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Mar 02, 2012, 09:49 AM
SA-2 Samson

1:32 scale Type 9 U-Boat build (WHU short kit )

Hi all -
I am building my first R/C sub, and thought it would be cool to post pictures and descriptions as I go along.
This way guys who have done this before can advise me if there is a better way to do something, or if my theory is flawed!
Also, other beginners might be inspired once they see it is not as intimidating a task as it first appears.
If this is not the proper venue for me to post this sort of thread, please let me know. I am new to this whole internet forum thing, and I do not want to "step on anyone's toes" by posting this sort of build thread in a inappropriate place.

Thanks Much ! David in the frozen midwestern USA
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Mar 02, 2012, 01:09 PM
SA-2 Samson
Also, how can I get the "Discussion" changed to "build thread" ??
Mar 02, 2012, 01:59 PM
RC sub dude
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I don't think you can, you have to select the thread type when you first make the new post. Doesn't matter anyways, the important things are the name and content

Any pictures of your build so far?
Mar 02, 2012, 02:49 PM
SA-2 Samson
I have been taking photos as I go along, so I have a few ready to post.
Just looking for the best place to post them !
Mar 02, 2012, 05:33 PM
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Post them here, as you reply, scroll down to "Attach Files" and click "Manage Attachments" then upload your pics from your computer. This can't be done in "Quick Reply", you have to go advanced.
Mar 02, 2012, 05:57 PM
SA-2 Samson
I will begin doing that tomorrow !
Mar 02, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Are you building a kit or from scratch?
You're right when you said it's an intimidating first build. At 1/32 scale your Type IX is about 8 ft long.

What ballast system are you planning to use?
Last edited by redboat219; Mar 02, 2012 at 08:12 PM.
Mar 02, 2012, 09:12 PM
SA-2 Samson
I have a "short kit" from warship hulls unlimited.
7 feet, 10 and 1/2 inches long.
Will trim her to "Just barely positive bouyant"
and then use ballast tanks to pull her up all the way for surface runs.
use forward motion and down-plane-angles to dive dynamically.
at least, that is the present plan of attack !
Think I will use propane for blowing tanks. (?)
Mar 02, 2012, 09:18 PM

your right its not to scary

I built my first sub 2 years ago I never built one before so post away I look forward to your pics and advice. These guys here rock and they really know their stuff no question asked is considered dumb,all advice is given freely and with out any additude. I have lots of pics of my first build and later mods, let me know what your building and maybe I can help you as well. take care and done give up,
Mar 03, 2012, 12:29 AM
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Ok. Not much info out there about Warship Hulls Unlimited Type IX. The only one I found is at the Subcommitte forum. http://s181686668.onlinehome.us/phpB...=10415&start=0

Some might object with your plan on using Propane, saying it's dangerous and an explosion hazard. But so is Propel which is composed of Butane/methane. So just make sure there's no spark source anywhere.

Will you go with a dry or wet hull?
Mar 03, 2012, 03:45 AM
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I looked up your hull to see the price, I saw $175 and thought that wasn't too bad, then I saw that was just the shipping cost, LOL. Good luck with your project.
Mar 03, 2012, 06:55 AM


I tried to find the sub in question the closest one I could find was one that was78" long but it is 400.00 USD. I saw shipping for 110.00 If you can show me link I will buy one for 175.00.

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