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trevor v

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Lafayette 1st outing.
« on: April 24, 2011, 02:09:34 PM »

The laff at welwyn lakes(just off A1M).run for over 2 hours batt still ok.Hit bottom and bent lower rudder quick repair and on we go, as  you can see  a lot of debris in water so i was  mindfull of fowling prop.very very plesed whit it :-)) :-))









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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011, 04:13:07 PM »

Excellent!

What the dive system?
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trevor v

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011, 04:33:27 PM »

It is standard engel kit with a 825mm piston tank.If you want a sub to do what it says on the tin buy a ALEXANDER ENGEL SSBN 616 LAFAYETTE :-))





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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 05:32:02 PM »

A very nice sub :-) :-)
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trevor v

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2011, 02:00:09 PM »

Out again this morning 2 hours batt still going strong :-)very small air leak on rear bulkhead easily fixed.













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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2011, 03:42:02 PM »

She looks really good in the water, especially the periscope depth shots.


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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2011, 05:15:31 PM »

Trevor a very nice submarine and some nice photographs but I am intrigued as to why she is painted red below the waterline as this is not
standard practice in the US Navy as sub is quite visible operating in shallow depths - did you paint it this colour to be able to see it better in
shallow water.

Geoff

http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=93345
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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2011, 05:18:39 PM »

Just be careful a heron doesn't mistake it for a koi carp  %% %%

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2011, 06:02:11 PM »

Indeed, failsafes aren't equipped to deal with heron beaks!

Glad you're please with your new boat.

Andy

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2011, 06:22:21 PM »

Trevor a very nice submarine and some nice photographs but I am intrigued as to why she is painted red below the waterline as this is not
standard practice in the US Navy as sub is quite visible operating in shallow depths - did you paint it this colour to be able to see it better in
shallow water.

Geoff

http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=93345

Geoff, my Laffy is painted in the same colour scheme and so is Ramesh's...the pic below shows the USS Lafayette being built.

Rich


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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2011, 06:43:13 PM »

Trevor a very nice submarine and some nice photographs but I am intrigued as to why she is painted red below the waterline as this is not
standard practice in the US Navy as sub is quite visible operating in shallow depths - did you paint it this colour to be able to see it better in
shallow water.

Geoff

http://www.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=93345

This was standard practise, red antifoul below the waterline. This was moved down to the half way line for the reasons you mention. Though a missile boat wouldn't be that close to the surface during a patrol.

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2011, 09:25:34 PM »

Re painting the instructions says upper hull black lower hull red i did more red as it shows up better,as you can see
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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 09:36:12 PM »

Red, yellow or orange are the three best colours to paint a sub if you want best visibility in any pond or pool.

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2011, 04:33:54 AM »

trevor v,

just saw this thread.

excellent boat.

congrats on a job well done.
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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2011, 07:02:09 AM »

pity about all of the flotsam trevor v....& I hope your video camera is very waterproof {-) ...well done excellent viewing :-)) ...Derek
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trevor v

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2011, 07:47:11 AM »

The video camera is a oregon scientific ATC3K.Says it is waterproof to 3m
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pugwash

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #17 on: May 02, 2011, 08:33:58 AM »

Very good vid Trevor - I see why it is painted bright red now with the colour of that water.
I think I would be worried about getting some of that debris round the prop.

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Re: Lafayette 1st outing.
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2011, 08:40:46 AM »

I think the Actioncams will go a lot deeper than that- they're pretty rugged. Manufacturer is probably acting on the cautious side to limit warranty claims.

Should be popping out the 'eye-pod' watertight casing castings for the little 808 keyfob cams this week. This is a small teardrop shaped (think of a chubby Albacore) enclosure designed to house the miniature cameras you can get off ebay which offer up to 720P HD for about 25 nicker. Standard definition cams are well under a tenner, but the HD model is well worth the extra moolah IMO. I've used them extensively on model aeroplanes, as they only weigh about 15 grams. The 'eye-pod' will make them waterproof and as the enclosure is more streamlined than the ATC cams and also has a much lower wetted area, it should work well on smaller models where the ATC can be a bit of a drag- literally. Bang goes the theory, we'll see how it holds up in practice.
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