Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:05 pm

The next room in the assembly is the diesel room. Only 1 of the diesels is presented in the model, the real sub would have both a port and starboard engines. The following 7 shows variousw stages in the engine assembly. The total assembly used approx. 115 pieces, of which 42 are in the valve rocker arm assembly. These 4 pics show the block and head assembly, the details of 1 cylinder rocker assemblies, the completed rocker aqssembly from both the rear and front of the engine.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:14 pm

This pic is intended to give the viewer a size perspective. Size matters.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:30 pm

And these two shots show the completed engine from the rear and front views.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Donnie » Mon May 29, 2017 1:29 pm

Its when you place the assembly next to lighter is when the miniaturization really shows. I guess you can only work on this just for so long and it seems that you would get fatigued after awhile. The amount of parts to detail is really something. It's not like they give you the whole assembly (engine) already done.
I also assume that each assembly is packaged in its own bag.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Tue May 30, 2017 8:31 pm

Hi Donnie
To give you an idea of the steps involved in the construction of the diesel engine, I have attached two pages from the build manual. The references to the pieces (eg S19) indicates the frame letter (S - there were 24 frames in the kit) and then part number 19 on that frame. Depending on the assembly, multiple frames may be indicated. Also, there is a separate painting guide in the kit for the various colors involved. All told, the diesel engine is the most complicated build in the kit so far. Yet, the best is yet to come, the painting of the hull which will have to be done by air brushing. More to come.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Wed May 31, 2017 12:35 pm

However the Germans managed to do it, the rocker arm assembly did not have valve covers on the diesels.
If you do a search on 'pictures inside a german U-boat', and follow the first link, there are a bunch of pictures taken inside U-995 (a museum boat). If you scroll down through the pics you will get to a pic of the diesel that looks just like the one in my model - no valve covers.
Also, if you watch the movie "Das Boot" (The Boat) there is a scene wherein a crew member is standing right next to one on the running diesels and all the rocker arms are rocking away in plain sight.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:07 am

Many, many years ago, before Das Boot was released in the US, I happened to get a copy of the original German TV movie. The original movie is over 6 hours long and the version was dubbed in English. When the movie was first released in the US as Das Boot, it was subtitled and did not go over well. It was later re-released as The Boat and dubbed in English. It is hard to watch that movie and not sweat . I just can not imagine actually serving in one of those boats.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:45 pm

This next group of pics shows the assembly of the diesel motor with the other pieces of the diesel room. This first pic shows the pieces that make up the engine room.
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Re: Trumpeter DKM U-Boat Type VIIC U-552

Post by Jim Lauser » Wed Jun 21, 2017 2:48 pm

This pic shows the details of the forward and aft bulkheads of the engine room.
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