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See the latest RC subs with proportionally controlled ballast tank.

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.