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    The original modular ballast system.


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    The original modular ballast system.

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:24 am

    Way back in the early to middle 90's, the late Bernie Wood and the late Nick Burge (both AMS members) got together to design a new ballast system for a U-Boat Bernie had purchased from an ex AMS member, Jim Ward. When Bernie bought the boat, it was built as a surface running boat, with no capacity to submerge built into it.

    The result was very interesting indeed, and can be classed as the forerunner to the cylinder/module system used today.

    I've reproduced it below (I still can't figure out how to upload PDF files to the forum) but if anyone would like a full size PDF copy, let me know (with your email address, please, via a PM) and I'll send you a copy. It's very interesting reading...

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    Re: The original modular ballast system.

    Post  david f on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:08 am

    A very interesting and influential article. (Just look at my boats. Though I don't remember reading it at the time.)

    ( A bit hard to read in parts.)

    I was impressed by him building his own 2 cylinder compressor!

    We are really lucky now to have small water and air pumps.


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    Re: The original modular ballast system.

    Post  merriman on Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:24 pm

    The WTC goes back even farther I've learned (initially, in the mid-90, I thought I was the first to invent the concept ... Mr. Burge put me straight in no uncertain terms!). Within the pages of a 1967 issue of Model Boats (a MAP publication) a picture taken at a show clearly showing a clear (must assume it was Acrylic), removable cylinder for use in model submarines.

    The wheel has many, many authors. So does the WTC.


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    Re: The original modular ballast system.

    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:28 pm

    The wheel turns in many ways, how fast depends on the hamster!


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