe, im planning on this to be a fun and relaxing build!
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 07:32 AM UTC
Here we go lets start the build! The parts are very nicely molded with only a little flash, but the wood deck and PE parts really bring it up to the next level. I think ill start the the build with the 40mm Bofor.

And here it is with the main hull dry fit. ( It was bigger then i thought )
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 08:03 AM UTC
Yes it is a big hull will you attach the propellor guards or not for your version?
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Posted: Tuesday, September 08, 2020 - 08:53 AM UTC

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Yes it is a big hull will you attach the propellor guards or not for your version?

Yes, I probably will. (Im building the USS Cobia for everyone who's wondering)
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 12:37 PM UTC
First update! the Bofor and orly are built and waiting paint! The kit parts were passable but with the PE they look a treat!







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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 03:16 PM UTC
Ezra: Any particular reason you chose COBIA over many of the other more famous boats?

If I ever do that kit, which of course, due to its size, would cause me to build another room on my house, I believe I would do DRUM, which for many years was the Naval Reserve trainer in my home town of Washington, D.C. Not only that, I would do it with the TV antenna that she sported in her conning tower, in the name of complete accuracy of course.

Try and get Alden's "Fleet Submarines of the U S Navy" as a reference source for your build. Should be available from your local library. You will find it invaluable.
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Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2020 - 11:14 PM UTC
Ezra,

Very nice job upgrading those weapons, they are going to look sweet sitting on the deck.

Mark
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 09:54 AM UTC

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Ezra: Any particular reason you chose COBIA over many of the other more famous boats?If I ever do that kit, which of course, due to its size, would cause me to build another room on my house, I believe I would do DRUM
Try and get Alden's "Fleet Submarines of the U S Navy" as a reference source for your build.

I was originally going to build the Drum, but I realized the Drum is significantly different from the Gato in the kit. ( It has a different limber hole pattern and the deck gun is different.) There's not really a reason i picked the Cobia. As for the size.... well lets just say im not sure where i'll live when i finish it... well hindsight's 20/20 I guess Whenever my local library opens back up all be sure to look for that book. ( Truth of consequences in still in part lockdown.)
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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 09:57 AM UTC

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Ezra,

Very nice job upgrading those weapons, they are going to look sweet sitting on the deck.

Mark

Thanks Mark! Im planning on starting the 4in deck gun today or tomorrow ( lots of PE for it )
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Posted: Friday, September 11, 2020 - 03:43 AM UTC
Ezra: Part of those differences between Cobia and Drum are because they were built to slightly different sets of plans. Cobia, as was Gato your starting prototype, was built to Electric Boat plans while Drum was built according to plans from the Portsmouth, NH Navy Yard plans. The differences are many but slight, still you want to make your boat an accurate representation of the prototype.

I am old enough to remember when Hot Springs became Truth or Consequences, just as I am old enough to remember that TV antenna on Drum's conning tower.
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 03:53 AM UTC
Here we go! The hull is fully built, sanded and primed! Next I will start drilling out the flood vents and applying the deck PE.



The wooden deck detail in the kit is almost good enough to not use the wood deck in the kit. ( I will still be using the wood deck.)
And the rest of the deck is very nice the only thing i will do is deepen the holes a little more.
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 05:37 AM UTC
Ezra,

I had no interest in this model until you showed us what it can become. Now I want one! And the Lindberg 1/72 I-53.)

Those flak guns look amazing.
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 06:37 AM UTC

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Ezra,

I had no interest in this model until you showed us what it can become. Now I want one! And the Lindberg 1/72 I-53.)

Those flak guns look amazing.

Thanks Fred, oh ya the I-53 looks like a cool kit! If this kit comes out ok im thinking of doing some more 1/72 subs so this is definitely on my build list!
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Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 12:35 PM UTC
a very nice start Ezra
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Posted: Monday, September 14, 2020 - 02:07 AM UTC
Ezra,

I really like the detail on the hull and decking for a Revell kit.

Mark
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Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 07:37 AM UTC
Here we go, the fairwater is fully built and some minor filling and sanding done. It still needs a little more sanding but its almost there. The PE in the kit was a little thick but useable, and the wood deck i think looks very nice.





I also removed the fictional doors from the fairwater sides. They still need a little cleanup.