Models are not just a great way to visualize a piece of history but they are very helpful step in the design and construction process. We made several different models of the Argonaut Jr., all with a different purpose in mind. Using CAD and our large CNC table, it wasn’t that difficult and always a good idea when tackling large projects.
The Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport England has a 1/2 scale replica to ed ucate visitors. Before building the actual Argonaut Jr 2010, we constructed two 1/4 scale models. The first was a Crush Test Model to get a rough idea of the structural limits of the design and to verify the freeboard and ballast weight calculations. The second model was a Display Model for educational display but also to determine the best location and routing for pipes and hoses that would controls the submarines ballast tanks and pressurization system. The third Argonaut Jr. model is demonstration purposes.