Hello out there,
I am just now trying out this message board. I have known about them but have never used anything more than e-mail.
Someone asked if anyone is out there. I am in New Orleans and I too wondered if anyone was out there in the Southern regions. I have been wondering also if there is anyone who is active in the sub hobby in the New Orleans area besides me.
I have finally started a scratch-built WTC and while I am very hopped up about the project, there is hardly anyone around with this kind of special interest to chat or consult with. So I hope to get into the conversations and perhaps attend one of the regattas soon. I have enjoyed R/C model boats for years but keep coming back to subs.
I built a sub many years ago ( about early '80s) that was something like the Krick but looked more like a generic guppy type. I got the idea from an English magazine. It worked ok but porpoised a lot while I would try to surface. I recognized that it was difficult to keep it level and I was over/under correcting. My next experiment was to try a lead pendulum in the rearward flood area to control the rear dive planes. The pendulum would sense the pitch of the boat and counter move the rear planes to correct. A simple mechanical feed-back system with a few adjustments in the linkage to tune it in. I built the pendulum into the boat but never tried it out because other things needed to be changed in the boat, (you know - family distractions and other boat projects, and other excuses). Has anyone ever tried a pendulum to keep a zero bubble?
I could talk your arms off, but better wait till I know how to use the nessage board.
aka Harold Rouchell
New Orleans, LA