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Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:16 am

Building a CR 66 inch Disney Nautilus Part One

I’ve built a lot of submarine models in my time and most of them were RC but the one that always got away was my first love. What else? The Disney Nautilus.

Like many of you I remember the day I first saw the film. For me on the big screen and I just knew one day I’d have a big model of her. Little did I know it would be 50 years later!

I’ve built three to date for customers. Two 31 inch models and one Custom Replicas 66 inch last year that was a radio controlled model. I’ve run a lot of subs but this one was dead smooth under water with no bad habits unlike the Seaview. But I digress.

I built the big CR model for Steve Kerr. The model arrived at my home and to my shock the box had a big tire track running across it and this was not a good sign. The hull was pretty well destroyed so Steve ordered another. I don’t know what finally happened with his claim but knowing UPS as I do I bet he never got any satisfaction. After the build was finished, and the Nautilus shipped off to him. I asked him what he wanted to do with the broken kit and he told me to keep it. Wow. Thanks Steve. You just made an 8 year old kid very happy!

This kit sat for nearly a year and one day I got it out and looked it over. One thing leads to another and first thing I did was to go through the box and collect every sliver of broken hull and put it in a bag. Later I started assembling a jigsaw puzzle. Glued all the parts together and then re-enforced the hull with more glass and epoxy from the inside. Then she sat again. For months while I finished off my scratch built 66 inch TOS Enterprise. Then I had a bunch of kit orders and building jobs. But recently calm came to the storm and I dove in. In less than a week she was starting to look like a boat again.

This will be a RCABS-R system (thanks BD!). Old style dedicated boxes and she has a prop that can change pitch.

I’m at the point now where I can tomorrow sand her down again and replace the lost rivets and primer her one color.
More to come…

Steve

P.S. First video will be posted tonight.


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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:32 am

Here's the video. Enjoy.

Steve



BTW Matt. You were right. About it could be fixed. ;)
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby Rogue Sub » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:00 am

I guess anything is possible with fiberglass. I really thought this one was destined for the dump. BZ Steve
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby Bigdave » Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:46 am

As usual I am just amazed by your talents Steve. 8)
You have the hands of a master. :wink: BD.
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby JWLaRue » Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:56 pm

Steve,

Do I sense the basis for the June "Submrine Modeler" column? ....the resurrection man!

Great work as always.

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby salmon » Sun Feb 19, 2012 1:39 pm

Steve,
Incredible and educational! Thank you for resurrecting a treasure and demonstrating that maybe it is never too late for a model to be fixed.
Again thank you and I look forward to seeing more about the build!
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby JWLaRue » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:14 pm

It's a shame that this kit is no longer available.

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby Bigdave » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:29 pm

What is the name of your rivet juice :?:
I could not focus on the bottle as it flew buy!! :roll: :lol: :mrgreen: BD.
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:58 pm

Rivet Juice!!! I like it. It was Kevin's Dad that turned me on to this stuff when I was working on my 1/32 VIIC. It's called Tulip Slick dimensional fabric paint.

I'll have a picture up later.

Guys thanks a bunch for the kind words. I almost enjoy saving them this way more then when they are a perfect kit. Something I about restoring that's fun and a challenge .

Well back to Rivets I almost have them all done and then it's primer time!

Thanks again,

Steve
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Sun Feb 19, 2012 10:21 pm

Lots more done today I think we have a hull again instead of garbage.
She’s just about ready to put the base color on. Next up, lights and RC gear.
I will post video later on tonight,
Steve

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Mon Feb 20, 2012 12:47 am

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:41 am

No video tonight tomorrow. It just got too late but here is a couple of pictures of the paint job so far. All to be explained in the video.

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby Sub culture » Tue Feb 21, 2012 1:52 pm

Does that Tulip slick paint dry hard, or does it remain flexible/rubbery? Used PVA in insulin syringes in the past for rivets and welds, whch worked okay.
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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:05 pm

It's pretty hard Andy. the thing is it's soo much faster and easier to use. I haven't had it come off yet on the VIIC in two years.

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Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus Part One

Postby SteveNeill » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:18 pm

Well cosmetically she’s all done. The wheel house is completely detailed in PE and metal parts. Just about everything that was in the wheel house set is in there seen or not. I still have access to the wheel house to which is good for dusting and adding figures.

Next up is to add the radio controlled systems. More on that later.

Steve

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