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  • Scrappy
    Lieutenant, Junior Grade
    • Jun 2023
    • 22

    #31
    Thanks, I am almost ready to start cutting my foam block, still cleaning up the drawing.

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    • redboat219
      Admiral
      • Dec 2008
      • 2784

      #32
      Originally posted by Subculture
      I'd look carefully at the venues you have available for sailing, as a draft of 28" will limit your ability to dive in shallower ponds. Also bear in mind the weight of this thing when full of water, as it's likely to have a low freeboard. I would seriously advise making it smaller, as the boat is chunky and can support a smaller footprint.
      "Don't give yourself a hernia."
      Last edited by redboat219; 07-22-2023, 01:39 PM.
      Make it simple, make strong, make it work!

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      • Scrappy
        Lieutenant, Junior Grade
        • Jun 2023
        • 22

        #33
        Originally posted by redboat219

        "Don't give yourself a hernia."
        Okay, so that video didn’t help! I just got off the phone with the owner of FX Models, still waiting for a fiberglass guy to make a hull with his molds. But, it is “hope”! I am definitely back on the hunt for an Alvin hull. I have been studying that sub since I was A kid. Not giving up on the dream to have one!

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        • Scrappy
          Lieutenant, Junior Grade
          • Jun 2023
          • 22

          #34
          Purchased the STl files for Alvin from The Nautilus Drydock, time to start the 3D printing. It is sold in 1/12, so to keep the math simple mine will be 1/6 when complete. Plan is to print it low quality to use as a rough mold for a fiberglass hull. Finally getting somewhere.

          Sub cost so far $70…

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          • Scrappy
            Lieutenant, Junior Grade
            • Jun 2023
            • 22

            #35
            Quick update, 3D printing a 1/6 scale submersible takes time!

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            • bwi 971
              Captain
              • Jan 2015
              • 917

              #36
              Originally posted by Scrappy
              Quick update, 3D printing a 1/6 scale submersible takes time!
              ......it used to take a lot more time before 3D printing......all the heavy lifting was done by the person who made the 3D model........we are lucky to see all this stuff happening.
              Don't know the nozzle diameter you are using....but when you print low quality/bigger layer height....a 0.6 or 0.8mm nozzle will reduce print times significaly.
              Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience.
              "Samuel Smiles"

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              • Scrappy
                Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                • Jun 2023
                • 22

                #37

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                • Scrappy
                  Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                  • Jun 2023
                  • 22

                  #38
                  Almost time to start a build thread!

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                  • He Who Shall Not Be Named
                    Moderator
                    • Aug 2008
                    • 12402

                    #39
                    Originally posted by Scrappy
                    Almost time to start a build thread!
                    Talk'n parts done. Get to it!
                    Who is John Galt?

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                    • Scrappy
                      Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                      • Jun 2023
                      • 22

                      #40
                      Once all the printing is done! Then it is go time!

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                      • Scrappy
                        Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                        • Jun 2023
                        • 22

                        #41
                        Time to print the back half!

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                        • Subculture
                          Admiral
                          • Feb 2009
                          • 2137

                          #42
                          Have you thought about how you'll get it out of the drink- will weigh a fair bit full of water.

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                          • Scrappy
                            Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                            • Jun 2023
                            • 22

                            #43
                            Originally posted by Subculture
                            Have you thought about how you'll get it out of the drink- will weigh a fair bit full of water.
                            I have a few ideas in work, that is the best part of this hobby, getting to think outside and inside the box.

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                            • Scrappy
                              Lieutenant, Junior Grade
                              • Jun 2023
                              • 22

                              #44
                              Long overdue update! First few layers of fiber glass down, very happy with the adhesion after much sanding.

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                              • Rick Teskey
                                Lieutenant Commander
                                • Jan 2009
                                • 238

                                #45
                                An ear ring , corvett and hair plugs might be quicker but not as rewarding....maybe. good luck

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