1/230 Revell Skipjack RC conversion
Click here to watch the Revell Skipjack video.
At 1/230 scale, the skipjack is about 13.2"(33.5cm) in length. Nice tear-drop shape gives
this model sub a good maneuverability. The 3-blade prop came with the kit is also quite
effective for this particular model.
RC converting a static display plastic model usually
involves the following steps:(The
technical CD ROM
have lots more info and detail. Submarine FAQ page
also have some explanations about the conversion examples here.)
1. Fabricating and installing functional rudders, stabilizer, propeller shaft...
Note that the pushrods in the picture were made of brass and carbon fiber rods. Carbon
fiber rods are strong. They are also lighter brass, so you can reduce the amount of foam
needed to float the sub. (WPCPU and the plastic hull are heavier than water)
2. Fitting the DD-WPCPU
into the sub.
Insert 4XAAA NiMH batteries into WPCPU.
Seal the WPCPU with gasket, rubber band...
Fit the WPCPU into the Skipjack.
3. Ballasting and testing the sub.
Use foam plate to ballast the sub. Foam plates are available in supermarket or party store. This is
a very convenient ballasting material. Simply cut them into desired size with a pair of scissors or
knife. You can also tear them into smaller pieces with your fingers.
Pieces of foam were bundled together with electrical tape. Then, they were fitted into the sub.
Skipjack sits in water.
Click here to watch the Revell SkipjacK video.