Chinese locals have already demonstrated a knack for knocking together homemade flying contraptions and robots. Now one amateur inventor has created a full-fledged submarine built primarily from discarded oil barrels and tools bought at a second-hand market.
China Daily says that Tao Xiangli made his underwater debut in a lake outside Beijing on September 3, 2009. The inventor outfitted his vehicle with a periscope, depth control tanks and electric motors, after spending two years and roughly $4,385 on the project.
Perhaps it's a hair less audacious than the farmer who wanted to test-fly his wooden copter. But then again, we don't see any escape system if the sub happened to go belly-up, figuratively speaking.
That is awesome.
Made something cool and has a great time with less then $5k. Creative and budget minded, just like myself.
I think 3" iron water pipes would make good torpedo tubes.
Having actually piloted a minisub of a tested design (K-250), you would not get me in that thing... not deeper than 10' at least.
LoLzz... Now thats a sub for ya.... I like his invention and bearly 4K. Mad creative.
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Tao has a counterpart on the other side in Texas. I did the same thing 25 years ago. My pressure hull was a used earth mover muffler tank and my ballast tanks were indeed 55 gallon drums. Glad to know I'm not the only nut in the world!
I think it needs a bicycle pedal, and a really long chain. And I wouldn't take it down too deep.
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