This NS Savannah model
- Scratch built from official plans
Hollow-hull construction (very important), weighing
less than 10 lbs (A
solid hull of this size would be over 40 lbs and too
dangerous for one person to carry, also feeling like a
heavy toy rather than an art piece.)
- The hollow superstructure is comprised of
hundred of individual thin pieces of wood
glued together, not
several solid pieces stacking on top one
- Windows are cutouts (not black decals), thanks to
the hollow structures.
- >95% of parts are wood and metal.
Dimensions: 39" long x 10.5" tall x5.5"
S & H is $90
S & H is $90
Please allow 2 weeks for RC
FLOATING NUCLEAR PLAN
On April, 2014, three scientists presented the benefits
of floating nuclear power stations in a symposium hosted
by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The first benefit is
safety. Because the platform floats, the nuclear power
station would be unharmed by earthquakes and tsunamis.
Its distance from land would ensure minimal damages if
The second benefit
is economic: The reactor could use the sea as an infinite
heat sink. The core of the reactor, lying below the
surface, could be cooled passively without the use of
electrical pumps which could fail.
Another economic benefit: At
the end of its service life, a floating station could be
towed to a specially equipped yard which is specialized
in dismantle nuclear-powered ships
The Russian is already ahead of the
game. Rosatom is already building one that will
generate up to 80 megawatts —enough to power a small
town. The vessel is scheduled to be completed in 2016.
The primary mission is to provide power in remote areas
for gas exploration, including the Arctic.
The Americans, however, are
planning something more particular. They think that
even a 1,000MW floating nuclear station—the size of some
of today’s largest land base nuclear plants—is well
within reach, even with tough governmental regulations
(including protection against underwater attacks.)
In fact, the US was the originator
of the idea. About 50 years ago the Sturgis (MH-1A)--a
Liberty ship containing a 10MW nuclear reactor--
provided electricity to relieve power shortage in the
Panama Canal Zone. Then in the 1970s there was a
plan to build 1,200MW nuclear power stations off
America’s coast. A huge manufacturing yard was
being constructed near Jacksonville, Florida but the
idea faced opposition and was scrapped.
With today's much improved
technology, these"vessels" will meet regulations and