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    Neptune with new lighting set up.

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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sat Jun 18, 2011 10:26 am

    I've had a complete change of lighting arrangement on the Neptune...instead of being stuck out on that bracket, the searchlight is now mounted inside the nose cone (why didn't I do that before?) It looks so much better like this and reduces the drag effect.

    Note the new top deck layout, hatches courtesy of Andy Griggs at Models By Design, with a couple of plastic turn wheels I found in my spares box.


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    Video is a bit ropey, but it shows the searchlight working and the flashing beacons operating.
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    Post  tattooed on Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:00 pm

    That's better Rich
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:39 pm

    Thanks mate...I think it looks a whole lot better.
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Tue Jun 21, 2011 8:25 am

    Thanks to Ramesh for his detective skills, I now have a proper operating grab arm en route for the Neptune.

    Take a look at this website: www.proto-pic.co.uk these guys sell some serious kit if you like your robots.

    The claw arm I've ordered is here: http://proto-pic.co.uk/products/Robotic-Claw.html

    And this is a diagram of it:



    Neptune with new lighting set up. Grippe10

    All metal construction, servo operated....and less than a tenner.
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:08 pm

    Well, the claw has arrived...all bubble wrapped in a plastic box. Very impressed with it and the service from these guys is excellent...48hrs from the time of ordering to the claw landing on my doormat.

    Now it's off to my mate Andy in Bristol, he's going to make up an arm and a mounting to attach it to the Neptune, and then we have to fathom out how/where to mount the servo to operate it.


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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:27 pm

    A few examples of full size submersibles fitted with grab arms.

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    And finally, a picture of a model submersible fitted with a huge operating grab arm, made by a German modeller.
    This thing looks as though it could do some serious damage to your nether regions...

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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:18 pm

    And these are the illustrations from the website.

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    Post  david f on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:09 pm

    Very nice indeed. What material is it?
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Thu Jun 23, 2011 12:52 pm

    It's an alloy of some sort, David...it's light and it's strong, and that's about all I know. When Andy gets hold of it, I've no doubt he'll tell us more.
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Thu Jul 07, 2011 10:35 am

    Neptune with the new periscopes(for want of a better word)fitted. The one with the red top has a clear lens installed and a small white HiViz LED inside it.

    The new waterproof lighting switcher made by John Robinson has arrived, this plugs into the rx and allows me to turn the floodlamp/flashing beacons on/off via the tx.

    The grab arm should be here by the weekend with a bit of luck.

    Thanks to Andy Oakley and John Robinson for their very kind assistance.


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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:19 pm

    And here is the first pic of the grab arm and claw, nearly finished, just a couple of small details to complete.

    My grateful thanks to Andy Oakley for all his hard work.


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    Post  tattooed on Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:31 pm

    what's all the thanks for rich you should know me by now that i will always help my friends
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Jul 08, 2011 7:48 pm

    Mate, I was always brought up to say please and thank you...and so I thank you.
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    Post  tattooed on Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:50 pm

    Your a gentlmen Rich and your always very welcome mate
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    Post  Tom(ADMIN) on Fri Jul 08, 2011 8:56 pm

    You just haul your ass down here and collect this LA....pronto

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