Russian Typhoon Submarine

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Part 1 - Clippard valves, cylinders and associated hardware


I hope this pile of stuff is going to work. Yup, this equipment will be the heart of my submarine ... no ... not the brains. The radio equipment will be the brains! This pneumatic equipment was purchased from C.Arthur Weaver, Inc. about 2 weeks ago and it finally arrived today.

Now, I´m like a kid in a toy store again with more stuff to play with. I think I´ll just sit and look at the pile before trying to figure out how it will all go together.
These ten (10) Clippard valves are probably the most important parts. They will control the ballast tanks (vent and blow), the bow plane retract system and doors, the missile launching system and hatches and finally the torpedo firing system and doors. I actually ordered twelve (12) of these, but only ten (10) were shipped. I´ll order the remaining two (2) when it comes time.

An electrical signal is sent from the receiver to these valves. Once activated, CO2 gas is then allowed to proceed through a tube to either another poppet valve, a cylinder or the ballast tank. Complicated? Not really ... I hope!
Clippard calls this thing a cylinder, but I call it a piston. There are two (2) of these which are activated by CO2 with a spring return. The pistons extend three (3) inches, and they will control the bow plane retract system and the periscope system.
This is the air-actuated poppet valve that will serve as the ballast tank blow vent. There are two of these.
Here we go again. Clippard calls this thing a cylinder, but I call it a piston. There are four (4) of these which are activated by CO2 with a spring return. The pistons extend ½ inch, and they will control the missile and torpedo launching.

Next Step - Part 2 - Getting things organized.

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