All About the RCSubGuy

As I sit here at 4am with a cup of coffee, checking my emails and planning out the day, I realize just how anonymous the internet is. Most of my interactions with other people in this hobby come through email and Facebook messages and I rarely stop to think just how crazy it is that people in today's day and age trust someone that they've never met to provide advice or to sell them thousands of dollars worth of products from halfway across the world. Well, heck... I've got a few minutes to kill. Let me fill up my coffee cup and lead you in a quick RCSubGuy 101 class. How I got started in RC Submarines: It was back in 1999 when I first got it in my head that an RC submarine would be a pretty

Choosing Your Watertight Cylinder

You've got the model, but now you need to power it! But where to start? There are a lot of choices out there... different manufacturers, different sealing systems, different ballast systems. It's all so confusing! Let's try to break it down to make the decision an easier one for you: First off, figure out what sort of room you have to play with. This is dictated by two things: your available length and your available beam. As subs are (typically) long and narrow, length is rarely a big issue, so start with the beam. Take your widest part of the hull and subtract about an inch. This should allow for tapering of the hull and also leave room mid-ship for the installation of ballast in the keel

How to Choose Your Submarine Kit

So... you've decided the world of RC submarines is the one for you, did you? And why not... it's unique, the boats are exciting to look at and challenging to operate. Sure, they're expensive, but what in life that's worth doing isn't? But... where to start? There are a number of considerations that you should be thinking about before you pull the trigger. I'll run through a few of them below. Take what I say to heart and your first experience with RC submarines will be fun, educational, and enjoyable. Questions you need to ask yourself: 1.) Do I have enough experience to tackle this? RC submarines are not for the beginner. I've said it before, and I'll keep on saying it. If you don't have an

RC Submarine Electronic Modules Explained

I've said it before and I'll keep saying it... RC subs are hard. One aspect that can be daunting is the myriad of various electronic devices that aid a submarine in safe, efficient and fun operation. There are a number of manufacturers out there that offer these devices, and while some go about the task differently, the task that they're accomplishing is basically the same. I represent the superb line of electronics designed and produced by Kevin McLeod out of Canada, though I also offer products from MTroniks and some other manufacturers who offer products that Kevin does not currently supply. Let's take a quick look at the various devices and what they do for your boat: Electronic Speed Co

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