Hi folks, following my usual protocol when joining a forum as an FNG, and posting an intro post.
Ive very recently decided to ditch my main hobby/sport of 25 years (pistol shooting) and take up RC modeling, submarines in particular. The shooting hasnt been my only hobby, gokarts, model (surface) boats, model cars, Rallying, hillclimbs, and making stuff in my shed has kept me busy.
Ive had a fascination with Submarines since growing up in the Aussie city of Sydney in the late 70's and early 80's, in a harborside suburb called Neutral Bay. Neutral Bay, at the time was home to the Royal Australian Navy submarine base, HMAS Platypus.
I spent many years of my childhood fishing from the local wharf which was a stones throw away from where the boats anchored, marvelling at what they did when they dissapered, sometimes for months on end. I still recall a friend of mine and I when we were in our early teens fishing from our "tinnie" one day in the harbour, we decided we would venture a bit closer to these wonderful machines.
It was with much bemusement at the time when a couple of the RANs finest appeared on the dock and told us in quite colourful language to "please turn yourself around and paddle back to the wharf" (not quite the language they used).
It was only years later, having worked in various civilian capacitys in a number of Government jobs I finally worked out these amazing machines real purpose, anyway, that in itself is another story.
So, in a quest to do something a little different, im going to scratch build a static diving model of a VIIC (Das Boot is one of my favorite films). Ive done a fair bit of online research and understand a static diver is markedly harded then a dynamic boat. Im prepared to accept the inevitable issues which crop up in my quest for a realistic working model.
Im no stranger to RC cars and surface boats, and have a lot of experience fabricating small and large scale parts for models, right up to full sized vehicles (basically im what we call in Australia; a jack of all trades and master of none).
Experience in a wide variety of things notwithstanding, I know im up for a fair bit of work and will relish the challenge.
If youve taken the time to read this far, thanks, and I look forward to gaining some valuable information from this site, and hopefully sharing something positive with the other contributors.