Maker Faire: Submarine-maker Mike Wernecke

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Maker Faire: Submarine-maker Mike Wernecke

We’re started to get really excited about the Maker Faire! It’s coming up on May 19 & 20 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds and should be even better than last year. A fantastic group of over 200 makers will be presenting their projects: some are first-timers, and others are old hands after helping us kick off the event last April, so we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of who will be showing off their stuff. There will be makers, and crafters, and people who are mix of both, demonstrating everything from fancy knot work to tesla coils, power tool drag races to molecule-inspired jewelry, homemade hydrofoils to needle felting to Roomba hacking. Or, in this case, a five-foot home-built Russian submarine.

Submarine-maker Mike Wernecke is a highly skilled machine-builder and machinist; he has spent five years working for the Perkin Elmer company as a senior builder on the Human Genome project. Prior to that, the “ole submaker” worked on several movies as a model builder, including Con-Air and Godzilla. Many years ago, Mike worked hard to earn a Masters degree in art as a sculptor. At the Maker Faire he will be showing a project he documented in “Homebrew” for Volume 10 of MAKE Magazine (coming soon!): his home-built, five-foot long, radio-controlled, Alfa-class Russian submarine. He designed 90% of the mechanical operating internal structures for this one-of-a-kind hunter-killer model that submerges and surfaces with compressed air. He now builds sub kits and welcomes you to stop by his Maker’s Workbench at the fair to ask any questions you might have about radio-controlled submarines!

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