Hello: My name is chooch and I'm a 45year Member of the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, and my interests have always center around building and operating large scale gas, steam and electric model yachts. Over my years of modeling, I have always been intriqued by the Disney version of the Nautilus since I first saw the movie as a kid. Approx. 2 weeks ago, Lee Seiler completed an outstanding model of the Nautilus, complete with rust and all the authentic touches. However, I originally wanted a completed model that was painted, but still in two halfs. Even though Lee spot glued the hulls together and then finished the model, his craftsmanship is much too perfect for me to ever be split apart, or cut-up for diving planes. Also, since I've always been accustomed to building models with hull lengths in the 56" to 65" range, Lee's 30" model, once I received it, looks too small for me. I'm finding that I am more partial to something in the 48" to 60" length. So, I searched the internet and found the Engel Model Submarine Co. in Germany. After contacting the company and speaking to Greg for quite some time, and then brousing through their on-line website, I was very impressed with the quality of their Nautilus kit. But when we started talking about the cost of a kit, plus shipping, along with the fluctuating value of the dollar vs. the Euro, I found myself looking at a possible $2,000+ price tag. After being a modeler for quite some time and fairly cost conscious, my first reaction was to join a Model Submarine Club(which I did today), so I can speak to fellow Members that may be able to help me out. Therefore, here are my opening questions, that I would be very happy if you could help me begin to answer:
** Are there any Engel Nautilus Submarines out there, that someone has built, that they are tired of, or in need of repair, that they would like to possibly sell?
** Are there any SubCommittee Members, that have developed their own version of the Nautilus in the 48"+ length, that are creating a complete kit with diving planes, drive motor, ballast tanks
etc. with a complete WTC?
** Do any Members have a used Nautilus model that might be a good start for what I'm looking to build(re-build?)...the Engel Company's price tag and the uncertainty of the model's price &
shipping costs surprised me.
Any help you can give me would be really appreciated...many thanks, chooch