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Russian Vintage Scuba Diving

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by trapezus, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    David,Thanks for the research of the Rory Page article. I appreciate it and hope you and others enjoy it and find it interesting ...a document of "The way it was..." Some times I have a difficulty locating my old articles. Over the years I have had four dedicated magazine columns and one news paper column, all some what filed away --some where? I must stay away from the water and get organized --some day

    Rory and I were "neighbors" for many years he lived "two blocks south of me and 10 blocks west of my home" but we were "neighbors"

    We chatted about many things...Family, diving and our USAF experiences, mine as a Korean war veteran and Rorys as a WW11 veteran

    One that might be of interest to you was his WW11 experiences as a US Army fighter pilot . Rory was right in the middle of the battles in 1943-1944, his plane was shot up but he was never wounded but once landed in North Sea and twice crashed landed in jolly ole England. The brass of the US Army air force decided his experiences would be valuable so sent him back to the US as an advanced fighter pilot instructor.

    So he missed D Day and all the fun and possibilities to became an Ace.So many stories and so many memories of great and good friends who are all now diving on that big reef in the sky

    Thanks for your effort in location this article . SDM

    Trapezus ..feel free to copy for your Turkish vintage divers sdm
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  2. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    Here is newest Valery foto from Moscow exibition Dive Show

    with his new simple rebreather Astra
    Some of his photos above possible is mine :)
    here some extra and antiofftopic photos (from me):
    Russian developing bureau of breathing apparatus museum:
    Some are oxygen, some are regenerative and some is regenerative+selfmixer (time scheduled), some is deep diving supply systems.

    here is me :) not very old gas mask, reworked to FullFaceMask, fireman`s demand valves from ASV SCBA, BCD reworked from pilots west ASZh-58 and SimpleSidemount

    me in DrySuit UGK-1 with sidemount :)
    demand valve from AVM-5, BCD as above
    and more sofisticaded sidemount

    Valery with his first versions of IDA Afalina (later Astra) - oxygen kind of his rebreather
    and KISS kind

    our fundive with SGP (rescue suit for submariners)

    reworked Russian gas mask PMK-3 (newest) with ASV firemans SCBA demand valves, sidemount
    This dive was in old phosfor ore open pit, where water Ph is around 4 ! (real acid)
    here is real view of that place :)

    Vintage soviet dry suit Sadko

    old soviet oxygen rebreather IPSA (it has no regulator! just bag controlled button directly from HP to the breathing bag)

    Valery no mount dive :) really - just tank, regulator and suit

    Valery as supply diver behind ThreeBolts diver
    Anastasiya (La?) backstage photo
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2018
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  3. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    me and Sidemount, reworked from one of the first soviet SCUBA - AVM-1m

    old soviet ascent device ZhV-1

    Modern Russian regulator AVM-12 (VR-12) with octopus from AVM-5 scuba

    soviet very rare compass KNM and depthgauge G-5

    three disassembled AVM-1m regulators

    Wanna more fotos? :) Have questions?

    sorry, for my possible language mistakes, english is not native for me, and I read english slowly.
  4. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: ft. lauderdale, florida
    Thanks for sharing such interesting and personal photos....i really enjoyed looking at them.
  5. David Wilson

    David Wilson Loggerhead Turtle

    Thanks for your contribution, АлександрД. I recognise the Sadko drysuit, which I know was a suit designed for Soviet sportsmen and came in two versions, Sadko 1 and Sadko 2. I have a Sadko hood in my collection of vintage diving gear:
    You may be interested in several threads posted here over recent years about Russian and Ukrainian fins, masks and snorkels:
    Soviet fins: Models 1-7
    Soviet fins 2
    Soviet Fins 3: Made in Leningrad
    Soviet fins 4: The Ukrainian connection
    Post-Soviet fins: Russian models 1
    Post-Soviet fins: Russian models 2
    Post-Soviet fins: Ukrainian models
    Post-Soviet masks: Russian models
    Post-Soviet masks: Ukrainian models
    Soviet masks: Russian models
    Soviet masks: Ukrainian models
    Russian and Ukrainian snorkels
    I for one would value any input you may have about what has been posted in these threads.

    Thanks again for sharing your pictures.
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  6. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    Do you know difference between Sadko-1 and Sadko-2? :)
    it is winter hood! :) that absent in Sadko-1 (also gloves with plastic rings)
    I suspect that your helmet on the picture above is spare part for Sadko-1.
    i-3251.jpg 0_5baf9_b36c531f_L.jpg
    Winter Helmet on photo. It has very nice connection type - inside is plastic rim, than helmet, attached to the suit (like on your photo), than Winter helmet with integrated mask and mouthpiece, than rubber ring.
    Here is full set:

    I`v seen most of that topics. Later I will try to add more interesting, about regulators and another equipment.
    But for Russian equipment - I more interested for regulators and rebreathers.
    For rebreathers - only for construction and engeneering ideas and strikes. I`m normal :) diver.
    I`m not collect it, but try to use, if that likes to me - I use it :) sometimes rework.
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2018
  7. Mark IV

    Mark IV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Georgia
    The photos in the ^ above post reminded me of something amusing I read in another forum, a few years back:
    "Ask a Russian to design a pair of shoes, and he'll bring you something that looks like the box the shoes should come in.
    But ask him to design something to kill Germans....and he turns into Thomas-friggin'-Edison !!" :D
  8. Luis H

    Luis H Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Maine
    Wow, a side mounted double hose.

    Great pictures АлександрД.

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  9. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, CA
    The Americans spent millions of dollars trying to make a pen that would work in space. After the cold ended war and we were speaking again, they asked the Russians how they dealt with that problem, and the they said “We use pencil”.

    I don’t know if the story is true or not, but I thought it was perfect.
    I’m of Russian descent and I grew up around a lot of Russians, I know how they think.
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  10. АлександрД

    АлександрД Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Moscow, Russia
    a little part of offtopic:
    here is great mistake. Not Germans, but fascists. This is a great difference. But other really sometime looks like a true.

    About story of the pen or pencil in the space - it is partically true.
    First man (Yuri Gagarin) in orbital flight had pencil for writting. We developed pen much late, but when we was ready to produce it - States already had massproduction (mass :) hundreds) of Fisher`s space pen. And we just bought it to use in flight of second generation of spaceships.


    That is Ukraina-2 (and same used for ASV scba) membrane regulator. with SP-21.8(German oxygen thread) to DIN adaptor
    Hose is original! It is not selfmade! Because intermediate pressure is 6-6.5 bar (because used contraflow demand valve)
    It is third version of regulator.

    That is first, pistone, model of regulator.
    It is most simple, that I ever saw.
    It contains only from 6 metal items, one spring, one o-ring, one brass or rubber washer, one PTFE cylinder as a valve seal.
    length is not six inches! here is cm! It just 2+1/2 inch lenght.

    It had two options, without SPG and with it! (spring SPG)

    Here is only drawing of second kind of regulator for Ukraina-2
    It is enviromentally sealed (all springs is inside). I never saw it, but many times try to find.
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