Sunday, May 31, 2009
TSR 41 for Freedom Tribute Submarine
My brother an I have been throwing around the idea of building a large scale model of a sub just to see if we could do it. Plus we would have the added benefit of showing it in local parades or other community and educational venues.
We knew we would need a trailer to mount the sub and to transport it, which was the big hang up. So we put off the idea for along time due to no trailer. Well low and behold, my brother found a good deal for floor tile for his house in which a trailer came with the tile for free. So since we now have a trailer, might as well start building a submarine.
I recruited my neighbor who also has a great talent for fabrication to give us a hand. So the shipyard staff stands as my brother and neighbor as fabricators and I am pretending to be a design engineer of sorts. I have no fabrication or artsy talent at all, so really I am more or less like the expert that is on the side lines of a submarine movie set.. "Yea that looks pretty close to how it was." and I also make beer and materials runs too. I did get my hard hat from the yards from when I was decommissioning the USS H. L. Stimson. Sort of makes me feel like I'm important and fake being in charge of the whole operation.
We are attempting to build a 15 foot model of my first submarine the USS U.S. Grant but it will be a tribute to all the 41 for freedom missile boats. Depending on funding we will try to incorporate as many gadgets and functionality as we can, such as a operable rudder and stern and fair water planes, a few scopes and and at least one operable missile hatch.
The trailer does need a full refurb job, but it will be modified and rebuilt for the sub model in which we will incorporate displays and other submarine memorabilia around the trailer to create a mobile submarine museum more or less.
Anyone that would like to help out and sponsor the project can have their name on the side of the display trailer for a minimum $20.00 donation to TheSubReport.com. If you are former submariner or any other branch of service we can include your former rate/rank or any other salutation with your sponsor name.
I will continue to post photos of our progress and we are opened to any ideas or helpful comments. If you live local to Florida Brevard county area and have some ideas or materials or just want to stop by for a look, please email me through TheSubReport.com website.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Friday, May 1, 2009
My first Job out of the Navy was contracting as a Field Rep. for NEC America doing test and turn up on Sonet ADM equipment for multiple telcom companies around the country. Most of these telecommunication switch rooms are located in high rise buildings in all of our major cities.
The phone company technician or manager that would be assigned to me would always insist on a tour of the facility which usually included a elevator ride to the top of the building.
One problem.... I hate heights and have a odd phobia of elevators. So to be a good Representative of the company I would just suck it up and sweat it out as they insist on I taking a look over the edge to see how high up we were.
Most people don't understand my phobia, since I am a submariner who is completely at ease at test depth, which common folk consider dangerous. People don't realize that they are exposed to a lot of danger in there daily lives, like driving and flying which the danger is lessened by training, safety standards and proper operation. The danger of diving underwater on a submarine is mitigated by pretty much the same principals. Since a very small percentage of the population every get to experience a submarine ride, the thought of someone doing it for living is to much to comprehend.
I contribute some of my fears and phobias to the control factor. I feel I can control my fate on a submarine because I am a qualified participant and operator. For instance I dislike flying as well, but I would love to be a pilot. If I was properly trained and piloting the airplane, I would be more comfortable and enjoy the experience of flight because I am now in control of my fate.
Well back to the whole reason of today's entry, if you attended Great Lakes RTC for Boot Camp, there is a good chance you might have run down to Chicago after graduation and toured the Sears Tower.
The Sears Tower one of the tallest buildings in the world is a breath taking experience if you like heights. I remember taking the fast turbo elevator ride, which I despised all the way to the top with a few of my new shipmates from boot camp and slowly going to the edge to look down over the city of people ants. Now they have built a glass bottom observation deck to walk out on and look down to get the full experience of falling from a 103 stories up. I'm sure adrenaline junkies will love this, but I think I will pass and stick with the scary world of the deep.
Sears Tower to open glass-bottom Skydeck in June
Here is Another one I might have a problem with too...Tourists walk on the glass-bottomed Skywalk that extends 70 feet over the edge of Grand Canyon West's Eagle Point in northwestern Arizona
Sure hope the glass holds, thats one heck of a last step.
"Hey little Jimmy, put down those rocks! What have I told you about throwing rocks on the glass skywalk!".