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Newbie radio control question by Haverlock Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 11 days ago
one is tempted to point out submarines do go down and some times even come back up!

LED Tug Mast Navigation Lights by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 15 days ago
Evenin' Both, Pete, you're right about the hatch, in the instructions (or mine at least with the old 40MHz version) they warn you to leave the hatch loose when not using the boat. Otherwise it sticks to the foam gasket. Just like yours did 😉 During the upgrade of my 40MHz Southampton I will remove that over-engineered catch and use neodymium magnets in the corners instead. That gives more 'headroom' to fit a decent sized NiMh battery underneath 😊 And yes there are 3 different versions of this boat, whereby Richardson and Southampton are identical apart from name and 'paint job'. 27 and 40 MHz with no frills and the modern 2.4GHz version with bells and whistles. Well, lights and smoke anyway 😊 Makes a change from Smoke and Mirrors eh? 😁 So between the 3 of us we represent all 3 generations!!! According to my manual the foam is there to absorb moisture that might ingress through stuffing tubes or hatches so full marks to Pete 👍 Re different RC frequencies, as a ex Radio and naval COMMS engineer: 27MHz and 40MHz have inherently longer range and better water penetration, which is why I still have such sets for my submarines. 2.4GHz is strictly Line of Sight only, which is one reason why they first gained popularity with the 'Fly Boys'. 2.4Gig waves also bounce off water or are absorbed by it, so it's useless for subs😭 The other reason is that they use a frequency hopping (FH) technique which makes them virtually immune to interference 😊 Although I have yet to find a set that hops over the full 85 frequencies available. Most seem to only use 16 or so🤔 Limited bandwidth at the RX !? As with all FH radio systems 2.4Gig RC sets also use a binding technique so that the RX recognises the 'signature', i.e- hop sequence, of it's own TX and ignores others. Mostly anyway 😉 Here endeth the 99th Epistle of Admiral Doug 😁 Main thing is, enjoy the 'fiddlin aboot' and even more so the sailing, as my German colleagues say; "I wish you always a hand's breadth of water under your keel". Cheers Doug 😎

U42. by mactin Commander   Posted: 30 days ago
Ahoy mateys, U42. aka an old Cadburys Roses tin. This is what happens when Gerry Andersons Stingray meets Harper Goffs Nautilus!

getting a bit slow?... by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
Good ol' Martin, you haven't changed a bit have you? But then why should we at our age? Just as forth(or fifth?)right as ever😉 Was mildly surprised to see you pop up again a year after you so explicitly and expressively announced your departure! Getting bored? What might seem "utterly stupid and pointless" to you, as a lifetime professional model builder, is a very satisfying and maybe only possible way for many of us to enjoy this hobby. Is it really necessary to denigrate kit builders in this insulting manner? Some of us do a mixture of scratch and kit building, sometimes for the fun of building, sometimes for convenience / speed, as a a fill-in JFF job during a bigger build project, or because the scale is smaller than the 'small scale' of 1/48th you mention. I.e. working models at 1:350 or 1:400. Even then we fiddle about with embellishments such as photo etch, which itself demands certain skills. Even kits demand certain skills, especially the larger more complex ones. My next 'average' kit build will be a 1metre Akula II Russian submarine with diving tank for static diving. Utterly stupid and pointless but a great challenge and ultimately great fun I hope, with a built in mini video camera. A way down the line as other wooden boat restoration projects are still on the slipway, but something new to try. Maybe you should do that sometime? Have fun with your dogs. Viele Grüße aus München, Doug 😎 Oh! and QEND - Quad erat non demonstrandum! BTW: nice work on the Vanity woodwork, thought you had her finished long ago though. Did you ever get your old Taycols out of your son's loft?

Our boating water by reilly4 Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
Hi Boatshed, Fortunately my submarines and I are safely on the other side of the planet. I agree with Doug. Communication and common sense are essential to happy sailing. 😎 However, a colleague of mine that sails his subs in close proximity to others including out of control yachts, feels the need for a sign. It severely detracts from the realism of the model and has still been run into. Perhaps a 'muppet' flag on 'power boats' will make them obvious and enable local submariners to dive to safety.

Our boating water by BOATSHED Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 1 month ago
reilly4, this is one thing that always bothered me when I saw someone with a submarine on the pond where I was running mt power boat. If you say you have a piano wire antenna , why not have a flag on the top of the antenna so that you can see where it is going on the pond. I have taken my boat of the pond when someone has pot a submarine in the pond. It is a worrying thing in case I wipe the sub out.

Our boating water by reilly4 Captain   Posted: 1 month ago
An anecdote. My HMS Triumph submarine has a piano wire antenna with the periscopes (not the working antenna) bent to a diamond shaped tip (for safety). A few years ago in the same venue as my previous post above, HMS Triumph was submerged and heading roughly towards the jetty. Hard to know exactly where. I decided to surface to be safe. At the same time three large swans were gliding along gracefully in the vicinity. Suddenly one of the large swans went vertically upwards about two or three feet with his large wingspan fully well extended. The sub's antenna has come up right under his bottom and given him the surprise of his life. The sub surfaced after a few more seconds directly under where he was. It may have got kicked down in the scramble. No damage to either but for the few of us watching it was hilarious. No video unfortunately or it may have gone viral.

SCHERSEN P 206 by Inkoust Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Russian Submarine Fighter - Project 206, two MIG 600 motors and two NiCd 3000mA batteries. excellent driving characteristics. Driven on the blind arm of the Vltava river in Prague

Its Spring again! by mactin Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Ahoy Mateys, U41 with a triple spring clockwork motor Ive designed, the hull is made from a tin of deluxe continental chocolate biscuits (available from Aldi £1.99) I think there ex Christmas stock!

U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine. by jugge Lieutenant   Posted: 3 months ago
Fantastic welldone

U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine. by mactin Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Haha, not 20 feet down mate! 20 feet along, it dives to about 8 inches then when the motor runs down it surfaces. Ive had a look at the electronic wizzardry you guys make its incredible and way beyond me.Hats off to you all! brilliant stuff!

U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine. by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 3 months ago
Magnificent, beautiful work, as ever👍 Do you ever sleep??? 20ft? How do you know? Did you follow it down with a tape measure? 😁 My Akula sub has a big tank and about half a pound of electronics in it to control the diving 😉 I will set it to max 2m (6 feet or so)! Happy Tin Bashing, cheers Doug 😎

U40 Tinplate clockwork submarine. by mactin Commander   Posted: 3 months ago
Designed and hand built from scratch in three weeks (including the clockwork motor). Its only 11" long equipped with a 20ml trim tank midships,it can run on the surface or dive for about 20 feet.The hull is made from recycled tin cans hand beaten and wheeled smoothish in three parts.

Aerokits Patrol Torpedo Boat by RNinMunich Fleet Admiral!   Posted: 4 months ago
Hi Peter, Only those who don't know better laugh!😉 I suppose you mean ESC (Electronic Speed Controller)! What radio gear do you have? FYI: I still have an old (25 years) 40MHz set for my submarines, 2.4GHz don't like going under the wet stuff, it turns it's toes up, wrinkles it's nose and whizzes off into the sky 🤔 Also a pair of ancient 'standard' servos in the Type 1A U-Boat. See pic. I also have an even more ancient (35 years!) 35MHz set I'm going to use with my Catalina flying boat. They both still work great so why dump 'em? Look forward to the 20mm pic, I could use some, but ONLY if the guns are movable! Carry on Modelling, cheers Doug 😎

Bournville Submarine Day by Aquaflite Lieutenant   Posted: 5 months ago
Event open to all to show off and sail their model Submarines, Tea Coffee and refreshments available. Disabled Access. 10am till 1800hrs. For more info contact Rob 07714517445