1/25th Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Cradle and Tow Tractor
By John DeRosia
Bouy!!!!!! …..am I glad it is done finally!! – completed this Sunday May 6, 2018. I think I spent more time on the cradle and accessories than on the other two vehicles.
Someone suggested (I refuse to mention names Herman!) – that I add wheels to the cradle so when it is off the ship at the port- the tow tractor can wheel it around…..and yes – the tow tractor is happy it has a load. Makes sense. But making the removable wheel dollies AFTER the project took some imagination. Trust me- they are also removable and have safety pins.
Then when I added a few more doo-hickeys (sorry for the nautical term) – I realized at the last minute- how will the dock workers get up on the cradle to do some AUV maintenance? GggggRRRRRR!!
The first wire ladders (they did not look good) went to Pluto – and then I made two out of mostly styrene. After trying two different ways to make red-safety stripes on the ladder handles- I settled for good old red thread!
Click on any picture to see it larger and enjoy the ‘show’.