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Posted by Quartermaster | Oct 26, 2020 @ 11:10 PM | 6,410 Views
When I returned from my hiatus from the hobby in 2015, I discovered former major vendors were gone, new ones had arisen, and not surprisingly, one giant fossil was still here (Merriman….grrrrrrr!)

To make a long story short, my trusty D&E Miniatures WTC-3.5 suffered from spider cracks from storage in less than pristine conditions, and was subsequently leaking like a sieve (20-30cc in 10 minutes). This cylinder operated 3 of my boats with it’s adjustable ballast tank.

I freakin’ loved that thing. (and I do love Dave lol, rat bastard). He actually told me he thought I was the only one using that crank adjusted ballast tank sharing it on 3 models

But the electronics were outdated, and Dave wasn’t looking to rehash a 20 yo design, especially since he now worked for “the man”. Hey I dig it, I’m surprised any vendor can survive alone for long in such a niche market.

But I decided I was going to need to do more on my own. Focus on what works for me. After all, I had seen all sorts of approaches, done a few myself. Plus after stepping back for a while and entering the world of 1:1 scale Sailboat ownership, I returned with a new set of skills that can easily transfer over, most of which is surprising myself at what I’m capable of, second is that consistency and standardization is the name of the game.

I want to rely more on off the shelf products, one that’s not going to disappear when a vendor does.. I am going to...Continue Reading
Posted by Quartermaster | Oct 11, 2020 @ 10:48 PM | 1,973 Views
Well, as you already know, I had an issue down in GA with my Low Pressure Air Pump (LPAP).

(FWIWI keep this pump in the "wet", if one has room in a dry space, the following would NOT be an issue.)

In an effort to get more run time I decided to replace it this week and get her back online. But before I did so, I wanted to understand exactly what happened. This of course required a post-mortem on the pump.

Despite my best efforts to seal it, it seemed to have suffered from water leaking into the motor housing.

But I quickly learned it was NOT from my seals, but from a seam in the plastic housing. Where I split the plastic housing and you see the rear of the diaphragm pump itself.

That seam DOES NOT HAVE A GASKET! It is inboard of the gasket which seals the actual pump mechanism!

When I first purchased the pump, I bought 5 and built them all up for all my "big" boats. So I had a spare, and now all I have to do is seal this seam, and I'm good. So out came good old Permatex and WHAMO!!

In retrospect, I plan to go with Flex Seal in the future to make them a bit more "clean" in appearance. As this on is hidden under the Command and Control Compartment, I didn't think appearance was important plus I want to "Git 'er done!" qick and back in the water.
Posted by Quartermaster | Aug 21, 2020 @ 10:58 AM | 2,479 Views
Black ABS, lower (ventral) mount fastened to inner hull, top half (Dorsal) pinned in place with two 3/23 "L" shaped brass "Jesus" pins.

Two down, two to go.

Next step is drill for, and install brass inserts. One of the two dorsal sections receives a brass 6-32 insert for which the bottom of the Attack Scope threads into, holding the upper hull on.

After that step comes the acetone bath, then lining the MSD surface w/compressible foam rubber.

Then mount to the hull.

Done.   
Posted by Quartermaster | Aug 17, 2020 @ 11:46 AM | 5,973 Views
Model: USS SHARK SSN-591 (1:48 DeBoer)
Rudder stock repaired. Functions better than ever. The wheel collars are drilled 3/32 to accept the brass jumper and control horn. Solid as a rock, Terminator T-100 grade survivability.
Posted by Quartermaster | Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:13 PM | 6,538 Views
Welcome to Mastic Radio Control Submarine Base (MRCSB)!

Time to get our collective "nerd" on, so accept who you are and join in!!

Well, thanks to my great friend, Capt Bob Gaito, I was introduced to the blog feature here in RCG, so I decided to use it to document my builds, thoughts, experiments and failures. Failures BTW are my greatest.

Currently own 11 RC Submarines in various states of running, refit and new construction.

Details as follows, in order of build/refit priority.

USS SHARK SSN-591
1:48 scale DeBoer SKIPJACK (585) Class
Operational (2.4Ghz)

U25
Krick U25 Unterseeboot Kit (Wood Construction)
Moderate refit: 60% complete (75Mhz)

U-91035 PROTEUS (Fantastic Voyage)
1:15 Rick Teskey hull
New Construction: 75% Complete (75Mhz)

K432
1:96 Scale Shipyard ALFA Class Hull
Easy refit: 60% complete (75Mhz)

USS BLUEBACK SS-581
1:96 Dave Manley BLUEBACK Class Hull
Moderate refit:. 40% complete (75Mhz)

USS KEY WEST SSN-722
1:48 scale DeBoer LOS ANGELES Class Hull
Moderate refit: 25% complete (2.4Ghz)

USS ULYSSES S GRANT SSBN-631
1:96 Scale Shipyard BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (640) Class Hull, modified to JAMES MADISON (627) Class Hull
Easy refit: 60% complete (2.4Ghz)

SSRN SEAVIEW
1:62 scale DeBoer SEAVIEW (80” version) Hull
Extensive refit: 25% complete (2.4Ghz)

USS KRAKEN SS-370
1:48 Scale Shipyard BALAO (285) Class Hull
New Construction: In queue (2.4Ghz)

USS NAUTILUS SSN-571
1:48 DeBoer NAUTILUS (571)...Continue Reading