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Posted by Quartermaster | Oct 11, 2020 @ 10:48 PM | 1,411 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 exactlywhat 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 learnedit 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 builtthem 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 ControlCompartment, I didn't think appearance was important plus I want to "Git 'er done!" qickand back in the water.
Posted by Quartermaster | Aug 21, 2020 @ 10:58 AM | 1,960 Views
Black ABS, lower (ventral) mount fastened to inner hull, top half (Dorsal) pinned in place with two 3/23 "L" shapedbrass "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 threadsinto, holding the upper hull on.

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

Then mount to the hull.

Done.
Posted by Quartermaster | Aug 17, 2020 @ 11:46 AM | 5,424 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 | 6,033 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