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PostSubject: Skipjack submarine    Sat May 05, 2018 11:39 pm

While the varnish is drying on the last part of the Bruma I’ve started my next project. A 1:72 scale Revell Skipjack submarine. This I’m going to modify along with a big helping hand from Ron of R&R model engineering. The Revell plastic kit has been in my hands for a few weeks now and I’m itching to start it. 
    After searching the internet to find the best way to get this to work I came across R&R model engineering and I really like the look of the pumped tank module conversion kit he was selling. So after a few emails and phone calls the kit was ordered Very Happy:bounce:Very Happy
    So to start the project I’ve assembled the two half’s or I should say 4 parts of the hull together. First the 2 front parts were sellotaped together and the same went for the rear ended. These two half were then glued together. After this is all dried and set the upper and lower half’s will be separated making way for the pump module to be fitted. 






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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Sun May 06, 2018 12:49 am

I built the revellers gator class sub a few years ago and found the kit easily built as well as highly detailed, more so the fact revell added additions for the sub to be modded for rc belive it or not with the hull being able to be built and split so the central section be used for rc gear.

There are times I wish I had taken the effort to rc the model and I suspect if I had paid the original £70 asking price I may have done just that but getting it for £30 on a going out of business sale put it into my shelf collection.

I look forward to seeing this build go forward and what you do with it!

Keep us posted!

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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Mon May 07, 2018 10:26 pm

Most of the day was spent gardening today cleared out all the weeds or was they flowers  Question who knows.But I did managed to make a stand


  


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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 1:28 am

Good soild stand.

Looking forward to seeing this get built, we haven’t had a working rc sub build on the forum yet, it’s a nice change.

Do these tank kits work on other models? I would like to do a 2nd Gato class if possible.

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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 6:18 pm

I can’t see why not. Ron has a few different sizes and types on his website. This was a kit designed for the skipjack and came with extras for that model but if the module fit in another submarine I can’t see there being a problem. I’m going to the Bournville five in on Sunday I will ask the question.
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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 6:39 pm

The pump module is now I my hands and what a piece of kit. All I need to fit is battery, 2 speed controls one for the pump and other the motor and receiver. The kit came with everything I need prop shaft, brass bearings, steering linkages and pushrods, module carrier  and hull fixtures. 
I’ve glue the the module carries and with the elastic bands this holds everything in place. 
Next I’m going to do the tricky bit and the rear end of the top section 


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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 7:48 pm

Looks likes cracking bit of kit 2thumbsup hopefully it doesn’t come with a god awful price tag

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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 8:05 pm

For what you get and the other products out I would said a good price. Just short of £300 but to the  Revell Skipjack was £50. £350 is not bad for a submarine
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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Tue May 08, 2018 9:11 pm

Tail cut. Went easier then I thought. Rubber bands to hold the tail in place and plastic strip cemented in place. 
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PostSubject: Re: Skipjack submarine    Wed May 09, 2018 12:49 pm

Excellent so far I’m really enjoying this kit bash, as for the mechanical unit, £300 seams a fair price when you think what’s involved to build one yourself!

I’ll have a good look into those at some point, I’m currently prepping a new project so money and resources are prioritised there.

Keep up the good work and looking forward to details on how all the electrics work!

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