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New 1/25 BK1125 Bronkater
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Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2008 - 01:58 AM UTC
Ahoy mates!

Crewmate Charles Miller stops by the news room with big news on a big subject. Check it out.

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If you have comments or questions please post them here.

Thanks!
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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 12:39 PM UTC
Thanks for the post. I've been getting word out on Steve's kit to the community to help him start up his new line. He has some very interesting ideas planned for other kits once this one this completed & in production. As a fellow , I'm excited see him take on the hobby establishment with subjects that rarely would have the chance of being developed into a kit.

For those interested in the kit, he's taking pre-orders now at: www.subpirateshobbies.com. There are several dealers interested in carrying the kit once he gets it into mass production so stay tuned.

Steve announced yesterday he's going to hold a raffle to help kick off his new BK1125 Bronkater Tank Ship with the lucky winner getting one of the first kits. He's a one man operation & thought this may be a nice way to build up added interest as well as raise funds to help offset his initial production start-up cost. Raffle costs only $10 & you can buy as many entries as you'd like before it closes on July 27. Contact Steve at SubPirates for more information on how to get in on this unique chance to own a great kit.

Here are a few examples of what to expect.

Chuck












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herrmill
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Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008 - 11:43 AM UTC
Steve wasn't happy with the initial pulls off the mold & amount of repair work needed so has decided not to offer the kit at this time. However, that doesn't mean a kit won't be offered in the future; it just won't be be a a hand layup from him.

He's currently making one for himself & one for Dave Welch, while I assist him in locating a suitable FRP vendor to handle his hull & deck production. There is plenty of interest in the kit & Steve is planning to take it forward in a way that makes sense for him while offering the best quality to his customer.

You can follow his progress on his build thread over at SubPirates & expect see its maiden voyage at Hansen Dam very soon.

As they say in TV land... stay tuned.
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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 - 01:23 PM UTC
Here are a few more photos of Steve's work as comes close to finishing his prototype build.

Chuck












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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008 - 01:55 PM UTC
Nice looking prototype, love the detail and the overall look of this one...will be a great R/C subject, for sure...tough break with the first mold, good luck with locating a manufacturer to help you out!

Thanks for sharing the news and updates, Charles...
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Posted: Sunday, July 13, 2008 - 03:35 PM UTC
Steve's finished for now & ready for the water. Main turret rotates & he's already thinking of future mods including working MG turrets along with heavier weathering & rust. Being a prototype, he plans on making some adjustments with the kit including more brass & metal parts once the hull goes into production.

The beauty of this subject is the amount of customizing one can do as shown by another photo of the real thing to show that the Bronkater carried whatever guns were available at the time.

For anyone interested in a future kit, feel free to contact Steve so he add you to the list.

Chuck