ocean exploration ship model
following model depicts the Calypso in 1986, after an
The big bowl radar plus the other radar
on the mast and some more details were added/changed.
great article from the Associated Press dated
July 15, 1986:
Preparing To Resume Voyage
MIAMI, July 14— After extensive refurbishing, the yacht
Calypso is preparing to re-embark on her five-year
around-the-world excursion to study the relationships
between the world's water systems and its people.
Yves Cousteau, the vessel's 76-year-old captain, said
the Calypso is to leave Miami in about three weeks, then
pass through the Panama Canal and head for the South
Pacific, where she is to visit Cocos Island, French
Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia and New Guinea.
is also to tour Southeast Asia.
old ship, but she's a darling,'' Mr. Cousteau said of
the 44-year-old vessel. ''Now it's really a new ship.''
The Calypso has spent six months here being renovated.
questions of age, Mr. Cousteau said he would continue to
participate in undersea exploration.
as I'm in good health, why should I stop?'' he said.
brief description of this 38" long, multiple RC
function, museum quality model of the Calypso:
- Diesel engine sound generator proportional with
the engine speed forward and reverse.
- Working anchor
- Working light: Underwater lights fitted inside the
bow, cabin light, mast lights, lights inside the
- Working crane, proportional controls in rotating
and up/down the hook.
- Working lights inside the mini submarine, which
are automatically ON when the submarine is picked by
the crane. When it is placed back on deck the
lights will automatically turn OFF.
- Helicopter's blades (both, on the main rotor and
the back ones) work from the remote. The
turning speed is so high that the helicopter can
almost take off .
- Working watercool pump from remote.
Note that our model is not built from
which is not up to our museum quality standard.
Here're what we differ from that kit:
- Our hull is wooden, plank-on-frame.
- Our model "nose" on the hull is
taller and of different shape.
- On our model, the aft end of the
superstructure on the main deck are not symmetrical
on port and starboard.
- The number of doors and their
position on our model are correct.
- Our portholes positions are
- The kit cranes are completely wrong. The kit
manufacture used cranes that they are also in Zwarte
Zee kit, with only minor modifications.
- Kit's anchor winch has absolutely
- The bilge keel on the hull is too
short and it starts too far aft.
- The rail stanchions used in the kit
are mass produced for all their kits and not correct
in shape and height.
"Thank you for all the
instructions. Got the heli working and it is almost
ready to fly. It is amazing how in a small space
like the submarine your folks were able to fit all
that electronics to include charging leads.
The sub lights look very cool, and works great. I
did remove the anchor capstain as you suggested, and
as you said it is easy access to the anchor chain.
the neutral point is very sensitive it has to be
spot on to stop the movement. I don't think ill be
playing too much with the anchor. Kudos to your team
for a fantastic beautiful ship that not only looks
outstanding but is a work of art electronically. One
push button and a whole lot of action is at my
finger tips. It would be an understatement to say
the Calypso was a hit with my family. My eldest son
wants to take the Calypso to California with him. I
told him "over my dead body". Since he asked
first I will make sure he gets it when I checkout of
this planet. My daughter wants the large HMS
Victory. She saw it first when I got it a few
years ago from you. My second son is out of luck for
now. I told him he mite be the lucky one when the
Calypso II becomes a reality. So thank you very much
for all this happiness. Frank can you make the
ladder to the divers platform and the ladder to the
mast and send them together with my Calypso Book?
That would be great. Thank you very much."
took the Calypso to my local pond for the first time
and I was very impressed with the scale speed and
sound of the engine. Everything worked to perfection
and looked fantastic. Thank you so much for not only
making the Calypso so beautiful, but also very easy
to operate with a top notch electronics package. I
can imagine how cool the Calypso II will be with the
turbosail and the voiht Schneider cycloidal props
and working solar panel system.
Here are a few pictures of the
Calypso with the ladder I built for the diving
platform and the crew members that reported for duty