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Boats from the Dry Docks arrive- VIIC, Nautilus and XXIII

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  • #16
    Forgot this picture. That flack gun is tiny and it has a lot of those microscopic brass parts. Didn't lose one and got them all inplace. Visors help.

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    • #17
      Still a workin on the U-Boat. I'm not use to the Subdrivers as I built many of my own cylinders and used most BigDave RCABS. I do like this concept though. No bladder, pumped and snorted and best of all, no gas!

      It didn't take long to assemble David's new (to me anyway) WTC. Works like a clock when finished and Bob Martin was always there for me to answer my questions via text messaging.

      The build is moving quick and I figured before I went too much further I should assemble the WTC and get it in the boat working.

      I love the fact that the entire forward compartment is battery alone. Nice large ballast tank too. The APC works amazingly well. It can be mounted anywhere even on it's side and it zeros at start up and maintains level throughout.

      Very pleased with this build. Few problems encountered that could be fix easy and all in the kit. Not the WTC.
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      • #18
        Man, that got built up quick, Steve! Great work!

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        • #19
          Thanks Bob. She's a quick build for a VIIC. I got all the systems working fine. Merriman's cylinder installed with ease. Here's a short little video.

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          • #20
            Nice work, Steve.


            Not sure if you were give the planes and rudder full throw on the sticks, but if so, you'll want to adjust or rework your linkages for more deflection. The stock setup from Ark is, for lack of a better term, substandard. You'll need to build your own linkages there. Aim for a minimum of 30 degrees of deflection. It will definitely work as is, but she'll be sluggish.


            Bob

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            • #21
              Originally posted by SubHuman View Post
              Nice work, Steve.


              Not sure if you were give the planes and rudder full throw on the sticks, but if so, you'll want to adjust or rework your linkages for more deflection. The stock setup from Ark is, for lack of a better term, substandard. You'll need to build your own linkages there. Aim for a minimum of 30 degrees of deflection. It will definitely work as is, but she'll be sluggish.


              Bob
              Thanks Bob!

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              • #22
                Hey Steve, very nice work. J
                John Slater

                Sydney Australia

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                Think of that before your buy "cheap" pirated goods or download others work protected by copyright. Theft is theft.



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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Slats View Post
                  Hey Steve, very nice work. J
                  Thank you J!

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                  • #24
                    Getting there!
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                    • #25
                      Looks nice Steve. Like the good old days building again.

                      Darrin

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                      • #26
                        Nice job Steve! As per Darrin, it is great to see the old time craftsmanship is still alive and doing well!

                        Note: I really like your hat!!!:-)

                        Rob

                        "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                        • #27
                          Thanks Rob and Darrin! Yes it is like the good ole days of building. I missed it. The hat is a www.warhats.com authentic reproduction hat of theirs. It was a gift from a few years back. I got two of the flotilla hat pins from U-96 yesterday from them. I realized I had inadvertently did that boat when I painted it. The Sawfish is on the left side of the tower.

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                          • #28
                            I got this new little handheld self contained airbrush to add to my ever growing collection of airbrushes. For 50 buckets this is really nice and perfect for touch up and weathering. You are free from noise and a long hose. The double action I have never got use to but I'm trying now. As a result my attempts to weather this boat are a bit heavy handed for my tastes. I'll be toning this all down as soon as my Vallejo rust kit shows up: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 .

                            She's cleared coated and ready for hot tube trials tomorrow. Ballast and flotation in. WTC tested and no leaks found. Tight as a drum. I'll be shooting video of the timing session for your amusement.

                            ​​​​​​​Got a Type 214 inbound I'll be building for a customer. Due in next week I'll start the Nautilus next in the interim.


                            Airbrush can be had here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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                            • #29
                              Excellent work Steve. What a great size for the 7. Did you get a WTC for the 23 too?

                              D

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                              • #30
                                Darrin thank you. I have an old BigDave RCABS cylinder for it I use in my Skipjack that works great I'll be using for the 23. I'm excited to build the 23 I always loved that boat. But The Nautilus is next because it's a easy quick build and Mary loves the Nautilus.

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