Introducing, ‘HMS Artful’

Our New kit HMS Artful ( Astute class ) submarine 1/72nd scale, is now available for order. The kit contains the hull, deck and tower in glass fibre and is 54 inches long with a 6 inch beam.

Front and Rear dive planes with stainless steel pivot rods fitted, top & bottom rudders stainless steel pivot rods fitted Sonar array, set of Brass bearings, arrangement drawing cloth flag,

We can also supply the pump jet and a dive system. All pictures supplied by Gareth Hanak who is building first one now. There will be a set of accessories available as well (bollards capstans etc).

The Astute class was introduced to replace the ageing Trafalgar hunter killer fleet and was an upgraded version of the latter.

Launched in 2007, 97 meters long with a 11.3 meter long beam. The Astute has a bit of an unlucky history. It ran aground off Skye in October 2010 and later in April 2011 an officer was shot dead by one of his crew. There have been other issues not officially reported. We have decided to call our Astute class ‘Artful’ purely because the Astute had such a run of bad luck.

New and Improved Pump Controller

We have retired our standard solid state pump controller and introduced a whole new and more flexible model using the Arduino programmable micro-controller. This makes installation and troubleshooting a lot easier for the model builder. There are 4 test lights which indicate the status of water level probes, ballast pump operation, power levels and receiver signal loss.

The unit is fully waterproof and is a direct replacement for earlier ballast tank control units. There’s no need to change the wiring.

The pump output is short circuit proof (in the event of a stalled motor, for instance) and the input receiver is optically isolated.

The new unit is much more user-friendlier as well as being as accurate and reliable as before.

New video of the OTW type 2B German U Boat Kit

Martin Prior sent us some excellent footage of his build of the OTW type IIb German U Boat Kit, which he is piloting in the video below.

Many thanks to Martin for his fantastic footage and allowing us to share it with you.