Clean Sweep Submarines

WIP 5: The stern mould

As you will know by now I like doing things complicated and like designing stuff. Here again I calculated what is the most economic thing to do (as this is not my occupation I don’t give a darn what amount of time I spent doing it):

  • Make the moulds just by pouring a vast amount of silicone into a box or
  • Make the moulds by shaping some modeling board and use a thin jacked of silicone to take the shape of the stern master
  • Both materials are expensive but the most economical was the lather. Ok I admit, I had give it a shot anyway because I liked the challenge of it and it looked like the most fun to do.

    Did it turn out ok?

    Well it was a hell of work, it was challenging, precision was the key. I had to make dowel pins and pockets so the multiple pieces that forms the Articulated mould will fit perfectly together. The master is plain so I needed a core to make things hollow, I made a mould for that too. The master is not provided with an index to take the hull parts I had to take that in the design too. But I think It turned out ok.

    Will it work?

    I don’t know, I will see in a later stage if it works , if it does not.....we had fun anyway.

    Below, dowel pins and pockets (clearance between them is 0.02 mm) I think I made close to 50 pc of them know....and counting.

    VICTOR III Dowel pins and pockets VICTOR III Dowel pins and pockets

    An overview of all the parts of the articulated mould.

    VICTOR III Labelite labeled

    Core mould, with integrated dummy index lips

    VICTOR III Mould core

    Core mould end plate, after casting it will become one with the core and fitted on the mould masters to make the cast of the part hollow.

    VICTOR III Mould core base

    The articulated core mould in different stages of assembly

    VICTOR III Mould core VICTOR III Mould core VICTOR III Mould core

    the articulated master mould assembly

    VICTOR III Mould master VICTOR III Mould master VICTOR III Mould master

    Core mould end plate, after casting it will become one with the caliber and fitted on the mould masters to make the cast of the part hollow.

    VICTOR III Mould base plate

    Base plate fitted to one of the master halves

    VICTOR III Mould master half VICTOR III Mould master half

    Thks & Grtz,
    Bart

    Practical wisdom is the school of experience [Samuel Smiles]