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    That is probably true. The other fact being that American boats have full flying rudders. The Russian rudders are smaller in area in comparison, as well.
    Regards,

    Matt

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    An update....
    I have had the Akula sitting on my kitchen table since I last ran it.
    I have not been working on any projects except trying to get well.
    All of June and in to July, I have had a fever that the doctors and their testing can not find a cause for.
    Included 3 separate days at the hospital.
    Did a lot of sleeping.

    Anyway, it appears the fever broke last Friday afternoon.
    Now I need to build up strength.

    Now about the boat sitting on the kitchen table.
    I had taken the time to put 1/64" tape showing the location of the side sensors.
    I was not sure I want toed to tackle the bow marks.
    Well, having had time to look at the boat. . . . a lot this past month, I have decided I will attempt to put the bow marks on as soon as my hands are a little more steady.
    The boat just looks incomplete with side marks but no bow marks.
    I still do not have draft marks.
    Did not feel much like ordering them while I was down.

    Being sick was not fun but the timing was good.
    I couldn't work outside with the weather this past few weeks being over 100F outside and about 115F+ in the shop.
    Still over 105F now but I can work on the bow lines while the boat is on the kitchen table.
    Just got to go out to the shop for a few tools.

    I am much better now.
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    Ralph,
    Glad you are getting better!
    Look forward to seeing you in August.
    Peace,
    Tom
    If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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    Quick up date.
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    All hospital test negative. Doctors say I am good but they don't know why I had a fever for 34 days.
    Today, is 4 good days.
    In fact this morning, I changed out the master and slave clutch cylinders.
    Looks like the slave was failing but I changed both.
    Total time was 1 hour.

    Now for the good part, the shake in my hands has gone so I can proceed with putting the marks on the bow of the AKula II.
    I have cleared off the kitchen table and just need a couple of tools from the shop.
    Tomorrow morning, I start on the marks.
    I will take progress photos to post.

    All good and getting better here.
    SSBN 598 - blue/nuke trained IC/forward

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    That is very strange and a bit scary to be sick for that long of a period and they had no idea what it was? Glad you're all better, Ralph!
    Regards,

    Matt

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    A sort of long flu...
    The most important thing is that you are better now. Back in business !

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    Was not like the flu. Just a hot fever, hanging around 100.7F to 101F.
    Spend a lot of time under a cold shower and sitting in a bath tub full of room temp water.
    I know having a temperature for a long time can damage the hearth.
    I did my best to keep my body temp down.
    Tests say I did the right thing and avoided the heart issues. ;^)
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    After I get the marks on the Akula II, I have plans to do a small modification to the Skipjack ballast retaining tank.
    It is too small and when the ballast balloon is filled, the safety tank puts pressure on the ballast balloon and restricts the filling and has actually cause water to back through the roller pump.
    I have room so my plan is to extend the safety tank 2".
    May require moving some fix lead ballast weights.
    Not a problem.
    My weights are held in place with a couple of drops of silicone glues so they can be removed if need be.

    Next run is Aug 12 & 13.
    Both boats will be ready.
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    Finally feel well enough to do a little more work on the Akula II.

    I decided to put the bow sonar location lines on.
    So, here I go.

    Boat on the kitchen table before I start applying lines.


    Having applied the first lower line.
    I have not yet trimmed the line or cut out the two vent locations.
    The vent locations are incorrect, so I will have to just make do and try to make the lines look correct.


    Top line applied.
    Looking at several photos, I found that the two lines are not parallel at the front of the bow.
    They are level but due to the curve of the bow, the two lines get a little farther apart.
    If you were at the water line and looked at the two lines they would look parallel.


    The lines are not exactly straight but from 5 feet away, it doesn't matter.
    After all the diagonal lines are put on, it will be hard to tell.
    I can do some adjusting as I put the diagonal lines in place.
    Remember these lines are made with 1/64" white tape.

    I need to go to town this morning.
    I will continue when I get back.
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    A little more progress.
    Measured and cut out the two locations where the vents should be.


    I did the Port side and have started the Starboard side.


    Port side, not yet trimmed.


    Once I get the Starboard side done, I need to remove the lines over the bow doors.
    I think I can just make a single cut and push the tape down in to the grooves of the doors.
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    Finished the Starboard side around the vents locations.

    I guess it is time to work my way around the bow.
    I cut the pieces one at a time and place them using the Exacto knife.
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