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Old 01-21-2017, 04:52 PM
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Hello members,

After 25 years of collecting dust, my submarine is coming out of retirement. I purchased her from a client back in 90' or 91'. She was a prop in the movie F/X2. She took out a bad guy in the film. Her moment of fame I suppose. I had her sorted at a local hobby shop when I first got her, but never had the chance to pilot her.

So long story short, My first step is to see if I can find out what submarine she is based on. I have looked at pics on the web and haven't found a match yet. Maybe a member will know?
Second step, get her up and running again.

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Martin
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:40 PM
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I'll break it to you easy. She is a Hollywood sub. The majority of the sub is a Type XXIII or also spelled Type 23, but no Type 23 had a deck gun. Google search and you will see.
It is a gas ballast system. You WILL want to change the storage tank to a copper tank. The PVC ones are not used anymore. There were issues of it bursting. It looks like there is some rust on the dive planes, but that is not a biggie. I would also worry about the seals. Not sure where you live Martin, but there are bubble heads across the nation that can help you. I am in Nevada, but sail with some other bubbleheads in Southern California.

Once set set up correctly, that is a fine running sub.

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Thank-you for your input Gato.Submarine. Much appreciated.

As mentioned, I had her sorted out at a local RC hobby shop when I first purchased her and the memory is a tad bad, but I recall them saying it needed freon to shoot the torpedoes, but I don't recall if freon was used for the ballast too.

As a complete novice, I'm thinking I may be in over my head on this,,,,,,,,,,,
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Do not give up or be that quick to quit. If this is something you really want to do, we can get you to that point.
However, if it is just a whim, you are right it might be. However we can step you through it.
What are you going to do?
if you decide you do not want it, let me know.

Here is a photo of my son driving our 32nd parallel Type XXIII (he was 7 years old I believe):
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Old 01-23-2017, 06:17 PM
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Nice photo! I have a 4.5 acre pond that I would like to try the submarine in but lacking experience (and time) is a worry. It would not be fun to have a mishap and then have to find her,
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Old 01-23-2017, 07:26 PM
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There are failsafes that can be installed. Like, low battery or loss of signal and the sub will blow the tank.

As far as time goes, I get that. Almost every night there is something going on. Even the weekends get filled. I try to get an hour or two in when I can.

Just know that help is an email away or closer. Let me know if or how I can help.
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You have a well built sub. Give it & yourself the time to do it right. You can do all tests on the bench. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES AT ALL TIMES !!!!!!!!!!!


Air is perfect to test all systems first.
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I suggest you look at 2 RC Subs websites - the SubCommittee.com and Sub-Drivers.com. Excellent sources for anything RC Sub related and people very forthcoming with information.
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