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Jun 13, 2011, 11:06 AM
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Hi Sharky,sorry for the delay in replying.
You are perfectly right about the uboat crane. I too don't like its mouvements.
In the video I wrote that I don'y envy the men inside the submarine.
In any case I'm trying to make the mouvement smoother.
In meantime I finished the workshop with electric wheel and bench vise.
I hope to post another video with everything finished.
soleado (roberto)
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Jun 20, 2011, 12:28 PM
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No problemo!!

Loves your boat. I think that there is a thing caled, a servo delay, witch could make your servo slower, if you cant invent something yourself.

Just checked it its pricy around 67 Euro here in Denmark.
Jun 22, 2011, 02:58 PM
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Or check this out i just found in another thread.
Jun 23, 2011, 12:16 PM
Hello everyone,
I am beginner in this field and I would like to start by building from scratch the "Calypso ship" - the Cousteau research boat, but I do not want to buy a kit, because I really want to build it from beginning to end, I wonder if someone can help me getting the blueprints of it.
Can I count on your help?
Send to:

A big hug to all,
Paulo de Carvalho
Jun 23, 2011, 04:43 PM
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i have never seen plans for the Calypso. You might try:
Class and type: British Yard Minesweeper
Mark 1 Class Motor Minesweeper Name: HMS J-826
Builder: Ballard Marine Railway Company, Seattle, Washington, USA
Laid down: 12 August 1941
Launched: 21 March 1942
Commissioned: February 1943
Recommissioned: BYMS-2026 (1944)
Decommissioned: 1947
Renamed: Calypso (1947)

By the way the kit i snot very easy. It does save you the time looking for matrials.
Jun 23, 2011, 07:37 PM
Thanks for the help Gill.
In fact I do not think it is an easy job, but I like challenges and I am gathering as much information and photos I can.
Again many thanks,
Paulo de Carvalho
Jun 24, 2011, 10:03 AM
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If you back through this thread you will find allot of info on the Calypso.
I like designing and building, but I also like functions. Most of my 107 boats with do every thing that the full size can. This includes my Calypso.
Jun 24, 2011, 04:00 PM
I finally got the plans of the Calypso.
I share them with you:

Scroll down the page to the end and find the plans.
Jun 24, 2011, 05:13 PM
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Hi Sharky,
thanks for the informations about servo speed regulators. I'll buy the one of Hobby King, much cheaper than the Robbe's one.
For Scubapt : if you go to page 48 and following of this thread you'll find lot of design of Calypso that will help you in building the model. Building a boat from the beginning is an hard work, but with an unbelivable satisfaction. Good work !!!!!
Generally I build my models starting from the factory plans and I spend from one to two years to finish them. Calypso I think is the only Kit I bought.
Bye to everybody and thanks again to Sharky.
soleado (roberto)
Jun 25, 2011, 01:16 PM
Hello everyone
Hi soleado!

Thanks for the advice of all.
I hope to do a good job, I know it will be hard, but ... I really like challenges!

Again, thanks for your help,

Paulo de Carvalho
Jul 25, 2011, 06:46 AM
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Hi guys! I`m finally in good progress with my rebuild. I will post pics later, but need some help;

How do I bend the front and "wings" of the wheelhouse? They are made of thin plywood but impossible to bend.. Should I leave the parts in water for a while?
Last edited by Kim79; Jul 25, 2011 at 09:39 AM.
Aug 01, 2011, 08:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Kim79
Hi guys! I`m finally in good progress with my rebuild. I will post pics later, but need some help;

How do I bend the front and "wings" of the wheelhouse? They are made of thin plywood but impossible to bend.. Should I leave the parts in water for a while?
HI KIM, LOOKING GOOD THERE MATE :-) on the bridge wing bits, I made some new ones out of plasti card, these bent easily & were easier to paint also, if not, the first time I built one, I held them over a boiling kettle spout, with some tweezers untill soft, or as you say put them in some boiling water for a while & then glue them in place.
Nice to see it comming along well. All the best Dan.
Aug 02, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Looking real good. The LED lighting looks fantastic. You used about the same number as I did. Total for the boat is 64. There are 18 around the sub well.
Aug 02, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Thanks for the advice dan.lord. I boiled, glued and painted the front of the wheelhouse today, looking good, I think Tomorrow I`ll do the same with the side-pieces.
Thanks for the nice words. I spend about 3,5 hours a day on the rebuild and planning to be finished this month.
The LEDs is 2 x IKEA "GLÄNSA", 10 tiny leds each, powered with 2 x AA batteries each. Fits and works perfectly for this use.

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