1/50th scale British Upholder complete!

I'm very happy to say that the Upholder has undergone her maiden voyage and it went flawlessly! Well, almost flawlessly... ;) The boat handled perfectly, and aside from some very significant sail induced rolling (its a thing... look it up!) it was a dream to operate. The only hiccup of the day came when I just had to push things one step too far and really open up the model to see how fast I could get it. I dove to periscope depth and gave it full throttle with forward trim fully engaged. Like a torpedo, she struck out, leaving behind a sizeable wake. That is, until I blew out the 7.5A fuse that I'd installed and she slowed to a gentle stop and came back to the surface. Fortunately the day w

Total Immersions Nautilus - Beware the Beast!

There is an old proverb that says something to the effect of, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is." The Total Immersions Nautilus kit by Lee Seiler is definitely one of those things. Now, I've known Lee's kits for nearly a decade now, and have personally assembled a large number of them for customers (frustrated with the process of working with such a challenging product, but I digress). There are a few things that you need to understand about Lee's kits: First off, they can build into a beautiful model. If you can work through the challenges, you'll wind up with a great display piece with lots of really interesting detail. However, the manner that Lee managed to create this detaile

The Death of the Modeler

I'm a techie, I have to admit. I love new technology and how it impacts the world and our daily lives. One of the technologies that I'm most engaged with is 3D Printing. For those of you who have no clue about what I'm talking about, 3D printing is basically the technology that allows the translation of a digital drawing into a physical object. There are a number of technologies that printers use to accomplish this, but the most common by far is something called FFD, or Fused Filament Distribution. The printer takes a digital object, slices it into very thin layers (about 0.1mm thick), then prints the layers one at a time, one on top of the other, in order to build up a 3D object. Plastic fi

British Upholder Build in 1/50th scale

This build blog will be a bit disjointed as I include work done previous to my creation of the new website. Look for more blog posts on this build with more photos and videos as I progress! December 22nd, 2015: Work officially commenced on this project and begins with setting up the bulkheads in the lower hull section to accept the Dive Module. These were drafted in Google Sketchup and printed on my Makerbot 3D printer in PLA plastic. Installation of the cylinder is going very fast and smooth. Simply remove one stainless bolt in the front section, slide the entire dive module forward, and it comes free easily. The main drive battery selected is a 5000mAh NiMh pack rated at 12V. January

Check out the new site!

So, after years of the same webpage I've finally bitten the bullet and invested in a proper, high-horsepower website to share this amazing hobby with the world. The Nautilus Drydocks site will now encompass not only my new build blogs, but it will also house a new online marketplace for Drydocks products. Look for continuing updates to come over the coming weeks and months, and (of course) new build blog postings in the BLOG section. As of right now, my thought it to keep my old sites (www.nautilusdrydocks.com and rc-sub.com) and point links here so that I don't lose all of the old content. It may be a bit messy, but I value content! I hope you like it! Be sure to let me know what you think!

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