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Tan Yong bolted together his two-ton craft, christened the "Happy Lamb" after a popular cartoon character, in just nine months and has steered it down to depths of eight meters.The 44-year-old is one of the growing ranks of rural Chinese do-it-yourself inventors whose individualism contrasts with the collective farming of past decades.At a national level China has increasing naval ambitions and Tan, who makes his living selling chickens, first hatched the idea of building a submarine two years ago, launching a prototype in March.Launching himself into the life aquatic, Tan is one of a number of amateur inventors – dubbed "Peasant Da Vincis" – who have in recent years bashed together homemade planes, helicopters and even tanks, apparently with little consideration of practical value.A silence hung over the lake in Hubei province as Tan lingered undetectable to those on the shore.Tan's underwater journeys have not always been smooth, and he told earlier of a scary moment eight meters down.Minutes after diving, the submarine's red star broke surface again, and Tan reemerged.
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