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Engel Type IXD2 First commission build

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  • #31
    I got the rudders installed, stern planes, bow planes, drive shafts and support rods. I still need to add fillets and blend it all in. I also have the main center Plexiglass hatch made and working on the backing frames for the smaller hatch openings. It's progressing rapidly at this point. I used modeling clay to seal around the tubes to glue them in with Starbond black CA. Worked great!

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    • #32
      The lower hull work is done. Did some fill work with Evercoat Rage filler and added some 3D printed vent grills. It is getting close to being ready for paint. I need to make some gaskets, secure the middle deck and work on laying out the electronics next.

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      • #33
        Nice progress and super clean work. Bravo!

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        • #34
          Originally posted by tifosi12 View Post
          Nice progress and super clean work. Bravo!
          Thank you kind sir.

          I got the gaskets made for the middle deck hatches and the bolts to secure the upper deck to the lower deck are installed. The middle deck is still not secured yet but the seam between upper and lower decks is actually not bad. I also feathered in the styrene decking to the upper hull with some Evercoat Rage filler and added the final detail bits to the deck including an anchor light. Try as I might and even with good alignment I was just not happy with how the brushed motors secured and connected to the drive shafts. As a result, there was too much drag in the system to be reliable so after talking it over with David we decided to go with a set of the Engel 500kV brushless motors connected directly instead of the stock geared setup. This thing is very close to being ready for paint and it is looking really good.

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          • #35
            Painting underway...

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            • #36
              The base painting is done and she looks really good so far. Not much left to do. I am planning to have it ready by SubFest. The next task will be to design and print a mount for the brushless motors.

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              • #37
                This project is nearing completion. All of the electronics are functional with the radio and the middle deck is installed. I am weathering it now and then it is time for pressure testing and trimming. Overall it has taken me about 3 months to put it together and has been a huge opportunity to grow my knowledge and skills.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
                  This project is nearing completion. All of the electronics are functional with the radio and the middle deck is installed. I am weathering it now and then it is time for pressure testing and trimming. Overall it has taken me about 3 months to put it together and has been a huge opportunity to grow my knowledge and skills.

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                  Steve,

                  That boat will be a real hit at the SubFest for sure! I really enjoy following all your builds Steve!

                  Rob
                  "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                  • #39
                    Thanks Rob. Weathering is done. A light coat of clear matte tamed the rust making it look better. Next up is pressure testing.

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                    • #40
                      Pressure testing for leaks...

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                      • #41
                        Beautiful, Steve! Well done, sir. And a wonderful looking venue to play in as well. See you in a few days, pal.

                        David
                        Resident Luddite

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post
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                          Another masterful build Steve!

                          This hobby seems to be such a wonderful fit for you! Everything you do is pushing perfection! Sorry if I am getting a little overboard with the compliments, but in my opinion when they are due they should be expressed! Excellent work Steve!

                          That boat will be a show stopper at SubFest for sure! And it sounds like you guys are in for a whole lot of fun, and for some great memorable times! Wish I could be there!!!

                          Rob
                          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                          • #43
                            Well done!

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                            • #44
                              Thanks guys! David managed to find a 1/48th Focke-Achgelis Fa 330 gyrocopter model for static display. I have never seen the level of detail in a model like this. It is testing the limits of my abilities.

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                              It will make a nice display piece when done.

                              The sub is completely done. I had to do a few minor adjustments to the placement of the weight in the hull to get the trim just right but it is ready to go.

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                              • #45
                                Excellent work!
                                The Gyro will be a nice display touch!
                                If you can cut, drill, saw, hit things and swear a lot, you're well on the way to building a working model sub.

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