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My 1:77 Scale Disney Nautilus Build

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  • #31
    Originally posted by SubHuman View Post
    I'm thinking of trying to lay up a new hull in epoxy fiberglass with a cast lower section. Would be a hybrid fabrication technique, but it would vastly reduce the weight above the waterline. Not many know, but those hulls are nominally 1/4" thick!
    So thick that unless you employ heroic measures to reduce the displacement of above waterline structures you're ballast tank will have to be unreasonably large.

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    • #32
      Originally posted by He Who Shall Not Be Named View Post

      So thick that unless you employ heroic measures to reduce the displacement of above waterline structures you're ballast tank will have to be unreasonably large.

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      Oh Man!

      Before I have to go this route, I think I will try the SD that came with the kit first! I thank you David for posting up those scary photos!

      Rob
      "Firemen can stand the heat"

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      • #33
        Your SD will work perfectly fine. I've built a dozen of these with the standard 212 SubDriver and they work perfectly in terms of ballast displacement. Fortunately, the Nautilus has a very tiny freeboard (waterline is probably only 1/4" down from the deck. In the movie, she could emerge so that the waterline was just at the seam between the salon blister and hull, but at that height, the skiff was fully dry and couldn't be launched.


        Bob

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        • #34
          Originally posted by SubHuman View Post
          Your SD will work perfectly fine. I've built a dozen of these with the standard 212 SubDriver and they work perfectly in terms of ballast displacement. Fortunately, the Nautilus has a very tiny freeboard (waterline is probably only 1/4" down from the deck. In the movie, she could emerge so that the waterline was just at the seam between the salon blister and hull, but at that height, the skiff was fully dry and couldn't be launched.

          Bob,

          Thank you very much for that information! I truly do not understand the total operation of these boats! But I am trying my best to take it all in and learn and understand why they do what they do!

          Rob
          "Firemen can stand the heat"

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