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  • george
    Captain
    • Dec 2010
    • 727

    Advice Help Needed

    Hello to the membership

    I am in the planning, thinking stage for now. I would like to try to build the disney nautilus submarine for future r.c use. I see that it`s hull is of an octagonal shape and tapers to the front and rear.
    I thought about making several temporary octagonal bulkheads to attach the side pieces to. I was going to make each side piece out of epoxy/fiberglass and lay up the strips on a piece of glass since I heard that epoxy does not stick to glass.

    My question here is, since the nautilus is tapered to the front and rear, how do I get the stiff level epoxy strips to bend towards the front and rear without breaking? I was thinking about using a hot air gun to heat the sections were the strips had to bend BUT I don`t know if that would work.

    Anyone have this kind of experience with cured epoxy bending? OR how should I do it? As for buying an already Nautilus kit, if I could afford it and the S&H to me here in Canada was cheap, I would BUT since it is not cheap and S&H is nuts, I can`t so I try for now by myself.

    Thanks for your time and help.

    George
  • He Who Shall Not Be Named
    Moderator
    • Aug 2008
    • 12508

    #2
    .020" thick G-10 and a hot-air gun.

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    • george
      Captain
      • Dec 2010
      • 727

      #3
      Hello He Who Shall Not Be Named

      Thanks for your reply BUT what is "thick G-10"???

      George

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      • He Who Shall Not Be Named
        Moderator
        • Aug 2008
        • 12508

        #4
        preformed sheets of epoxy-fiberglass plastic sheet.

        Huge Selection of G10/FR4 Glass Epoxy Sheets In Stock & Cut-to-Size from ePlastics. Fast Shipping. Trusted for Over 100 Years.


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        • Subculture
          Admiral
          • Feb 2009
          • 2169

          #5
          Thin epoxy sheet like Dave recommends works as easy as thin plywood, so you can bend it cold too.

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          • george
            Captain
            • Dec 2010
            • 727

            #6
            Hello ALL

            I would like to thank everyone for their tips and I have decided to scrap my plan and to buy a pre made hull. After reviewing ALL the work and the fact I can`t physically do that work because of my health issues. I will start saving up for one.
            Anyone care to give me sources for a 1/69 Nautilus hull and who you recommend as a person to deal with.

            Thanks

            George

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            • He Who Shall Not Be Named
              Moderator
              • Aug 2008
              • 12508

              #7
              Get a Brodeen hull. Bob Martin is the guy to deal with. Caswell offers the SD for it.

              Not a beginners project!

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