This is the beginning of my first building thread, the Simon Lake sub the Protector.
SIMON LAKE is credited with the development of the basic submarine technologies which are essential for safe and successful operation of the submarine; such as, even-keel hydroplanes, ballast tanks, divers' compartment, periscope, twin-hull design, and much more. No modern submarine could operate today without using the advancements made by Simon Lake, and which were adopted worldwide by the early 1900's. He achieved over 200 patents in his lifetime.
SIMON LAKE was originally referred to as a "Pioneer Submarine Inventor". Today, Simon Lake is regarded as ...The Father Of The Modern Submarine.
Except from the Simon Lake Website
I am building the boat in 1/24 scale. The original boats was 67 feet long and 15 feet wide. It had three torpedo tubes, 2 forward and one aft and carried one small rapid fire gun in the turret on the conning tower. The boat was launched in 1902. The version I built was a combination of the artist conception, patent drawings and also the final production boat. It is unique in that it has not only aft dive planes but two set of two planes midship.
This is the hull and conning tower prior to starting the build. Only two of these hulls have been made. The hull walls are very thick which made the boat even without fittings and hardware very heavy.
This guy got must have made someone mad to get this duty
Progressing through the build:
Very well built hull:
Starting to gather the parts:
Making the end caps for the 4" wtc. Had a problem and got a bubble under the mold. It was easy to cut off and file smooth after I made each end cap. I started out having a 4" WTC for the motors and servo and a 3.5' wtc for the ballast tank but I had to change to one 4" because I needed the extra volume to maintain a decent waterline.
First (2) wtc attempt until I changed to one large one:
Wrong motors. The 6v pittmans stalled out. I changed to 24V pittmans at 12V- perfect.
Starting to build the hardware:
The keg has got to go and be replaced by a more realistic one:
Adding the aft dive planes:
95% of all of the soldering was done with a resistance soldering unit. Well worth the money.
Setting up the universal shafts.
Pic a little fuzzy.
Adding the side dive planes:
Adding the wheels and dive plane protection rails:
The periscope has also been added