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Aug 07, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Bluefish Maiden Voyage

Just back from the pond with my Dumas Bluefish intact. I had always hesitated to tackle this product due to its troubled reputation. But I found this build to be one of the easiest and quickest. (I do have thin fingers though).

The secret may have been with my choice of glue. I used a two part product called "Plastic Welder" from Devcon (I believe). This stuff really does "weld" plastic together.

As for the run today....

Good news - It floats, it resurfaced, and it stayed dry inside.
Bad news - Radio range with my 27 Mhz Futaba was only about 12 feet. Also some minor condensation inside.

I will need to remove some ballast as it was a tad heavy in the stern. That may explain why it loved to dive and go deep in a hurry.

If you don't recognize the silhouette, this model was built to resemble my Great Uncle's command, the pre-war V-7, USS Dolphin SS-169. He was in command of this sub when it was docked in Pearl Harbor for major work during the month of December 1941.

For the hatch, I used square nuts encased in styrene under the compartment top to mate with 6/32 screws coming down through a clear plastic cover.. The clear styrene cover uses a rubber shelf liner to create the seal. The ESC is a Viper which is a waterproof design.

Any thoughts on how to improve the radio range?
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Aug 12, 2010, 11:26 AM
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Nice build you have an awesome model there, as far as your range question I would suggest talking to the sub guys as I am sure they have come across this before.
Aug 12, 2010, 12:46 PM
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from all i heard about this sub , i was always hesitant to pull the trigger, till i saw your post, so i will have that to assemble soon also.
Nov 14, 2010, 09:49 AM
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I'm hoping to build one soon. Is yours setup to be static or dynamic diving?
Nov 14, 2010, 06:34 PM
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Dynamic. For me, the hull was simply too small to accommodate the equipment needed for static diving. Though the running season is now over in the Midwest, I have logged four successful voyages now. I solved the radio range problem with fresh transmitter batteries. I cannot emphasize enough how the proper choice of glue made the difference between a struggle and a success. Good luck!

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