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Revell Skipjack and salt water exposure

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  • Revell Skipjack and salt water exposure

    My research group at UVA is looking for a RC sub for use in a salt water pool. The Revell Skipjack and conversion kits from Caswell look like a good option for our work. I was hoping someone with experience with this model can provide details about the speed and turning radius or any potential issues with salt exposure. I have zero experience with running or building RC models so any advice or other recommendations would be appreciated. I assume I need to purchase:

    Revell Skipjack Model, Sub-Driver & Fittings Kit
    The Revel Skipjack Electronics Kit:
    BT50 2 x Micro Servos @ $8 each
    ESCMN 1 x Nano Speed Controller $29.00
    AK1 1 x ADF Pitch Controller and Failsafe $79.00
    SL675 1 x Nano Radio Receiver 75mhz with crystal $38.00
    KSE002-LPG 1 x LiPo Guard Battery Saver $49.95
    V800 1 x 800 Mah LiPo Battery $18.00
    VC1 1 x Battery Charger For 7.2V Batteries $23.00

    Anything I may be overlooking? Thanks

  • #2
    Originally posted by CEberhardt View Post
    any potential issues with salt exposure.
    Salt water attenuates or limits the transmission of radio waves. You will have a hard time controlling your sub. Unless you'll be running your model at periscope depth all the time with the receiver antennae sticking out of the water ( inside scale mast).
    Make it simple, make strong, make it work!


    • #3

      Would it be possible to add a wire antenna connected to a small float (eg fishing float) that the sub tows.