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Re: S.L.C. "Maiale" 1/35 man-driven torpedo
« Reply #15 on: 26 Apr , 2015, 10:07 »
..and it looks REALLY AWESOME, Glenn! Aluminium is a material i am pretty used to work with, comes in different thickness (roll of foil/baking tins/cans) and it's easily available in supermarkets/relatively inexpensive, plus it never oxidises.
Excellent choice, am happy i've helped somehow!
Keep-up the excellent work, standing-by for new updates
SG
 
PS am gonna hunt for those compressed air bottles details


Addendum: just found this picture:
http://www.google.it/imgres?imgurl=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fb/0950_-_Taormina_-_Sottomarino_Maiale_alla_Villa_Comunale_-_Foto_G._DallOrto,_30_Sept-2006.jpg/800px-0950_-_Taormina_-_Sottomarino_Maiale_alla_Villa_Comunale_-_Foto_G._DallOrto,_30_Sept-2006.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.clanitak.altervista.org/viewtopic.php?f%3D62%26t%3D7028&h=600&w=800&tbnid=2bELO9BtZYVmYM:&zoom=1&docid=gG7S5kjiWXxCFM&ei=5w49VYXaL8S5UZO2hJgB&tbm=isch&ved=0CEcQMyggMCA
in which there's an apparent connection at the back of the cylinders, and a video showing a differently-shaped single container with no aft connections but a bolted butt (1:19 min) and possibly some anterior connection (1:16 min). Great video, it shows the control panel very well. I suspect the video wasn't made by italian navy personnel (probably filmed by the british) and this could explain the different shape of the air bottle and its unicity (instead of the standard number of two). All the five (there could be more) maiale still preserved in italy that i know of sport air cylinders shaped like the ones in the italaeri kit.   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyPy-5R61_c
a rare picture of a SLC in action: no apparent aft connections to the cylinders
http://www.google.it/imgres?imgurl=http://www.tauromodel.it/immagini/Foto/D003B.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.tauromodel.it/italiano/D003.htm&h=330&w=472&tbnid=i4MOdSiVzwljaM:&zoom=1&docid=Vv19aZql_q9OnM&ei=ixQ9VfCNAoqAU76ugegN&tbm=isch&ved=0CA4QMygGMAY4ZA
more close-ups from the SLC at the museo della scienza in Milano:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/7437400/tags/Second%20world%20war?photo_page=3
http://www.museoscienza.org/dipartimenti/catalogo_collezioni/scheda_oggetto.asp?idk_in=ST120-00463&arg=carica
and finally (roll of drums), you gonna love this  -The Maiale Walkaround- no more secrets, God bless the chap that made it!
http://www.primeportal.net/naval/gaetano_pisano/slc-200/
Cheers!
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Re: S.L.C. "Maiale" 1/35 man-driven torpedo
« Reply #16 on: 26 Apr , 2015, 11:01 »
Wonderful video, thanks!

On that picture of the SLC sitting in a courtyard, it looks like they simplified it & prettied it up for public display.   I cannot see airtank hoses going into the torpedo body like they show... I think they just mocked up something that looked good.  :)    I will add some rudimentary fittings on my airtanks, though.
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« Reply #17 on: 26 Apr , 2015, 11:38 »
Glenn, don't miss the last link i posted, that walkaround's a real treasure!

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« Reply #18 on: 26 Apr , 2015, 12:29 »
Woot woot!    Many thanks for those!
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« Reply #19 on: 23 May , 2015, 08:51 »
Glenn, just in case you decide to add two Uomini Gamma to the SLC, these are the best around for sure. Beautifully sculpted and faithful to reality.

http://www.u-models.com/UM060.htm

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« Reply #20 on: 26 May , 2015, 08:38 »
Thanks, SG... though I usually do not add figures to these.    Good to have the link, though!
I'd like to see a 1/35 figure small enough to fit inside the Neger model... I really think the hatch size is too small.
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Re: S.L.C. "Maiale" 1/35 man-driven torpedo
« Reply #21 on: 08 Jun , 2015, 09:33 »
Down to the short strokes on the Maiale model.    Last 4 pics in the photo album show the results of this weekend's build session.

Principle construction is essentially completed, with only 2 small shield brackets to be fabricated & installed. 
Then: painting the cockpit area behind the shield, installing the shield, overall painting & weathering, add the cabling... et voila she will be DONE.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152547472727127.1073741867.549717126&type=1&l=d4e44f17d7
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« Reply #22 on: 12 Jun , 2015, 09:39 »
What an Outstanding work Glenn!  Congrats, seems that every little detail has been taken care of. Wonderfully built and superdetailed!. Standing-by for the painting/weathering phase. I hope you choose that matt greenish-fieldgray finish sported by the SLC preserved at the museo della scienza in milan. Supercool!
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« Reply #23 on: 14 Jun , 2015, 11:16 »
What an Outstanding work Glenn!  Congrats, seems that every little detail has been taken care of. Wonderfully built and superdetailed!. Standing-by for the painting/weathering phase. I hope you choose that matt greenish-fieldgray finish sported by the SLC preserved at the museo della scienza in milan. Supercool!


I was considering painting it a dark gray (nearly black) that the artwork/pics originally showed... but may reconsider.

Do you know the FS number for that particular colour you mention, SG?
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« Reply #24 on: 23 Sep , 2015, 09:14 »

Glenn, I apologize for the belated reply: I had completely missed that, I hope it's not too late for some tips
The SLCs were usually finished in two basic colours: black and dark green (I'd presume Regia Marina's antifouling green paint was used for practical reasons -i.e. readily avaiable in large stocks- but i am not 100% sure of it). It's very difficult to give you a precise information about the real colours. Anyway, the brand Model Victoria suggests a basecoat of Humbrol Black Green 91 for its SLC kit. I have checked some italian forums with outstanding navy modellers such as Luciano Rizzato (who posted some great pictures of his "Maiale" on his website http://www.navymodeling.com): some modellers have tried a base of Humbrol 91, highlighted with Humbrol 149. Some others used Humbrol 77 as a basecoat. An interesting idea would be using the classic pattern that Francois Verlinden used to render the german field gray which is:
Base: slate gray 31+ black 33;
Drybrush: base+white 34+ french artillery green 179
Wash: base + black or raw umber
Final Highlight: french artillery green 179 + touch of grass green 80   
But i don't know if this finish is way too gray for a maiale. It Would resemble the "maiale" preserved in Milan's museum though.
The alternative is using the classic Lifecolor UA617 Antifouling Dark Green from LC's Regia Marina original color range which is probably the best choice + playing with highlights and shades.


By the way what's the state of the build right now?
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Re: S.L.C. "Maiale" 1/35 man-driven torpedo
« Reply #25 on: 22 Oct , 2015, 12:04 »
By the way what's the state of the build right now?

Thanks for the info, SG.   :)

I finished the build in early September, and entered my Maiale in CAPCON 2015 where it won 2nd in its category.
Here is the album:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152547472727127.1073741867.549717126&type=1&l=d4e44f17d7
I made my own custom shade of dark metallic green using Mr. Color 123 Dark Green + 28 Steel, and for the first time used oil paints for weathering & shading.
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Re: S.L.C. "Maiale" 1/35 man-driven torpedo
« Reply #26 on: 22 Oct , 2015, 13:23 »
Hi Glenn,


That is a fine pair (the X craft as well) to add to your collection.


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« Reply #27 on: 22 Oct , 2015, 14:46 »
Congratulations Glenn!
One of the most convincing maiale models ever seen! Very realistic, I love the worn-out final look.
Excellent result, Bravissimo!
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