Ohio Class, Ballistic Missile Nuclear Powered Submarine, USS Kentucky SSBN737




Building a stand for your model:

There are of cause several ways to do this, but Ill only give you a few ideas.

1) The simplest stand is two wooden stands looking like forks with two legs each, and with a rim between those legs. This would form a loop that the sub could rest in without scratching the hull.

2) Another stand could be build using some of the tube that was left over when building the main hull. Take a piece that is app. 6 long, and cut it in half along the length axis. Then file the edges clean and nice, and cut a little less than a half circle matching the shape of the subs main hull diameter.  When this is done, mount them on a nice piece of wooden beam, and paint the stand.
The edges would need to be covered in a rubber sealing so the stand will not scratch the sub, and with this done, you have finished a quite stabile and self supported stand.

3) A third and last design that I'll give you, is this. The sub rests in the nylon straps which ensures that the hull is not damaged even if the hull is moved around a little during maintenance or repairs. The structure is build in aluminum, using standard pipes and plastic "crosses" in each corner. The straps are held in place by four plastic closures at the ends of the vertical beams.
The length of the structure ensures a secure fix without the risk of the sub tipping or rolling while seated. The ends will stick out, leaving the hull visible to the spectator, not hidden behind some big and clumsy stand. The materials can be bought at your local hardware store, and are normally used to build tables etc. The below shown measurements are fitted to the Ohio hull in a 1:96 scale, but it can easily be changed to fit any hull that you might have.

This is the stand that I decided to build, as it's not too expensive, pretty easy, serves it's purpose, and even looks ok.

The making:

The sub rests in the nylon straps which ensures that the hull is not damaged even if the hull is moved around a little during maintenance or repairs. The structure is build in aluminum, using standard pipes and plastic "crosses" in each corner. The straps are held in place by four plastic closures at the ends of the vertical beams. The length of the structure ensures a secure fix without the risk of the sub tipping or rolling while seated. The ends will stick out, leaving the hull visible to the spectator, not hidden behind some big and clumsy stand.






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