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Pictures of Albacore model subs - pics of interior anyone?

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Postby all ahead flank » Fri Mar 07, 2003 9:37 pm


Just started work on a SubTech Albacore a couple days ago...

The instructions are pretty vague, and many of the tasks that are called for are out of order, along with the pictures.

Can someone send me pictures of their Albacore, along with a whole bunch of pics of the water tight (electronics) cylinder?


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Postby all ahead flank » Mon Mar 10, 2003 4:18 pm

Has No one built an Albacore BEFORE??

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Postby AntoineL » Mon Mar 10, 2003 5:45 pm


I built an Albacore 2 years ago. It is sold now. Unfortunatly I didnt take any pics during the construction, but feel free to email me , I would be glad to help you if I can.


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Postby 66-1047397270 » Tue Mar 11, 2003 12:44 pm

I built a Albacore in 2001 and rebuilt it again in the winter of 2002 only to loose it in a Duck Pond on her maiden voyage after her refit. Thierry Cervetti helped me do the rebuild and improve on quite a few areas. The good new is I have lots of Photos of the original and refit build. I can email these to you if you like or it may be easier to do a transfer using msn. I'm on msn as my email is [email][/email] FYI after much searching I have deduced that the loss of my sub was not a true sinking as Thierry and I had tested the refit in a pool with no troubles, but rather a loss due to enviromental conditions. The pond she was lost in is basiccally a duck pond, approx. 6 ft deep but down 4 feet is a crust of decay matter over about 2 feet of further decaying stuff. I think on dive to evade a oncoming sailboat I dove a untested sub at full throttle which caused the albacore to pucnh a hole throught the crust and eventually come to rest downstream of the hole she created in this crust and the boyancy of the sub even with the failsafe charge of propel can't break her throught this crust. So until i basiccally almost walk on her she is stuck in the junk.
So my hard learned advise is this, know the water your diving in and adjust operations to match conditions. And a failsafe is good but two are better. If I had some sort of pinger or blinking light on the sub the divers might have heard or saw her and retreived her. Also until your confident in your new sub and local waters make sure to have a visible paint job. My albacore was Flat Black with no high visibilty markings even so underwater in murky water she is well hidden.


Postby boatbuilder1 » Wed Mar 12, 2003 11:18 pm

I am on my fith albacore now (buildgin for customers ) I can talk you through just about anything
no pics scanned in yet but my advise is take you time and continually move the items around in the pressure hull until your satisfied its fits right and is balacnced good
it takes me about twice to get this done an everyone I have done
try to get all wires and connectors under the bulkheads you will need some servo extensions and for your first month or so make it a visisble paint scheme
light grey with orange nose is good and a few oragne ovals on the deck to aid visibility
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Postby Robse » Thu Mar 13, 2003 3:49 am

To Brad: Sorry to hear about your loos. Have you considered using a metal detector? Sure there's some metal in the sub, and surely it's not deap into the settlement on the bottom.
I must say that the hairs rose on my back when reading about your loss during active mission, I'm currently boulding an Ohio sub, and what you describe is my **WORST** nightmare. They can take my cat, they can take my dog, but I surely don't wanna loose my sub once complete. :-)

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Postby Ron » Thu Mar 13, 2003 9:31 am


I do not have any pictures that I can forward, but if you have questions I would be more than happy to help. I built an Albacore last year and am very pleased with its performance. I
would suggest you follow the instructions though. Skip has them set up that way for a reason, especially if this your first sub. Also do not hesitate to call skip if you are really stuck. He was really great in helping me over some questions I had as a first time rc sub builder.

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Postby all ahead flank » Thu Mar 13, 2003 8:43 pm


i called skip, and he told me that he sent the wrong instructions...

in the instructions that he sent, they never said that the ballast tank had to be propped up on a ballast tank base, so I just drilled holes in the bottom of the ballast tank by eye... which screwed me up a lot(but skip is sending new instriuctions + a finished ballast system for free)

back on schedule as of today

thanks for the posts everyone

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