Will it float? Good question, but I'm asking you. This is my final entry (this time really) to the 2010 MocAthalon. Thank you to all who made this a really fun 30 days.
About this creation
Well, here's my submarine for Will it Float? I picked this category because in science class I am currently doing buoyancy. To determine if something will float, it must be less dense than water. To find the density of an object, take mass divided by volume. If it is denser than 1g/cc, it will sink. Otherwise it will float, and if it is exactly the same it is neutral buoyancy, where it drifts below the surface.
Here you can see that since unfortunately with the ballast tanks the sub is topheavy, it requires stabilizers to stay straight. The rest of the pictures are without them, but yes, the sub does float without the stabilizers, but turns in the water.
Another shot of the submarine floating.
Here's a shot with a pen under the sub to show it's floating. I didn't put myself on for obvious internet safety reasons.
A picture closer to the drain, so that it is more visible that it is actually floating.
The greebles that aren't in the water pictures because they came off in the water. Mmm mmm good!
The main ballast tank on the bottom, which is one of the most important parts of a sub: The part that makes it sink when filled with water, and float with air. They do open and when immersed fill up about half way.
On the conning tower, the exit to the submarine is up a staircase inside the body. It opens up on tight hinges, and yes, when closed it does keep water out.
One more shot of the hatch for the small conning tower open. But once you actually get into the rooms in the sub, it's unfortunately hollow with nothing in it, so I don't have any inside pics for that reason.
To the judges: If you can't tell that it's floating, try to tell me ASAP so I can snap a pic in deeper water before the contest ends. I tried using the pen to show, but it didn't turn out too well. And sorry for the bad pictures, they didn't turn out well since I was doing them freehand over a sink.
Nice shape - it does kind of look like the Pillar of Autumn. She has some nice details, and it looks like it floats to me. Not the best I have seen in this category, but it is a good one. Three (3) points. Lee.
The pictures on the counter are much more crisp. Too bad there weren't more highlighting the details of the creation out of the water. The design is interesting, but more of a fantasy submarine. I think if you were going to go this route, it needed to be very realistic or over-the-top whimsical. 2 points.