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Question about model kit

Postby U-581 Kommandant » Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:18 pm

Ok, so lately I have been looking for an RC model kit of a u-boat that is relatively affordable and still of a good quality. I located a U-581 which says it includes the motors and stuff and says it is a fully working and diving submarine. My question is, does this kit have a remote control, and if not, how do you operate it?

The kit is here- http://www.modelshipbuilding.com/U581.htm
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Re: Question about model kit

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:10 pm

As I recall, there is no ability to control the sub while operating.....r/c or via wire tether. Never having actually used one, I do not know how it transistions from surface to dive to surface.

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Re: Question about model kit

Postby U-581 Kommandant » Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:24 pm

hmmmmmm I see. Have any suggestions for what I am looking for then? :)
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Re: Question about model kit

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:18 pm

....you'll need to define "affordable"....... :)

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Re: Question about model kit

Postby subdude » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:50 am

I had this kit, and several of it's cousins, many years ago. They all work similarly. It's a foot-long plastic model with a battery compartment underneath for 3 "C" cell batteries. The motor is turned on and off via a switch. The rudder is set manually before release, and the stern dive planes are hooked to a linkage that is operated by a radar mast or pendulum. As the model submerges, the pitch or water flow moves the planes to "surface" attitude, thus making the model porpoise across the swimming pool.

Bottom line, a (very) slightly realistic pool toy. Remote control: none.

I'm not saying you couldn't re-engineer it to be R/C or tethered, but unless you HAVE to have that particular boat, it's probably not worth the effort.

Like Jeff said, define "affordable" :shock:
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