Bob the Builder wrote:Okay... here's what I ended up doing (for those who care):
I scrapped the idea of the large shroud in favor of a set of dive planes aft of the propellor. I made them in the same style as the rest of the model, so the look is preserved, and only the die-hard Nautilus purists will care (ahem.... Will).
A shot of my model safely nestled in the back of my minivan. Leaves just enough room for the baby stroller...
Note the linkage disappearing into the hull (I still need to paint it and touch up the hull).
The planes still need to be weathered to match the model, but you get the idea.
I tested the model at Thetis lake last Saturday, and the new planes make a world of difference. Control is fast and precise. The model tends to porpoise slightly at higher speeds, but maintains depth well, with a slight tendency to rise over the course of her run. I may play with running the four stock planes to my depth controller and the aft trim planes to my trim controller, but for now she runs exceptionally well.
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