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First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby joes_shop » Sat Apr 24, 2010 2:36 pm

So, I've done my research and ready to take the plunge (pun intended!).

I'm looking for recommendations: I'd prefer a kit as complete as possible ('not having to go to several different companies for additional 'parts', etc.).

Size-wise I'd prefer a hull-length of 3' - 6'.

For my first model 'scale' is not an issue (I want to concentrate on learning - not scale details) but if there is a 'semi-scale' kit out there - I'd consider it based on the above.

If I knew what I was doing I'd want a scale Type VII, XXIII or Gato....

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby petn7 » Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:24 pm

The Engel Lafayette might be a choice to consider. I've driven several submarines and it is one of the best handling submarines I've ever driven.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby junglelord » Sat Apr 24, 2010 7:20 pm

My first sub was the Robbe Seawolf.
Good size, good performance, good price.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby JWLaRue » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:07 pm

Another possibility would be the robbe Type VII kit...or even the robbe Type XXI.

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby Sub culture » Sun Apr 25, 2010 5:56 am

Caswell-Merriman 212 (a bit small for you, but don't discount a small submarine)
TT Neptune. Totally complete.
RPM Tech Seehund. Again a very small boat, but very comprehensive.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby PaulC » Mon Apr 26, 2010 9:29 am

If time isn't a big factor you can put a flier up on the SubSwap boards for a used Small World Models Blueback or Oyashio kit. They are a great way to get started in r/c subs. Though currently out of production, they came very complete with minimal finish work necessary to get running.

From strictly a kit standpoint, I had tremendous success with the Precision Pattern 1/96 Permit kit (ThorDesign at the time). It doesn't come with a WTC, but it has everything else you need and very thorough instructions. Ballast system vendors like Dave Welch make units that will work for the hull.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby joes_shop » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:59 pm

Thanks to Everyone for their Input!

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby joes_shop » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:02 pm

Sub culture,

What is a 'TT Neptune'?

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby Sub culture » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:36 pm

Thunder Tiger Neptune.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby PaulC » Tue Apr 27, 2010 6:44 pm

I've heard good things about them -- but haven't seen one first hand.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby JWLaRue » Tue Apr 27, 2010 7:27 pm

Just a note: the Thunder Tiger Neptune is a ready-to-run submarine......just charge the batteries and go! It even has a fully functional ballast system!

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby PaulC » Wed Apr 28, 2010 8:32 am

Jeff,

Has anyone written a review on it?
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby JWLaRue » Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:12 pm

...not that I recall.....

Perhaps Jim Butt can be convinced to do a write-up. Not only does he have one, but he's added some very nice LED lighting to his.

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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby subdude » Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:45 pm

You got it, boss. Good timing, it's all undressed for paint.
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Re: First RC Sub Kit Recommendation(s)

Postby Sub culture » Thu Apr 29, 2010 4:53 am

I'm not sure about the U.S, but here in the UK the Neptune comes in two varieties. Complete and ready to run, with a TX, RX, charger etc. and as a kit which includes everything except the Transmitter and receiver. If you have these already you will save yourself a few bob, which can go towards other things like a spare battery. Also it's worthwhile building it up yourself, as you'll learn how the boat goes together- subs are high maintenance vehicles, so it pays to know how things fit.

The good thing about the Neptune is that it goes together with a screwdriver- no glueing operations, filling- you don't even have to paint it, unless you want to.

There is also a lot of scope for modification in this vehicle.

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