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vosper

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revell gato 1/72
« on: April 11, 2007, 11:37:09 pm »

Hi
As anybody started to convert it to radio control.
any body got ideas to share.
Vosper
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2007, 12:19:32 pm »

Have you checked put this site?
http://www.frontiernet.net/~bwelch/
I have the semi kit for the U47
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2007, 09:49:26 am »

i desperately want to start mine but unlike my revell type7 on the gato you have to cut away the top of the hull (where the deck fits over)  with dave welch' unit so i have to wait until i get the unit to find out exactly how much and where i have to cut away. and the ive totalled up with all his options and it came to about 300 from memory so ill have to wait a bit longer ;D . have you seen aprils issue of tamiya model magazine international. theres a build review (non R/C of course)its superband he's done it in the colours i was goin to do it in, i keep looking at it itching to get started ;D

Grant :)
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2007, 12:35:05 pm »

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2007, 11:38:41 pm »

Dave Merriman is offering a Gato conversion kit that you may want to check out.

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

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2007, 10:50:17 pm »

Hi all ,
I have just started to build my Gato as a surface runner only, just fancied doing something a bit different from the norm and i think this is a good big kit to have an experiment with, i have attached a couple of photos to show how i have converted the rudder and the holes i needed to cut to fit the shafts/motors, i have also took one with my son just to give and idea of the size to people that might be thinking of converting the Gato and there is still the fore secton to go on which is another 7 inches or so. O0
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2007, 01:02:32 pm »


   Could be just the foto but your linkages look to be from piano wire? I would change to either snakes with plastic
   snap links or chat to a local fabrication shop for one or two lengths of stainless steel welding wire.
     
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007, 01:54:47 pm »

They are stainless rods.  O0
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2007, 08:54:39 pm »

Got the chance to do a bit more building today with it raining all day!  The Gato had to have a change of rudder because of a leak through the rudder apperture, twin MFA motors are now fitted and made a good start on the conning tower, tested the sub in the bath and no leaks thank goodness, i think it will need a fair bit of ballast to get it to its surface running line.
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2007, 12:44:38 pm »

More or less finished the Gato, just needs the speed controller fitting and testing on the water.
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2007, 11:05:40 pm »

Hi all, just starting to add a few decals and figures  O0
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2008, 01:14:02 am »

That's a nice job Russell.  Do you know what the weight will be to run at the waterline?

What's the chances of making one similar that could drop to periscope depth and come back up?  I suppose it would be the same as making a full blown submarine but what's your opinion?  Cap
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #12 on: January 29, 2010, 01:48:47 pm »

Hmmm, nice job Russel. Can I ask what you used to connect teh motors to teh shafts, was it flexi couplings?? Also any update on how it ran?

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2010, 01:51:32 pm »

Blimey thats an old thread!

The couplings i used were pieces of silicon fuel tubing as space was an issue....

Thanks

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2010, 02:04:10 pm »

yeah sorry , just seen how old that was, but having just got a kit ( btw modelzone doing them for 29.99 now!) you came up on a google search.

Have you taken her out and run her, how did she fair?

One last question(honest) the bow section, being a sealed unit , how much ballast did you put in there?. My concern is taking a stab at teh ballast, sealing it up and finding its wrong!

Cheers

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2010, 02:10:26 pm »

To be honest she only went out a couple of times but ran well, needed a little more ballast and if i can remember rightly i place all the ballast in the mid section, cant remember putting anything in the bow?

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2010, 02:23:06 pm »

A couple of pictures on the water....

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #17 on: January 29, 2010, 02:37:35 pm »

Looks fine there, I see Modelzone shops here in the U.K are knocking these kits out now at 30.00 a go, when i was in there shop on Tuesday 26 th Jan
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #18 on: January 30, 2010, 02:43:33 pm »

Very nearly got one myself today for a surface runner - 29.99 today in Chester.
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #19 on: June 25, 2010, 03:12:34 pm »

She looks a bit light in the stern/ heavy in the bow. 
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #20 on: June 25, 2010, 04:15:49 pm »

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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2010, 04:21:50 pm »

Pretty good source for 1/32 convertables for "Crewmen"

  http://www.modelhobbies.co.uk/shop/plastic-soldiers-plastic-soldiers-c-30_40.html

  Regards  Ian.
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #22 on: June 25, 2010, 08:09:33 pm »

some photos of the Gato at San Francisco 4 weeks ago. Bill
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #23 on: June 25, 2010, 08:10:09 pm »

some more
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Re: revell gato 1/72
« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2010, 11:57:25 pm »

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