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13 replies to this topic  – Started by Phred , Jun 28 2008 12:10 AM

#1 Phred

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:10 AM

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I was real happy the way my turtle sub turned out and will probably keep it built for a long time. :pir-wub:
I'd like keep it next to the Constitution when it's complete.

Here's a quick review of my Turtle Sub:

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It's only a couple studs longer and taller than a scaled version,
but i couldn't make it any smaller without losing features...
Like putting a person inside and having a working hatch.

During the Revolutionary War of the US, Turtle Subs were made to attempt to get rid of the English ships blockading American ports.
They were never successful in even damaging another ship though. :pir-laugh:
The english had copper sheathing on the hulls of all their ships, so the turtle subs' drills couldn't penetrate. :pir-wink:
But they were successful submarines.

Here are some pics of renditions of the Turtle Subs:

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Here's a quote of the closest the Turtle Sub ever came to damaging a ship:

Turtle A Revolutionary Submarine said:

HMS Eagle at the Port of New York

After diligent pedaling, Lee brought Turtle on the side of Eagle. After taking some ballast, he submerged completely. When he thought he was under his target, he pumped out a small quantity of water from the ballast tank, until a jarring bump indicated he was beneath Eagle. For the next few minutes, Lee vainly tried to attach a torpedo to her hull. When the air in his little cabin was almost used up, Lee had no choice but to abandon his attempt and surface. After replenishing the air in the cabin and resting, he again descended underneath Eagle to try to affix a torpedo on her hull. He failed. A metal plate covered the area where he was trying to drill. Having consumed his air, he was forced to abandon his goal and surface.

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#2 Norro

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 12:37 AM

Very inventive concept!

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#3 Wilhelm screamer

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 01:05 AM

I always wanted to build this.

On a side note (I did my home work on this): the British were so scared by the concept of being atcked from below water levels, that they briefly left the harbor that the Turtle had first been fielded.
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#4 Mister Phes

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Posted 29 June 2008 - 04:25 AM

When I saw "Turtle Sub" I was expecting to see a salad roll :pir-grin:

This is quite an interesting concept for the Pirate Theme but I'm sure I've mentioned my disdain for Steampunk and it's sub genres.

Has anyone seen the Mysterious Cities of Gold?  There was an episode where they made a wooden submarine creation and decorated it as a monster to scare off a tribe of giants.  Something like that might be a really interesting concept for the Islander of equivalent of this.


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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:32 AM

View PostMister Phes, on Jun 28 2008, 11:25 PM, said:

This is quite an interesting concept for the Pirate Theme but I'm sure I've mentioned my disdain for Steampunk and it's sub genres.

But it's not Steam Punk...or either of its sub genres....it's HISTORY :pir-sing:

Oh, by the way, nice creation there phred!!
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Posted 29 June 2008 - 05:43 AM

Yes, you're absolutely right ImperialScouts.  Now that my hangover has worn off I have cold and the medication must be doing strange things with my mind.  Not that I need Cold & Flu medication for that anyway...

This diagram is quite useful in demonstrating how one would actually achieve such a contraption:

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#7 Phred

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Posted 30 June 2008 - 02:17 AM

View PostWilhelm screamer, on Jun 27 2008, 07:05 PM, said:

On a side note (I did my home work on this): the British were so scared by the concept of being atcked from below water levels, that they briefly left the harbor that the Turtle had first been fielded.
Exactly, that's what the Website said also where i got the quote. :thumbup:

View PostImperialScouts, on Jun 28 2008, 11:32 PM, said:

But it's not Steam Punk...or either of its sub genres....it's HISTORY :pir-sing:

Oh, by the way, nice creation there phred!!
Thanx IS. :pir-classic:

View PostMister Phes, on Jun 28 2008, 11:43 PM, said:

This diagram is quite useful in demonstrating how one would actually achieve such a contraption:
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There are ppl that have remade the turtle sub using 1776 technology.

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They used ballast pumps similar to Fire Carriage pumps of the same era.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 01:13 AM

You did a great job Phred, or Pickle as some call you.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 07:50 AM

I remember studying this kind of underwater vehicle on my mechanic lessons, I have to say it's very very well done, everything is where it's supposed to ! amazing job Phred  :thumbup:
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Posted 06 May 2010 - 03:03 PM

A very lovely creation, very innovative yet very simple too. The simplicity still amazes me, even though this was built ages ago.

I was wondering whether those clam shell side pieces you used (the ones from the star wars Slave I set), do they also come in other colours? I've tried looking them up but I have absolutely no idea what those pieces are called.


My apologies if this is something I could have easily looked up somewhere myself, I tried but didn't come up with anything. (not that it 's my intention to bring back old threads or anything)

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 04:49 PM

That's a great Turtle, Phred  :wub:  Do you have an LDD file, or parts list, or construction photos of it?  I'd love to build myself one.

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 06:05 PM

The sub is extremely cool...even though it is a really old post.
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Posted 07 May 2010 - 01:49 PM

Hmm just 11 replies...

The mini sub is really good though, probably best i have seen so far. I quite like that there is an interior  :pir-classic:
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 09:32 PM

Thank you for the comments! :pirate:

View PostHairy Ruben, on 06 May 2010 - 03:03 PM, said:

I was wondering whether those clam shell side pieces you used (the ones from the star wars Slave I set), do they also come in other colours? I've tried looking them up but I have absolutely no idea what those pieces are called.
Hey Hairy,

Sorry for the very late reply.

Yes, those are the very same pieces used in the Slave I ship.  The "clam shell" pieces are part # 41749 & 41750.

View Postpetero, on 06 May 2010 - 04:49 PM, said:

That's a great Turtle, Phred  :wub:  Do you have an LDD file, or parts list, or construction photos of it?  I'd love to build myself one.

Peter
I'll see if I can get a parts list together.  

The sub is still built and is sitting at my office cubical right now.  :pir-sweet:
Now that dark tan and pearl gold pieces exist, it would be nice to use more accurately colored bricks. :thumbup:

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