Hi Mit. Let me address all the points about my movie two man wet sub you brought up.
You wrote.."Seems that the sub is missing quite a few parts from the "original" movie model, (if indeed it is one)"
I wouldn't say the sub is missing quite a few parts but it is missing some. Here is exactly what is missing..The rear passenger wind/watershield, the battery powered rear propulsion unit is missing and a rudder has been added where the propulsion unit originally was. The bumper trim that went all the way around the subs middle is missing. Only critical part here missing is battery powered propulsion unit. A rear windshield is easily made with plexiglass sheet and a heat gun and the propulsion unit could be easily replaced with a sealed diver handheld scotter unit. A similiar to the original bumber trim can be purchased at any marina supply outlet. Some work, but not major. Rudder, diveplane, footpedals, joystick all work fine.
You wrote..."Remember, many people build models of TV/Movie subs on their own, and do a pretty good job at it".
This is not a model. This is the full size two man wet mini sub from the 1966 sci fi movie "Destination Inner Space" that the actors and stunt people rode in. Nor is this a copy. The red gelcoated fiberglass hull looks like 1966 made 38 year old aged fiberglass should. The rear passenger windshield bracket was squashed flat on top of the center support but still in the exact place where it was originally centrally supporting the rear passengers windshield. I discovered what it was for when I watched and took stillframes of the sub in the movie. Didn't realize what it was or that rear passenger even HAD a rear windshield til I saw the movie. This helped explain the holes and brackets that I wondered what were doing on my sub.
You wrote..."Then again without pictures and/or any other positive proof, it would be hard to say". "I wonder if anyone as any actual photos of the actual stage sub that was used".
I have pictures aplenty both from today in 2004 and from the movie in 1966. They will hopefully be posted to UncleOdie's site by sunday he said and I will post the url here so you can see the pics at his site. Also when you inspect the sub in person you can see the holes around the middle where the bumper attached as it went around the sub. Also you can see the keel ridges that are identical on the movie sub...The exact shape and size and center support are identical...the original front windshield is yellowed with age and has many small cracks as a 38 yr old plexiglass windshield would. The fiberglass is only about 1/8 of an inch or even a bit thinner. I do not think this is as thick as it should be for a working sub but would have been adequate for a movie prop sub that was only going to be used for a few scenes and noone ever envisioned the sub would survive this long. When the pics get up at UncleOdie's site and you go and look at them side by side, 1966 and today, you will see that it is the same sub. This sub could still be used as a two man wet sub, but I feel its age and movie memoribilia history and value should land it in a collection like a good old warhorse put to pasture. I'm just not into collecting sci fi memoribilia and more interested in building a working kevlar sub that is a bit longer than the movie sub. I just lucked into buying this movie sub.
Judge for yourself. I will post url as soon as pics up.