Dug out the half finished Revell Gato a few nights ago (dropped due to women, money and work load)
So time to get the WTC finished and get this thing floating.... or not as the case may be.
Hoping some of you genius folk can help me with a few questions.... numbered them to help answers
1) How to set up the ballast system.
I have a WTC with a balloon system inside the ballast tank. To set this up, do I empty the ballast tank (fill the balloon) and then ballast the sub to sit correctly to her waterline.
Therefore, when I empty the ballast tank, she should submerge - fingers crossed.
If this is the correct way, then how do you get the sub to maintain a depth? The ADC will be controlling the rear planes. I control the front planes.
While under way, the ADC will affect the rear planes and hopefully keep her to the depth I want (assuming no input from me on the front planes). But that is surely using the water flow over the rear planes.
When I kill the power and therefore forward motion, the ADC will become reduntant. So then she will sink further because the ballast is still set to the point that sunk her the first time around.
Does that make sense?
Or... am I missing something here.
To my mind, the ADC should control both the ballast and the rear planes. When she gets to the required depth, the ADC alters my ballast contents for me. Is that how an ADC works? I didn't think it was.
Speaking of ADC's.... my God... expensive!
While on electronics... APC's.
2) Simply a module that counteracts the pitch of the sub by altering the rear planes I assume. Can both the APC and the ADC control the same set of planes? Do they not argue!
3) Running lights. Probably not many on a GATO, but I can't find any details of them.
4) What type of paint do you recommend for finshing these models in.
Thanks guys, hope to get a build thread up an running asap