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Searcher (Nimbus2) - Posted: 8 days ago by rpbidgood
"Searcher" was a Graham Goodchild design offered as a free plan in "Model Boats" in December 1981. Here is my version , many years in the building and finally nearing completion. Access to the hull on the original design was via a hatch above the cockpit - I had no faith in my ability to make it water tight so went for removable grp. hatches. The model is activated by a reed switch just in front of the rear hatch, which saves me the hassle of doing/undoing all the nuts (this had not been fitted when I took the first picture). The rear hatch gives me easier access to the drive coupling. The name "Nimbus2" is in honour of one of Dan Dare's spaceships in the Eagle comic. The third picture shows the ship in its final state with added 'enhancements' and working lights.

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USS Snook - Posted: 6 months ago by JeremyBB
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.

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USS Seahawk - Posted: 1 year ago by mactin
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

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Response by mactin on the 6th Oct 2017
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!
Response by RNinMunich on the 6th Oct 2017
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 😎
Response by RNinMunich on the 6th Oct 2017
PS: USS Enterprise, CVN 65, 'played' the part of USS Seahawk in the CAG TV series! 😎

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U37 - Posted: 1 year ago by mactin
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

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U47. - Posted: 2 years ago by Scratchbuilder
U47 back on patrol after winter refit.Not without a few problems with the dive tank !!!!!.
Robbe U47.Scale 1/40.

Also Revell 1/72 USS Gato takes a dip.(surface only).
Thanks for looking.

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Response by John on the 8th May 2017
Looks good. I like the paint job you have done.
Response by Scratchbuilder on the 8th May 2017
Many thanks.Always trying to improve this skill.Real rust from nails left in water for ever I find the best then painted in satin varnish.Bill.
Response by John on the 8th May 2017
A very effective method I will give it a try.
Thanks,
John.

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STINGRAY - Posted: 2 years ago by RETSUB12
SCRATCH BUILT IN FIBRE GLASS IN 1995 FROM THE TV FILMS🤓

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Response by John on the 30th Apr 2017
I want one!

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X System - Posted: 2 years ago by mactin
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.

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Response by cenbeth on the 22nd Mar 2017
Hi
How does this work?
Edward
Response by mactin on the 22nd Mar 2017
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.
Response by figtree7nts on the 22nd Mar 2017
Hi Awesome engine, You better get it patented!

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German type 7 - Posted: 2 years ago by dasbootu47
Was a krick boat but extended 3.5 cm Coningsby tower rebuilt wash ports cut in

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Response by Scratchbuilder on the 9th May 2017
Hi.Excellent boat.Do you have a dive tank fitted and if so what make.?
Thank Bill.

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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.

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Response by xtramaths on the 10th Dec 2016
Nice engineering, have you looked at straight air tools for gearboxes? plenty of those around in your area perhaps.
Response by mactin on the 20th Jan 2017
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!


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