Frequently Asked Questions
11. How much do they cost?

Like anything else in life, the more elaborate the toy, the higher the price tag. Remember, a Porsche will always cost more than a Chevy.  An example of this would be: Dumas Boats, markets a very simple R/C submarine for around $225. On the other end of the scale, a 1:32nd scale WWII Fleet boat from 32nd Parallel would have run about $3,000. A beginner, starting from scratch, can expect to invest $600 to $800 in order to get started in this hobby. This would include the model itself, the radio system, batteries, chargers, misc. building supplies, and all the electronics specific to an R/C submarine. While R/C submarines may seem expensive when compared to an R/C airplane or even a helicopter, you will never need to re-kit* your submarine.* Buy another one after you crash it.

12. Where can I find out more about model submarines?
The SubCommittee would be a good place to start. Visit: on the web. The SubCommittee is a worldwide group of submarine enthusiasts. Many of the SubCommittee’s members are avid R/C submariners. The website is free and is open to the public. Yearly membership (including 4 quarterly magazines) to The SubCommittee is only $26 a year! This is a real bargain considering the tremendous amount of information contained in each of the quarterly issues of the SCR (SubCommittee Report).
13. Why do I need to use a reduction drive unit in my submarine?
A drive reduction is used in a model submarine to reduce the load on the motor, thus increasing battery life (running time). It also increases the torque at the propeller, allowing for the possibility of either a larger propeller or a smaller one with a greater amount of pitch (angle) on the blades.