Full details and writeup can be found on my website at http://www.rc-sub.com/CR_RCNautilus.html
. Take everything that I say here with a grain of salt if your palate desires it. I am the marketing agent for Custom Replicas model kits, and as such have a particular fondness for the kits and it sometimes comes through in my writing. :nemo_lol:
I am in the process of documenting the entire build on video, and will make it available once the model has been completed and the footage edited. A similar video will be produced for the upcoming static display build as well. Stay tuned!
This model was commissioned as a full R/C version of Custom Replicas 1/32 scale Nautilus hull. The owner made particular emphasis on dependability and simplicity for the model, with aesthetics coming a near second place. After viewing my scratchbuilt project summary online, the design of this build was structured as closely as possible to it. The model will feature a fully detailed wheelhouse interior and fully functional LED lighting in all applicable exterior (and interior) locations. A full gas-based ballast system will take her below the waves, and she'll be propelled by the brand new (and as yet unreleased) authentic brass replica propeller.
The kit that this model is based off of is the venerable Generation II hull, which has ample details to satisfy the most demanding viewer. With such a huge scale, this model has enormously demanding presence on the water, being affected very little by ripples and wind that plague smaller submarine models.
The kit was received in excellent condition, undamaged from shipping due to a superb packaging job by the manufacturer.
After the parts were organized and the majority of the pieces deburred and sanded smooth, the first thing that I decided to tackle was the main access hatch for the model's electronics and linkages. I elected to make the hatch on the bottom
of the sub rather than the top, as I detest unsightly seams being visible on my models while cruising the surface. As the Nautilus has tremendous details on the upper surface, it only made the decision that much easier to make. What this does mean, however, is that when accessing the internals, the model must be flipped over, which while not difficult in and of itself, does increase the odds of damage to details slightly. A custom cradle will be designed to make this process as simple and safe as possible.
In the following photo, you can see the large access hatch cut in the lower section of hull, and the lower section temporarily CA'd to the top awaiting reinforcement through a layer of fiberglass inside.
The rule of thumb with R/C subs is "keep the weight low and the flotation high". To that end, a generous amount of lead ballast was cut and installed in the conveniently hollow keel. Maintaining a large righting moment within the sub will ensure that she doesn't heel over too badly when at full throttle, and will be statically stable during dives and while cruising the surface. The weights you see here will be encased in resin shortly.
More to come very soon! Stay tuned!