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SubCommittee sends flotilla of submarines into the Aquatic Center in Lake City
November 5, 2006
By Karl Burkhardt
The Soviet Typhoon submarine attracted a lot of attention as it cruised into Lake City on Saturday, but it had a lot of competition from a couple of Disney Nautilus models, a battleship, a shrimp boat and a tugboat.
This was a SubRun, the first visit of the DeepSouth Chapter of the SubCommittee and they plunged into the Columbia County Schools’ Aquatic complex.
Most of the model boats are submarines, but other boats are welcome, said Mike Wilson. The group has members in Georgia and Florida, but this was the first time they have had an event in Lake City.
Visitors were admitted free for the one-day event and modelers demonstrated their radio-controlled craft and explained how they work. Only members were allowed in the water with the boats and submarines. The model craft cost from $500 to $3,000 or more.
At 94 inches, Stefan Ronnebeck’s Soviet Typhoon was the largest submarine in the group. All the boats are radio controlled and yes, they work under water. Some carry compressed gas to blow water out of their tanks so they can surface. The tanks are flooded to make them submerge, just like full-size submarines.
Ronnebeck also displayed a World War II German model 7C. Both are built to the same scale, 1 to 72, and the German sub sat on the bow of the big Soviet model.
The SubRun attracted 10 members and about 30 boats.
Bill McNeal of Jacksonville brought a tugboat and a shrimp boat. The tug, called Theodore, actually performed as a tugboat, nudging a submarine to the edge of the pool. The sub had a problem with its motor.
David Santivanez of Ocala brought his model of the Japanese battleship, Yamato.
The Yamato, named after the ancient Japanese Yamato Province, the first built and the class was named after her. She and her sister ship, Musashi, were the largest, heaviest battleships ever constructed, weighing 72,802 tons. The Yamato held the record for the heaviest armament, nine 460 mm (18.1 inch) guns.
Many of the boats, including the Yamato, were finely detailed. Nearly all are reproduced to exact scale.
Wilson said the DeepSouth Chapter is part of an international organization, the SubCommittee. There are more than a dozen chapters, including ones in Australia, Canada, England, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
SubRuns are an opportunity to educate the public about the hobby and attract new members, Wilson said. “We had 75 attendees in July at the Carmel, Ind., annual regatta. It was great – but a long drive for us southerners,” Wilson said. That is the reason they selected Lake City.
Harvey Campbell, Executive Director of the Columbia County Tourist Development Council, helped arrange for the group to use the Aquatic Complex. DeepSouth Chapter members are making plans to return to Lake City next year. The group presented Campbell with a plaque expressing their appreciation.
For more information, visit subcommittee.com and go to the discussion forum.
For questions about the Deepsouth Chapter, e-mail Mike Wilson at Subwork@comcast.net