I am pretty new to RC sub modeling. My name is Michel and right now I'm wondering which kit is right for me; the Engel 212 or Lafayette. I would like to stick to the Engel range of boats since I like using piston tanks for a ballast system. Anyways, I have been doing extensive research about RC sub models as well as the real subs, too. I pretty much understand the majority of the 'special components' that are used exclusively in RC subs, like the pitch controller. I have a budget of about $3,100 which will become $4,000 in the next year or two. Though I have no expertise in RC modeling in general, I am a architect and also a electrical engineer. Right now, I would say I have a fair bit of time (like about 1-2 hours) of free time which I would gladly use for the construction of my model. Unfortunately, I plan to get married in the next 6 years or so, so my then my free time (and money) is gone.
Through my point of view the Lafayette is the better buy for me, since there is more room for improvement. Do note that my lake is a bit too big!
It is like 90 feet down and is half the size of my neighborhood. Unfortunately it usually have some big waves so the 212 may not 'preform' well.
What about mounting a camera on one of these subs? It seems like the Lafayette is then the prime sub for this job.
Both subs are really good, high quality, beginner subs to me.
What do you think?