My Name is David Hughes and I am the sole operator of Zero Bubble model design, located just north of Sydney, NSW Australia.
I am a model maker with 20 year’s experience. I have designed and flown numerous scale Radio controlled Gliders and have for the last 15 years designed and developed over 10 RC Scale submarine designs.
Four of my designs are featured here and are offered as basic kits. They are kits Ideally suited to radio control application and are based on four rarely modeled Nuclear submarines. These kits are durable, the hull components are made of Fiber glass and the appendages are made of polyurethane castings. These models are niche designs in an already niche sector of the RC market. These kits are intended to be affordable and reasonably priced kits at the lower end of the price spectrum. They offer challenge for the builder who wants to take a basic kit and produce their own version of a rare submarine design.
These kits are designed for a Water tight cylinder (WTC) that can be configured for either dynamic diving (using forward momentum to drive the boat underwater) or more commonly using a static system (a ballast tank that changes the buoyancy of the boat). I do not supply dive systems. Mike currently employs a "2" inch "Subdriver" from Caswell models in the United States. The other boats use my own custom made cylinder. Although I do not sell cylinders, I do offer technical advice.
At Zero Bubble I have four kits available for sale. Three are 1/120 scale with a hull diameter of 90mm, (Mike and Resolution) with Papa's diameter at 97mm. Borei is 1/140 with a diameter of 95mm, all are designed for Radio Control application. These kits are basic and just comprise the hull, appendages and fittings (eg, Rudders, Fins and scoops). They also include a brief instruction booklet. They do not include Radio control electronics, Water tight cylinder (WTC) propeller shafts or masts and stand.
They are designed for experienced modelers who know how to build and would have a preferred method of assembly. The components included will need sanding, filling and some adjustment.
My First kit is the Royal Navy Polaris missile Submarine HMS Resolution.
My Second submarine is a kit of the Soviet Project 685 Plavnik K-278 'Komsomolets'. Nato codename: Mike. This kit is the only large kit available for radio control of this one off Russian submarine.
November 2017, saw the launch of a new third kit in the form of the Project 955 'Borei' class SSBN.
My fourth kit is the Soviet Project 661 'Papa' class SSGN. This is a cool little submarine if i may say so..
Zero Bubble model design is a side business and not my full time occupation.
I do require approximately 6 weeks from order to completion of the kit, as I do not necessarily keep kits in stock. Although if a kit is in available then I will notify you as the turn around time will be shorter. I keep in touch with customers throughout the production cycle and when the order is ready to ship to inform you of shipping costs.
I do not take deposits. I take payment just before shipping kits. (Paypal) If you do not commit to the kit. It goes back on the shelf and the next buyer gets theirs really quickly!
Due to overseas shipping costs I will often split the top and bottom hulls of my larger models (Borei and
Resolution) in order to create a package that does not exceed Australia Post's shipping size requirements. This is done for Resolution and Borei as a means of reducing the cost for the customer.
I am frequently asked about shipping costs. Each kit and destination gets me a different reply from Australia post when I get a quote, however to give you a ball -park idea I'll give quotes from previous orders. Usually I am quoted an express price (the higher end) and an economy price (lower end). Sometimes there is an in-between standard rate. The difference is usually how quickly it gets to your country and then sits in a warehouse for a week or two! I usually recommend tracking but not the express.
Resolution is approx- $45-65 AUD
Mike is approx- $43-56 AUD.
Papa is approx- $36-56 AUD
Borei is approx- $49-56 AUD
Borei is approx- $52-62 AUD
Papa is approx- $37-51 AUD
Australia post offers different shipping options which I investigate for each customer...
As mentioned, my kits are basic. They are not precision kits of museum quality, as parts may not precisely align. Experience with elements of scratch building is advisable. I would spend on average up to 10 hours laying up, casting and processing parts once out of the molds. I make very little profit off these kits and do it for the passion. I realize that many modeller's would rather an imperfect, reasonably priced kit than none at all.
With reasonable modelling skills these four kits will build into satisfying models and handle superbly when built for Radio control.
They are also unique, rare and hand crafted.
Proudly Designed, Engineered and hand made in Australia. (yes we still actually make stuff in this country)