- Mr. Submarine!
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Here's a few
pics of my latest boat, HMS E11 and HMS Upholder back on the
water after a refit.
Here's a few pics of my latest boats, this is a ww1 coastal "U class"
submarine. Its 42" long at 1/32nd scale, and really does run well ,its one
of Norbert Bruggens semi kits, also I've just repainted HMS unseen, in her
Mediterranean blue colour scheme.
Hi Martin , here are a few pics from the hull
model boat group DVD , we sail at east park hull every Sunday and Tuesday
throughout the year, regards Pete
I've just started to detail and rebuild
Seaview, after last seasons sailing, three shows and the back of the car
took its toll on the hull and the paint, so I decided to detail the hull
and try and get the colour right, the hull is scaled at around 1/60th so I
thought Id add the flying sub, I happened to have the monogram plastic
model which is the same scale, I fitted a mini sub with radio and lights
into the kit, and it works, here are some pics.
Hi Martin, does your your workshop look
I'm doing some work on the Seaview but it got to cold in the shed,
so I asked if I could use the spare room, I promised to keep it
Hi Martin, thought I'd send some more pics of
the Seaview, the model is 78" long and is based on the television version
of the sub, access to the boats internals is from the underside ,the main
battery is in bow section I've left room for the cabin details at a later
date. The dive module is from Sheerline . these units are very reliable
and fuss free, the unit is simply strapped into the hull I've had to add
a few lumps of foam and a lot of lead ,the boat is very stable and has a
fair turning circle, speed was a problem so a change of prop was needed,
the boat dive's and runs well and just needs a little more work to
Sorry about the foliage I know its not to scale, at the manta wings the
hull is 18" wide, the model has twin motors with gear boxes with two 50mm
4 blade props, the model is so stable in the water, it stays were you put
it, but the turning circle is large.
I thought I'd send some more pics, this an old Darnell S boat hull, I had
the hull for quite a few years but never got round to doing anything with
it. I began building a dive unit for it and gave up, she now has a propel
dive unit from
World Models. the dive unit is 20" long with no nuts bolts
or screws, the servos push in the rest is up to you!
The ballast tank the gas tank is fitted inside the small hole on top is
the vent which is operated by the the servo to the right which fills and
empties the tank
This is centre section of the dive module, the ballast tank is to the left
and is simply a push fit, this section contains the esc, rx, motors and
rudder ,rear planes servo's and main battery external connections
The stern cap, the servo's push into this section, the prop shafts have
glands with two o rings, the unit works very well and in a model of this
size its ideal.
Hi Martin, thought I'd send
you this pic of Seaview underway. She'd just surfaced, big sigh of relief,
could do with a bit more forward speed, any idea's the current set up is
two 12 volt Graupner 500s direct drive to two 40mm 4 blade brass props I
cant fit bigger props because the propulsor tubes are 44mm in diameter.
Thanks for the updates Martin, the brass deck is available from
Hi Martin, thought I'd send a couple of picks
of my boat under water at my local pond ,the photo's were taken using an
waterproof camera from Lidl, the camera cost 3 quid. Regards Pete.
This is my
Here's a couple of
pics of the Gato, its been a toughie, thank heaven for power tools! Im
afraid the days of rat-tail files and sand paper are over........ some
advice for would be submariners go to B&Q and come up-to-date!
Anyway back to the boat ,had trouble getting the middle deck to fit even
using the jig Engel suggest also had fun and games with a pillar drill and
a tap and die set. Each piston tank has nine connections onto a relay
board. Engel suggest two speed controllers, I'm using one, this boat is
heavy but it looks good. The kit captures the lines of the Gato perfectly.
The kit costs around £700 but has an auto trim device which balances the
boats tanks and is accurate to within 3 grams. It also has a planked deck
which has been a pain but its a nice model and judging by what I've seen
on www.eBay.co.uk, I
should get my money and a bit more back if I decide to part with it.
I'll send more pics
if I ever finish!
Meet Seaview .
She's 76" long and is a one piece grp moulding. I've
had to cut part of the stern off ,the dive module is from Sheerline, Chris
was really helpful. The model is excellent!!!
My name is Pete and I live in Hull.
One of my boats is the HMS Upholder and is a W.W.II vessel.
It is 70 inches in length and scaled at 1/32nd. The colour scheme is royal
navy Mediterranean blue (and it works). The hull is an old Darnell
moulding considerably modified by myself using warship profile
publications as reference. The ballast system is a scratch built set-up
based around a compressor system with a central ballast tank. A single
motor drives a huge graupner one into two gearbox which gives the effect
of a very effective 'diesel' engine sound. The gearbox is located in the
wet hull and the 12v battery is also located in the wet hull. The model is
large enough to incorporate a torpedo firing system which is something I
am looking to do in the near future. I am also currently building an
Engels Gato which will take some time but when finished will be 76 inches
Also in my collection is a Robbe U-47 which is I have converted to U-46
which is a type 7B with an Engels piston tank which works extremely well.
Later on in the year I hope to have completed a moulding of a type 1A
U-Boat which will be approximately 42 inches long.
I hope this wasn't too long winded and will be of some interest to your