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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:15 pm

Well I started another project to help occupy my time. This time its a small scale sub the U-214.
This thing is pretty small but I have seen people do small subs before and any thing is possible.

The planes that come with the boat and I am not sure just how well this thing is going to handle but time will tell. The upper rudder on the other hand is nice an large and it should turn very nicely once submerged. Just need to figure out how to get the linkages together. I do not think that I am going to take the time to engineer the planes for easy of maintenance like I usually do. Rather I am just going to make the setup as reliable as possible and hope it lasts. After all it is only a 24 dollar boat.

The provided propeller isn't bad. The pitch isnt to big which will probably be good for the small motor it will use. I heard a good rule of thumb is to use a motor can the same Dia as your prop and you cant go wrong. Unfortunately this is not possible due to size. The prop would be a little more efficient if it had be molded with a conical twist but, I not gonna make a new one so it will have to do. Another neat thing is that the prop already has a 1/8" hole in the back and a shaft will pop right on centered.

Well here are some pics and a video of some testing i did with the prop.

The test was done using a cermark 400 motor w/ a 3-1 reduction. Sorry the quality sucks but the wife has the good camera.

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Postby tsenecal » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:38 pm

Nuke,

I couldn't help but notice the "rule of thumb" you stated about the size of the prop versus the size of the motor can....


my Alvin has a prop that is 5.5" in diameter.... :)
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Postby Rogue Sub » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:52 pm

r you using a reduction gear?
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Postby redboat219 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:31 am

Will you be using Caswell's new 1.5" wtc w/ hybrid snort system?
http://support.caswellplating.com/index ... itemid=123
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Postby Rogue Sub » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:31 am

Hi redboat. Just a note when you copy and paste a SC forum link. You cant copy the header because it will send you right back to the main forum. YOu have to copy the hyper link to the subject you want to get the right link.

As for the WTC. Yes I will be using one of the 1.5" sub drivers. My goal is to see how many boats I can get this thing into. So, far I have a u-214, u-212, type 21. Ill be trying more as I get them!
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Postby Rogue Sub » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:38 am

Got the linkages made up. The diver planes are nice because they are actually right above the shaft. As for the rudder. This is a major tight fit. I went through a lot of different combos but couldnt find anything that would give the rudder any swing, which is important with such a small lower rudder. I ended up currting a hole in the side to allow the thing to swing all the way. If I think of something else Ill just patch the hole with ever coat. It will be easy cause I am doing all the mock up with the 2 halves not glued together.

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Postby tsenecal » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:13 pm

Nuke,

I am using a 400 size brushless outrunner that runs at 740 rpm per volt, attached to a 6:1 gearbox

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Postby redboat219 » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:29 pm

Thanks Nuke. Fixed the link.
Nice build thread. Can't wait to see her in the water.
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Postby Pirate » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:16 pm

Hey Kevin, I thought that boat had an X-tail. Are there variants?

Looks like fun though. Once I get you your Ohio, you can use that thing for a SDV.

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Postby Rogue Sub » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:43 pm

Tim: The rule of thumb I stated only applies to direct drive.

Pete: I could probably fire the thing off as a torpedo to be honest. There are different variants, the one you are refering to is the u 212 which is also in the mail.
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Postby Doug_Gracey » Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:49 am

Hey Kevin spill! What are the dimensions on that new 1.5 WTC. If it fits a 17.3 inch U-214 it might work on a pocket sub project that I have on my shelf... 8)

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Postby Rogue Sub » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:03 am

No idea Doug. I am crossing my fingers that it fits in my sub. You arent by chance talking about your yamato are you. If so... it would be sweet to see that thing hit the water.

Oh and never yell spill if no one else is around geezzz.
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Postby Pirate » Sat Aug 16, 2008 4:54 pm

Kevin,

My son and I love your traveling gnome. He couldn't stop laughing when I showed him. He thought it was photoshop'd in there. I don't think it is, right?

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Postby petn7 » Sat Aug 16, 2008 6:09 pm

According to Caswell's slide show, the new 1.5 snorkel Sub-Driver should fit - I think it's about 10-11 inches long.
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Postby Rogue Sub » Sat Aug 16, 2008 7:25 pm

no Pete that there is the real deal. That gnome got around alot that patrol I think. Some vacation indeed!
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