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Dec 05, 2011, 09:10 AM
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Snort 1/350 Typhoon conversion

Hi lads,

I have this Dragon/Italeri kit since the early 90' when attempted to motorize it
A month ago i thought that could be the right model to try dry hull technique.
Thanks to cmpang and epg800 for providing inspiration and food for thought.

Studying for boating licence beyond 12Nm gave me the impulse to try again to do a stuffing box for subs. I've bought some brass fasteners used to joint two glass panels and, with my trusty Hobbymat lathe, modified them into a working stuffing box. They were tested with a garden hose and they seem to work.

Snort system will feature a very neat idea from the Wizard: magnetic coupled guillotine slide valve!
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Dec 06, 2011, 09:06 AM
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Can you provide more info about those stuffing boxes you made?
Dec 06, 2011, 09:34 AM
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Watertight boxes are almost finished.
Front battery box will have removable transparent lid while the larger radio box will receive a fiberglass sheet lid siliconed over with a trasparent removable inspection window.
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Dec 06, 2011, 09:49 AM
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redboat219, what do you want to know?
They work just like the real ones: some oakum is compressed against the shaft.
I just used cotton fiber instead of oakum.
Dec 06, 2011, 07:42 PM
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Thanks for the illustration. Now I understand what you did with the screw binder. You turned down that big flat head and bored a hole for the shaft to pass through.

Did you do it for both ends or just one?

Interesting set-up with the snort pump.
So you'll be using the middle section of the hull directly as the ballast tank.
I assume the slide valve would be under the upper hull.

Would you be extending the sides of the ballast tank down into the lower hull? With the longitudinal seam running down the length of the hull the air bubble your ballast tank would be confined just to the upper hull. Any more and it'll bubble out the seams.
Dec 06, 2011, 09:33 PM
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Exactly redboat219, I turned down the two flat heads and then slowly bored the jointed piece with a 1,2mm drill bit then reamed down to 1,5mm.
Then just slipped in the 1,5mm shaft, unscrew, pack with cotton fiber plus grease and closed everything.

Yes, the midship section will be used as a ballast tank...well, an air tank because wil be filled with air just to take the sub from "half the sail dry" to the correct floating level.

The slide valve will be over the ceiling of the tank, the picture should clear any doubt.
In any case I'll steer you to the wizard's thread :
Posts 69 & 70.

I will extend the sides of the ballast tank down in the lower hull. Water will enter from some holes below (must look for underside view of the beast just to get some ideas)

I've opened the holes for stuffing boxes and bellows, tacked the motors with some bluetack and runned them, they run fairly smooth
Dec 07, 2011, 12:11 AM
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When will be the shake down cruise? Can't wait to see those creation of yours working.

Btw, what electronics, motors and props are you using?
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Dec 07, 2011, 07:00 AM
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Frankly speaking, I don't know...At the moment this is a pet project: the main one is to pass the boating license exams.
Must find some thixotropic agent for the laminating epoxy I want to use to glue down boxes.
Dec 07, 2011, 09:56 PM
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After some well executed navigation and dead reckoning exercises I've decided to go ahead with Typhoon.

Decided to use UHU plus to secure those box interiors.
While waiting UHU to catalyze, I've done dive plane (beaver tail) and rudder.
Used 2mm plasticard and fiberglass sheet.
Also, I've cut the top portion of the stern.

About electronics, I'm going to use a shultze delta 540 receiver, three chopper servos, a micro modified sphygmomanometer pump, a microswitch, two in series diodes, two graupner speed 265 in parallel and a 10amp plane ESC.
Props will be handmade, as usual, with copper sheet and brass round stock.

In the meanwhile, I was thinking to try out a dry hull with bayonet lock ring for the next project.
Well, I found in a russian forum, a dead simple method to make a bayonet lock ring.
Please, leave an opinion.
Dec 07, 2011, 10:36 PM
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Did you check out that link I showed cmpang about a similar Typhoon conversion? It just uses a simple plug in connection, no need for a twist locking mechanism. Hydrostatic pressure ensures the hull stays connected.

BTW, Can you give the link to that Russian site?
Last edited by redboat219; Dec 08, 2011 at 05:36 AM.
Dec 09, 2011, 12:11 PM
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That german guy is really a genius...He and SilentHunter...Their micro piston tanks leave me speechless.
But I was looking for a simple locking design for a larger model and this russian one is perfect.
Sorry but I didn't saved the position of that pic but the forum is this one:
I can remember that it was near the end of the of the thread contained the word "submarine".

In the meanwhile I've managed to install servos and motors, figure out and build the ballast control system, rudder and dive planes and glue everything on the hull.
Tonight I'm going to epoxy the seams and build some props
Dec 09, 2011, 11:43 PM
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Is this your first conversion project? Everything looks damn straight and clean.
Dec 12, 2011, 12:15 AM
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Thank yoy redboat219,
this is my first conversion of this kind (i.e. dry hull)
Have a WTC Kilo and Seawolf coversions under my belt.

I had to correct some errors:
_forgot to put a chunk of lead in the radio section.
_silicone couplers were struggling against torque, reinforced them with some heatshrink tube.
Installed a tab and magnetic lock for the upper hull and a main switch in the battery section.
I've also built the tank section with its guillotine valve.

Tomorrow will do propellers and paint.
Must look for suitable decals in the LHS.
Dec 12, 2011, 01:56 AM
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I was looking over the pictures when I noticed that your snort pump is not like what David M. uses. It only has one nipple on top.Actually it looks a lot like the one I took out of an old mini digital sphygmomanometer (good for RCABS not SNORT). The air enters through holes on top next to the exhaust nipple. These holes are equipped with one way valves so air flows only in one direction.

In yours I see that the induction tube goes into the side. Could you discuss how you modified it. I plan to modify mine too.

Thank you.
Dec 12, 2011, 09:13 AM
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I was desperate too about the absence of the second nipple, but then i realized that somewhere there was obviously some kind of air intake.
And indeed there it is,a small rectangle hole on one side!
Then, it's a matter of disassemble and open up that small rectangle with your exacto just enough to cram in a short tube to make a nipple or a longer one if you need a snorkel. Take care not to pierce those little rubber cups and do not use glue, just rely on "vice effect".

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