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Old 08-23-2005, 11:42 PM
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Hey Guys,
NOt really into R/C Subs but into the Surface boating my self. i was just wondering how you would actually see your sub running or even moving when its underwater? what happens if its under water and you hit a rock or something it gets damage? isn't that easy money lose? was just curious but that is crazy. hehehe

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Old 08-24-2005, 10:26 AM
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well obviously u wouldnt operate it where u cant see it. slow moving rivers and ponds are a very good place when the water is clear. if a sub breaks when hitting a rock then it is a peice of crap because subs are strong so they can take the pressure of the water. besides most people put safety systems in them so that if it loses range or is stuck it will automaticly surface or emite a very bright light
Old 09-13-2005, 01:53 PM
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I have a $20 Wal-Mart sub, a simple "dynamic diver" (no ballast tanks), so I'm not too concerned with losing money.

You can see an RC sub easy in a clear pool. But in a pond where you can't see it down more than a foot, I still think it's cool to cruise it just like you would your RC surface boat, then send it under for a moment. I think it's kind of fun to just come up until the periscope cuts the surface, then duck back under. Not seeing the sub isn't a problem because if my sub goes out of range and loses signal, the motor stops and it's weighted to come back to the surface where I can see it and walk closer.

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Old 09-15-2005, 05:42 PM
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Simple thing, if you can see a fish swimming underwater, you can see your sub.
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:33 PM
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But I think RCSumo's exploits are the funniest:




I used my sub @ the lake this weekend. The water was VERY murky...I could only see my sub 1 inch below the surface! This made for perfect stealth manuveurs around unsuspecting swimmers and dogs. Now I have been running my boat for almost a year now and can pretty well guide my boat short distances without seeing it. So I started sneaking up on lil swimmers . They would approach the sub like" cool toy!" then I would hit the surface and reverse the boat......she goes down in a second. The combo of raising the nose with surface command and the constant on power of reverse makes her slip into the deep FAST. The kids would turn and look for someone to confirm what they just saw.

"did you see that?!?!" and a few kids my come and look into the water to try to grab the boat. At which point I would have her cruising away about 15 feet from where they saw it. If I had had 5 of them in my car I woulda been able to sell them for $25 a pop easy
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I've had a close call early this spring when the modified USS Dallas sub (blue/gray color) I had got stuck in some underwater weeds about 1 foot below the surface of the pond.
I could barely see the outline of the stricken sub. It was about 10 feet away from the edge of the pond which was at least five to six feet deep.

Since I did not like the idea of going into the pond to retrieve the Dallas sub nor did I like the idea of loosing a second sub ( lost the 1st Wally sub prototype 1 year ago) I simply sent in my Nikko "Ocean Explorer" submarine. This sub has an endurance runtime that exceeds the Wally sub & has more positive bouyancy. It has the same shape as the Wally sub only TEN times larger & twice as fast.

After about 15 minutes of circling & pushing the smaller Wally sub (underwater), it finally broke free of the underwater weeds that it was anchored to. The Wally sub prop (modified) was jammed due to the weeds. Again, I sucessfully used the bright Yellow/White colored Nikko "Ocean Explorer" sub to push the Wally sub back to shore.

This is my first Submarine to submarine rescue. Maybe nextime I'll attach a towing arm to the Nikko submarine because I've used it once to rescue one of my r/c boats.

The thrid photo shows vunerability of the external mod prop of the Wally sub. The fourth photo shows that while the similar external prop on the Nikko sub can get jammed by underwater weeds, the "tiller" type steering system can be wiggled to free it of underwater weeds.
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Old 09-17-2005, 11:58 AM
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Has anybody managed to find a light, self-contained with its power source, to mount on an RC sub? At Wal-Mart I looked at Tireflys last night--automotive lights designed to sit on a tire's valve stem. They're motion-sensing and I guess they light when the car gets up to speed.

I tried to make them light with the motion the sub would give them, though, and got nothing--I had to thunk 'em to see their momentary light. Maybe their batteries were low.

They didn't seem good for locating a stuck sub. Wish I could find a version that stayed on anytime a battery was installed--that would be good for night cruising.
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A light when running your sub at night would be a really great help (you can tell Captain Nemo that when he's running the Nautilus at 1800 feet!), but having a light emit in deep water on a sunny day would be useless, how about using a buoy instead?
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You're right, lights on a sunny day would be useless--but on a sunny day, I'm less averse to jumping in after my fave toy. I'm thinking of doing some night runs, though--I think it would be cool to have the light on the pond.
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Hello, i am from Portugal, and i wold like to now were can i get one Nikko "Ocean Explorer" like yours on the net?
Its great, and i wold like to put one video camera on the front.
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The latest version of the Nikko "Ocean Explorer" is called "Seawolf". It should be available over the net on your side of the pond . I've tried installing a video camera on the Ocean explorer sub but ran into balancing & waterproofing problems.
I'm sure it can be done, all I needed was more time to work on the problems. The submarine underwater camera is currently mothballed until I find time to work on it again . The front plastic dome of the Nikko subs are the best place to mount those small video cams.
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Old 06-26-2006, 10:13 AM
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Thats where i whant to install, but i just whanted to now if somone have already mounted one. Outside its not the same.

I was thinking in this one:
http://www.hobbybrinca.pt/radiomodel...products_id=61

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http://www.chavessa.com/video/submari.wmv
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ORIGINAL: diasje

Thats where i whant to install, but i just whanted to now if somone have already mounted one. Outside its not the same.

I was thinking in this one:
http://www.hobbybrinca.pt/radiomodel...products_id=61

Video:
http://www.chavessa.com/video/submari.wmv
I think you should check out this link:[link]http://www.rc-sub.com/underwatercamera.html[/link] This may be what you're looking for. His design appears to be sucessful.
Old 06-27-2006, 06:25 PM
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Yes that system was created by David Merriman and I have one. Works great.

http://sneill.com/akula/akula_3.wmv

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Originally Posted by CrunchyFrog View Post
Has anybody managed to find a light, self-contained with its power source, to mount on an RC sub? At Wal-Mart I looked at Tireflys last night--automotive lights designed to sit on a tire's valve stem. They're motion-sensing and I guess they light when the car gets up to speed.

I tried to make them light with the motion the sub would give them, though, and got nothing--I had to thunk 'em to see their momentary light. Maybe their batteries were low.

They didn't seem good for locating a stuck sub. Wish I could find a version that stayed on anytime a battery was installed--that would be good for night cruising.
Those lights rely on centrifugal force to make them switch on. You canít make that connection while traveling forward.
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I am testing see if I could post anything.
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