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Old 07-09-2006, 09:43 PM
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Would this be a good beginner ship? Some info please.

Torpedos(SP) How do they work? What do they do?

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I am thinking it would be OK, regardless of format. Having never built one (or actually seen one that I know of) I don't know of any particular difficulties. A lot of Small Gun Format seem to love the Wee Vee. I have not seen as many Big Gunners adopt it. In Big Gun, Torps are simulated by a 1/4" ball-bearing gun, with a lower firing interval (30 seconds per).

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You might also go to the SubCommittee website. There are two types of torpedos that they recommend: Propel driven torpedos which use compressed air or electic driven torpedo with counter rotating props. My son has made both types. Both are reusable as long as you can find them. The propel torpedos simply need to be recharged. The electric one need to have a timer or they will run until the batteries run out but they look really scale. They also hurt like heck if they hit you in the water. I got hit by one and it cracked my rib.
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Battleships have a lot of room inside and you would not have to be concerned
as much on weight and size reduction of internals verses a a smaller ship of
the same scale. Most battleships are stable in rough water.
I am not sure what scale you are looking at building. 1/144 scale
ships are not too bad to handle but larger ships can be a handful to launch.
My 1/72 scale Wyoming is a small Battleship at only eight feet and I have a
four 25 pound lead weights along with two large batteries to get the
hull to the correct depth in the water.
I am a big fan of cage masts and that would be the version I would build.
But as a "beginner ship" the later war version may be a bit easier than building
cage masts. If you are building for combat, cage mast ships are a lot of
work to maintain. My cages on my USS Wyoming (BB32) seem to attract ball bearings.
The most important thing is to secure a good set of plans and photos.


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