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This is made of resin with some clear plastic and metal parts. This version is !/132nd scale, is 18 inches long and is from The Nautilus Drydocks. It isn't cheap and took some time to save up the money for it as it's probably the most expensive kit I ever got.

There was some flash to be cleaned off the smaller parts and care should be taken when fitting the frames for the observation domes on each side. The cutting teeth are sharp but sometimes feel fragile and you should be careful with them. The supports for the propeller ring had to be replaced with flat plastic rods that had to be notched where they would hold the ring and then sunk into the hull. I drilled out these points a little to give the rods more gripping strength

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I'd love to get the Seaquest kit or maybe another Nautilus, but larger this time.  I have entered mine a few times but with no luck, even against the same kit that was not as well done as mine.  I have a feeling the judge thought it should be covered in rust paint.  It didn'tstay operational long enough to get more than a the beginnings of a rust build up.  If you watch the movie it's mostly a dark grey with some staining.  Even the studio model is like that.  I got a couple shots of it on display at Disney one year.  I have to get them scanned in and posted.

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Those who don't already know of it might enjoy this; note that I am not the I in the quote. And especially note the longevity of the website as given by dates at bottom of page. It has been on the web a couple years longer than I have and I have one 14 year old email address! 




A comparison of many, many different Nautilus designs more or less true to Jules Verne's description, with illustrations and 3D models for on-line viewing.

When I first established this page, I had only a small collection of designs to feature. Since then, the list has grown and grown, as has the popularity of the page.  Examination of the many designs reveals relationships between them. Cross-pollination has occurred when designers who viewed the page produced new boats incorporating features they saw here.  What began as a passive collection has become an active inspiration.  (Ken Anslow records some interesting thoughts about creative cross-pollination and differing visions evoked by a writer's words.  Read them on his blog.)

Originally, the catalog was limited to versions of the Nautilus that I considered compatible or consistent at least in part with Jules Verne's description.  As the collection has grown I've expanded the criteria for inclusion. 



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