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U Boote in Texas

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  • U Boote in Texas

    This build thread will cover three boats here in San Angelo Texas. We will be restoring a Robbe Type XXI, and building a Robbe Type VII, and Bronco Type XXIII. Working on these boats will be myself and my clubmate Carl Malone. All boats will be "standoff" scale with effort made to as closely resemble the prototype as possible in a good running and robust model.(no rivet counters please) All three will utilize parts from Wikinger Modellbau and Maximus Modellbau, as well as the excellent type XXIII fittings set from Nautilus Drydock. Pics to follow ASAP

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    I would like to post pictures, but it would appear I am not authorized. This will be a very boring build thread.


    • #3

      Why not? Is it just a matter of getting permission from the forum administrator? Something else?

      Pity, I was looking forward to seeing your U-47.

      ''We're after men, and I wish to God I was with them........!''


      • #4
        Stephen, when you registered, you didn't click on the confirmation email that was sent. I just manually added you to the roster of registered users, so in theory you should be good to go now. Let me know if you have any issues!



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          Thanks Bob. Knew it had to be something I missed.


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ID:	128718 Pictured are the three towers. The Type VII will be the early VIIc version , the XXI will be the USN version and the XXIII will be U- Hai. Carl will be taking over the XXI and I am building the other two with my Stepson Logan Click image for larger version

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ID:	128765 A few more shots of the towers, plus I picked up this 8.8 in 1/40 scale from Shapeways. Itís a very nice peace , though I will need to replace some bits with brass wire. Click image for larger version

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                Last edited by Stephen Vick; 12-09-2018, 10:56 PM.


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                  One can see in the pics, that the tech rack is empty. The plan is to install the Maximus Modellbau bladder style ballast tank. Three High torque mini servos for; rudder, stern planes, and bow planes and two Graupner Speed 500 brushless motors, which will be geared down 3 to 1. The Graupner brushless motors are low speed high torque, unlike most brushless motors. I am undecided on either a 7.2 or 11 volt battery setup. Whatever fits best with the max amps, for a long run time. I am open to suggestions.