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  • #76
    Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post
    I am ready to start another 3D Printing project! I have an old Albacore Boat that purchased from Nautilus Drydocks (Bob Martin) I have taken out all the old electronics that where in fairly good shape, but the ballast tank had some cracks and the WTC was warped and leaked very bad. I will use as much of the old electronics and the propulsion motor to keep it as close to original as possible.

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    The hull seems to be ABS plastic and in good shape. What I am going to do is design and fabricate another 3D Printed 3.5" WTC/SD and adapted the old electronics and the motor to the new WTC. I have decided to make this Albacore a dynamic diver! This will be another step closer to a full static diving sub for me!

    Rob

    "Firemen can stand the heat"
    I have a bunch of proper parts to help you along with that hull, Rob. I assume you're going to assemble this thing as the ALBACORE, phase-2?

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    "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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    • #77
      Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post

      I have a bunch of proper parts to help you along with that hull, Rob. I assume you're going to assemble this thing as the ALBACORE, phase-2?

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      The Albacore that I am rebuilding is the same as the photos above. The only change I am making is it will not be a static diver! I am going to use all the old existing electronics and motor that came with this boat. I will keep it as close to what the original boat looked like as possible. Thanks David! The parts you have seem to be the same way the boat is already built at this point.

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      The only changes I am making to this boat is the WTC that I will 3D fabricate to replace the old warped and crack compartment that came with the boat, and in place of a static diver it will be a dynamic diver.

      Rob

      "Firemen can stand the heat"

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      • #78
        Very good. A most interesting lease-on-a-new-life project. I'll be following it with interest.

        David
        "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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        • #79
          I am starting to work out different ideas for the motor mounting system for the WTC. Trial and error at this point!

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          I have two 3.5" X 12" Acrylic tubes coming to be used as the equipment housing for the WTC. This system will the same basic design as the one I built for the Astute and the Redoutable!

          Rob

          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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          • #80
            Prelim. design and mock-up of the motor mounting section is on the move!

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            Final motor unit will not be fabricated until the Acrylic tubes arrive so that I can true up the final measurements.

            Rob

            "Firemen can stand the heat"

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            • #81
              Progressing on the design phase of the WTC for the Albacore. The red PLA printed items at this point will be replaced with a different color and correct sizing. It's all prelim. right now!

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              I have the bottom half of the existing hull cleaned up and re-glued where necessary..

              Rob

              "Firemen can stand the heat"

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              • #82
                Looking really good Rob. That hull cleaned up nicely.

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                • #83
                  Thanks Bob!

                  I want to clean up both the top and bottom hull and put on a coat of quality primer. I like a nice clean interior and some sort of organization for the electronics, wiring, battery, and motor, (I know, it's a sickness I have) It all started with our Fire Trucks!

                  Rob

                  "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by rwtdiver View Post
                    Thanks Bob!

                    I want to clean up both the top and bottom hull and put on a coat of quality primer. I like a nice clean interior and some sort of organization for the electronics, wiring, battery, and motor, (I know, it's a sickness I have) It all started with our Fire Trucks!

                    Rob

                    "Firemen can stand the heat"
                    Actually its Steve but you can call me Bob. ;o)

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by RCJetDude View Post

                      Actually its Steve but you can call me Bob. ;o)
                      Sorry Steve! You are in my log book!:-)) Thanks again for your compliment!

                      Rob

                      "Firemen can stand the heat

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                      • #86
                        Hi Rob
                        No it`s not a sickness, neat is always better during setups of equipment. Easier later on to find faults and repair them.
                        George

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                        • #87
                          Just got word today that my 3.5" cylinders have shipped and will be here Saturday! Now I can get back to the Albacore build!

                          Rob

                          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                          • #88
                            It will be nice to see it running! The old equipment, if it still works, had subs running wonderfully 20+ years ago. So, it is very cool you are going to get it working using the older tech.
                            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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                            • #89
                              I went through the electronics, and everything seems to be working OK! The motor and belt drive gear system is also working, and by looks of the prop size it should move through the water with some authority!

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                              The old Hitec receiver had some internal water damage so I will be replacing that part of the system and using my VEX TX & RX system. Also the original owner removed one of the mounting supports on one side of each of the two Hitec HS-322HD servos. They do work, so I will design a mount for them as well.

                              This will be a fun project, and we will see what happens!

                              Rob

                              "Firemen can stand the heat"

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                              • #90
                                I'm kind of a noob at PLA printing. I started with a DaVinci, and only ran ABS through it. It is an enclosed printer, which is what ABS apparently likes. I finally got tired of $70 cartridges and ditched it in favor of an Ender 3, and started using PLA. I've done a couple experimental prints with ABS, but have adhesion problems with the magnetic flexible mat you get as a print bed. I do have a glass print bed, and one of these days I'll re-calibrate the Z axis and try it out.

                                I have noted, however, that my roll of PLA filament, which is exposed to the sun when installed in the printer, seems to get brittle very quickly while the ABS does not. It might be that I'm using cheap Amazon Basics filament, and need to go back to a pricier, name brand. The things I have sitting around the house here that were printed in PLA seem to be holding up just fine, and a couple of them sit right in the sunlight for extended periods of the day. I'm doing some minor structure for the 688 in PLA, and so far they've all come out excellent, and seem to have no trouble being drilled and holding fasteners. I would like to do more experimentation with ABS, however...
                                "It does not take so many words to speak the truth" Chief Joseph

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