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djrobbo

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First time sub - Revell GATO
« on: April 06, 2009, 07:05:28 PM »

Hi guys.....just bit the bullet and bought a revell gato.............question is whats the best way of making it go......static or dynamic.....or just as a surface runner..........you will gather from this that i know absolutely diddly squat about submarines..........

                          regards....bob.
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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 09:46:53 PM »

If you know "diddly squat" about model subs then there is a mountain of irrelevant information to duck.
Bearing that in mind you could......
  • actively seek out and follow the example of those who run such models successfully with ease.
  • just ask the specialists in that field to trawl their favourites folder for Revell Gato build logs.
There are quite a few on this forum who fit the first category which does not include me!
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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2009, 11:43:43 AM »

All that time making the Crash tender Bob, Target practice??

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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2009, 11:59:47 AM »

I made mine surface runner, seemed a bit on the difficult size to cram everything in to make it a static diver, ran well on the surface  :-))

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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2009, 12:07:05 PM »

Hi Russell,
I'm also going to make mine a surface raider, could you show us a few pictures of the internals?

Martin  :-))
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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2009, 12:18:16 PM »

Sorry Martin, i have just trawled through the photos and come up with nothing!  I have one picture showing the motors, i only took a few photos of her on the water..

If you need any pointers then give me a shout, i installed two MFA motors running 3mm shafts, one fixed to each half of the hull, took a bit of lining up, installed new rudder and assembly with the servo fixed to one half of the hull.  Once the two halves were joined i cut out an access hole which the deck sits over and istalled a small 12v 1.2ah lead acid..


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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 12:40:55 PM »

Caswell in America sell the Dave Merriman conversion kit for the Gato to turn it into a fully static diving RC sub

http://www.caswellplating.com/models/gato.html

or you can get the Big Dave WTC kit for it as well http://www.frontiernet.net/~bwelch/gato.htm

The guys in the US have built a lot of these kits into static diving subs over the last year or so. Have a look through the builds on the www.subcommittee.com website or the www.subpirates.com site

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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 06:05:55 PM »

Tubulent on this site has built a static dive one, and there has been a write up in Marine Modeling magazine. A surface runner should be similar to most other plasic conversions.

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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2009, 06:46:28 PM »

Thanks for the info guys..........as its a new thing for me i think i will start out with a surface runner and then progress to something a touch more exotic

          Hi circlip.......well i will need something to fire torpedoes at ....we dont get swans on our lake :-)) :-))

                  regards to all....bob.
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Re: First time sub - Revell GATO
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2009, 05:54:32 PM »

Hi Bob,

Take a look at this dutch forum there the've build fully diving complete RC http://www.modelbouwforum.nl/forums/duikboten/34663-het-grote-revell-gato-bouw-en-ombouwtopic.html see the lot's of pictures they will explain a lot  O0 {-) %%
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