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My most recent model built this year. It is a Revell 1/72nd scale US Navy Skipjack class submarine converted for RC using an R&R Engineering twin piston dive module. Skipjacks were in service from 1960 to 1990.
Its 24" long all tins n clocks, totally fictitious boat totally not to scale and the bow is unclipperyfied for a gato! but what the hell im using tinsmithery licence. www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com
She is that. nice job 👍 Bit different from her namesake though 😉 "USS Sea Hawk (SP-2365) was an armed motorboat that served in the United States Navy as a patrol vessel from 1917 to 1919.
Sea Hawk was built in 1917 by Herreshoff Manufacturing Company at Bristol, Rhode Island, as the civilian motorboat Herreshoff No. 319. The U.S. Navy acquired her from Arthur Winslow of Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 October 1917 for World War I service as a patrol boat. She was commissioned as USS Sea Hawk (SP-2365) in December 1917." 😎
Thank you, i genuinely didnt know that,there was a 1958 movie called USS Seahawk but that was deffo a frictional sludgemarine. I was going to call it USS Penguin, but I just couldnt get the nose to look like a chocolate biscuit!
Hi Mactin, there was also a 'Seahawk' in the Star Trek / Wars saga! Shame about USS Penguin, would have been a tasty boat 😉 BTW: penguins are my favourite animal. so funny, or imperious like the Emperor penguins. 👍 Didn't know about the film either, when I think about sub films Operation Petticoat comes to mind! How about doing a pink one!!!?😲 Keep up the great work, Cheers Doug 😎
Hello MBWs U37 is made from 3 recycled Go system butane gas cans, clockwork as usual and about half way through the build. Im also trying to embrace new technology but its not easy because im a Luddite. The boat will end up 22" long and will dynamic dive or surface run. Total build time so far around 40 hours.
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Skipjack class scamp - Posted: 1 year ago by dasbootu47
Converted revell kit Im using an A1 downunder dive dystem Using a bag filling it with water Rattle can base coats then different tones airbrushed over that then brush weathering
hello MBWs A little project im currently working on which may possibly change everything its a non aspirating zero emissions adjacent combustion two stroke submarine propulsion system its self sustaining and its fuel is good old H2O! yes I know you probably think im mental and youre probably right but ive had the test bedder running.
Hi Edward, Its a fine balancing act of electrolysis to hydroide gas, compression then ignition but utillising vacuum formation as an assisting force to the power stroke so effectively making it a one stroke which sounds odd.still in development ive tried turbine,oscillator pistons and hydraulic recoil as end movers but the best seems to be the straight reciprocator. Its scary,how the hell can they tax water??? cheers Neil.
Hi.Excellent boat.Do you have a dive tank fitted and if so what make.? Thank Bill.
U35 clockwork submarine - Posted: 2 years ago by mactin
Hi MBW,s Tinplate clockwork torpedo/submarine propulsion is twin coaxial contra rotating props totally scratch built handmade. Its about half way through the build at the moment just doing the clockwork ballast timer and compressed air system. Cant wait to chuck it in the oggin.
U35... Finally done! 2 Months this one took! 3 Ballast Tanks Clockwork Timer for the compressed air system clockwork motor for the coaxial contra rotating tandem props. Maximum time on the bottom 1 hour. clockwork tinplate submarines are great fun!
Hi, not sure if my hobby is of interest but it keeps me happy. I build tinplate clockwork submarines and boats from recycled tins and busted clocks. They sail and dive its a million miles from all the modern stuff but great fun. Have a look at www.mclarenclockworksubmarines.com cheers neil.
HI Neil, Welcome to the forum, loved your site, and your humor, great work on the subs, how long a run do you get from your clockwork motors? also do they only submerge under power? surfacing once the run down??? Regards Mark
Hi Mark The motor duration depends upon gearing,prop size,submerged mass etc.. but i try to get about 2-3minutes its a balancing act between duration versus torque, but they all dynamic dive and surface when the motor runs down, with the 28"U30 that one can also static dive with its clockwork timed compressed air tank. you can set the timer for 5mins to 2hours then it will blow ballast and surface. glad you like them matey. cheers neil
Hi Dave, honestly mate you can do it easily enough with a bit of messing around and practice,i dont use any presses or machines its all done by hand, get yourself some good sharp scissors,a scriber and a steel rule and some old tin cans. start by just getting flat sheets,practice with paper first and form your shapes, then do exactly the same with tin using your paper as a template. just have a play with it you,ll be surprised at what you can do. cheers neil
hi Mark, I honestly wouldnt know how to go about doing an article but anyone has permission to use any of my site images and commentary. It amazes me just how much gear can be got from stuff people chuck away,im not a mad environmentalist or anything its just that its either dirt cheap or free! really glad you like my stuff. thanks neil