Posted by alligator |
Oct 30, 2011 @ 11:12 AM | 3,084 Views
The latest addition to the fleet is my Scale shipyard 1/48 scale (78" ) Gato class submarine modeled after a late WWll boat USS Grouper ss-214.
Work on the boat was recently completed and she had her first shakedown cruise on Oct. 26th, 2011 at a local swimming lake in Osprey Fl.
The boat is a static diving sub equipped with a forced air (Gas ) ballast system which is used to force water from its ballast tank to surface the boat, and driven by Twin- Traxxas Titan Marine 550 14v motors connected to a 3x1 gear reduction unit.
Much of the onboard electrical systems to run the boat are standard in nature, such as its twin ESC (electronic speed controllers), servos, pitch controller, and fail safe unit, which is used to blow the ballast tank upon loss of signal for more than a few seconds, and radio receiver of course.
However, the boat is also equipped with a claxon alarm module which replicates the dive alarm used on all American WWll submarines.
Additionally, The boats bow planes fold up/down remotely by use of a 6v electric motor, and the boats Radar revolves as well. This all controlled thru the radio transmitter.
IMO, The first sail of the Grouper went exceptional well as all sysyems were operational and the boat maneuvered quite well both underwater and on the surface. A video has been provided to the forum of the boat in action.
If you get a chance check her out! Thanks for watching.