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Nautilus done!

So she’s officially done except for water testing. She is ballasted with weight in the keel. Foamed below the water line. Water tight on the light board and the 9 volt battery both incased in punch balloons and seal with zip ties and silicone.

Everything lights up either from a 9 volt battery or the 9 volt power supply that plugs into the wall.

Battery that supplies the power to run the boat plugs in through the top side hatch. No need to remove the top to turn her off and on. Lights are connected through the lower hatch.

Clear coat is on.

So we wait 5 days for the clear to dry and on Wednesday I’ll run her in the pool and post video.

9 volt battery and ballast weight.

Battery is shrink wrapped and the ends sealed with silicone. Lighting board is visible and more ballast weight.

Top side foam for floatation and keel.

WTC installed and hooked up.

This is where you connect the battery for power to the drive module or WTC.

Have the ability to remove the wheel house give you easy access to connect the wheel house lights and inspect the closing of the top.

Simple as 1, 2, 3 the wheel house is installed and held with magnets.

These brass screws help to tighten the seam and further hold the two halves together.

What seam?

Dive planes the real boat should have had to work in the real world.

And the finished boat. What a beautiful thing.

More on Wednesday,

Steve

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4 Responses to “Nautilus done!”


  1. 1 BB43MAN
    March 5, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Beyond awesome, oh, Master Builder! He he! Well done, Sah!

  2. March 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    That is simply amazing and I can’t wait for the video! The use of the hatches for access is brilliant. Like the magnet setup too – you steal some kids magnetix toy? :D

  3. March 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    Nope you can get rare Earth magnets at any good hobby store. Thanks a bunch Tom,

    Steve


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