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Jan 01, 2003, 03:16 PM
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1/96 scale Torpedos

Hi all,

Does anyone know of any 1/96 scale propel torpedo designs or kits you can purchase. I was thinking about designing some for my new Thor Sturgeon class boat.

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Jan 02, 2003, 09:18 PM
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I made some 1/32nd scale for my U-Boat. Pretty neat wow effect but a pain in the ***. I used some hollow aluminum tube,glued in a aluminum rod with a hole drilled though and added a shraeder valve. My front wtc has a spare servo I used to pull a pin out the rear of the torp sending it on its way. Go to RC_submarines.tripod. Look around and you will see plans for a propel type which I use. I got pics and all just let me know.
Jan 02, 2003, 09:22 PM
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The pic is an early operational mock up. When the pushrod pulls back, it pulls the pins out the torpedoes releasing the gas. Each ring attached to the end of the pin are at different lenghts so I can fire off each one at a time. Here is a pic of a earlier torp.
Jan 03, 2003, 06:58 PM
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Thanks for the reply JimJam.

It will be quite a feet to make 1/96 scale torpedos work right.
I have just created some Catia (cad) solid models and at 1/4" diameter, it is the same size as a Schrader valve itself minus the theaded valve stem. Very light weight aluminum is in order here with as minimal floatation as possible. I will post some pic's of my design this weekend. It is the same basic concept as everyone else that uses the propel gas theory. But I have a little (and I mean little) cleaner package.

Jan 03, 2003, 08:42 PM
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Its a real hassle to get the torpedo and its delivery system to work consistantly. Also kinda scary toting around a charged torp waiting to go off. The only reason I attemped it was to please my freinds. I go on and on about how complex my sub is, how many gizmos and thingies it has and how scale it is. But the first thing people say is, " Cool, but will it shoot torpedoes?"
Jan 03, 2003, 09:31 PM
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Ya gotta try.
Jan 06, 2003, 08:40 AM
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Gas Torpedo's

You could try using the body of a small pen blow torch from an automotive store as they already have a filler valve fitted to them.
They are also smaller in size than the 1/32 scale torpedo's
Regards Keith
May 30, 2004, 02:58 PM
Got CAD ?
I read about these in a magazine and the article mentioned when you put your sub into the water since it is colder the pieces contract and the torpedo could "cook off" by accident.

Never point your sub towards anyone it could be very embarrasing / dangerous if you torpedo someone.
May 30, 2004, 07:31 PM
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Overall I felt it just was not worth the hassle both in setup, torp construction,filling them and chasing them down and getting wet. Most run propel but I adapted my sub and torps to use the stuff you blow electronics off with under various names like Dust Off. Propel is expensive and sometimes hard to get unless you order it. You can easily find this stuff everywhere and runs $4 or less a can. I do not think my torps had the velocity to hurt anyone but watching that liquid money spew out the backs of em hurt my wallet.
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Oct 04, 2005, 12:02 PM
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Or; if to amuse your pals a Timex will do, in lieu of a Swiss watch...

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