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University student develops passion for mini-submarines

University student develops passion for mini-submarines

Tuesday, May 02, 2023, 19:28 GMT+7
University student develops passion for mini-submarines
Phan Tran Phu has built submarine models for two years. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

With a great love for submarines, Phan Tran Phu, a student at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City, has built 10 submarine models. 

Given his affection for creation, Phu studied ways to produce various toys such as planes, tanks, boats, and ships by himself when he was in elementary school.

Phu, majoring in construction engineering, watched viral videos about submarines by chance when he entered his university life. 

He realized his passion and rolled up his sleeves to create mini-submarines.

After two years of research and creation, Phu has owned 10 submarine models of various sizes.

Among them is a military submarine that can fire two torpedoes and rockets, and an unmanned cruise submarine that can transmit images to controllers.

This hobby is strange and new in Vietnam. No group or club has been set up to pursue this passion.

As such, Phu tried his best to access foreign documents and watch videos to broaden his knowledge about this field.

Phan Tran Phu has over 10 submarines with various sizes. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Phan Tran Phu has over 10 submarines of various sizes. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

“As for accessories, I utilized some parts of toy planes and tanks to create submarines. I studied to create an appropriate wave oscillator which helps a submarine move from the air into water and operate well,” Phu said.

His Kilo 636 military submarines have different sizes. The largest is one meter long and weighs five kilograms, while the smallest is 60 centimeters long and three kilograms heavy.

“The most important part of a military submarine is a vertical launcher. Under the Vietnamese laws, propellants are banned, so I used pressurized gas to help the submarine fire rockets from the deep water to the airspace,” he recounted.

“Phu’s technology toy products are appreciated by insiders and tech experts. These submarine models have as sufficient functions as a real submarine,” said Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Phuc, lecturer at the Faculty of Construction Engineering at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City.

His great passion for submarines prompted Phan Tran Phu to study and create these technology products. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

His great passion for submarines prompted Phan Tran Phu to study and create these technology products. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

In the future, if Phu makes more investment in such technology products, they can be employed in various fields and will have high commercialization, Dr Phuc added.

“I tried controlling his submarine and felt interested. This toy submarine helps players not only relax after study courses, but also makes them more creative,” said Pham Thanh Duong, a student at the university. “I think young students’ creation of technology toys helps invent breakthrough products."

“I expects this trend to become popular in Vietnam. I intend to exhibit my submarines at creation fairs or exhibitions,” Phu said.

Apart from making submarines, Phu also sizes the bodies of planes to make them smaller and creates bird robots. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Apart from making submarines, Phan Tran Phu also sizes the bodies of planes to make them smaller and creates bird-like robots. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A plane is made by Phu. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A plane is made by Phan Tran Phu. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

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