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My 1/35th, 66" long Disney Nautilus

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  • My 1/35th, 66" long Disney Nautilus

    Its a big boat! This has been a dream of mine since I first saw the movie as a kid. When one recently showed up for sale on the Nautilus Drydocks I pounced! I am so stoked! It arrived with some minor shipping damage, nothing too bad. Upon initial inspection it was apparent it needed some TLC. I pulled the rakers off and the interior bulkheads out first thing. Reworked the ram based on how Bob did it on the 1/77th build, the rudder needed to be slightly shortened and the vertical fin straightened a bit. The breather vents were glued down but I have since reworked them to open and close. The biggest challenge was the fit of the top and bottom halves. There was some pretty serious warping going on. To correct it I added some brass alignment tabs to the top half and then did some serious bondo work to fill the worst of the gaps. A heat gun helped a lot too. I cleaned up the inside with a Dremel sanding drum and removed a lot of mold flashing that was on it and wherever I did some fill work I had to come back and add the rivets that got sanded off. It looks so much better now. I have the ballast tanks and one of the water tight boxes already. Most of the remaining parts have been ordered. Once I get the parts to redo the propeller pitch movement I will be able to put the rakers back on it. I plan to rework it the way Bob did the 1/77th. Going to put a brushless system in it and a modular sub system.. This thing is crazy detailed and is going to be so awesome when finished.

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    Glad it went to a good home. You have no idea how that model started life. I had to rebuild after UPS backed over the kit. I sailed it for many years but it just got to be too big for me to handle at 68. I recently got a smaller one. So you now own a part of history. This was built by the guys that did Spock's ears and creatures for Ghostbusters and more.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojS5TuhYgM

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    • #3
      Originally posted by SteveNeill View Post
      Glad it went to a good home. You have no idea how that model started life. I had to rebuild after UPS backed over the kit. I sailed it for many years but it just got to be too big for me to handle at 68. I recently got a smaller one. So you now own a part of history. This was built by the guys that did Spock's ears and creatures for Ghostbusters and more.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QojS5TuhYgM
      Bob told me a little about its past before I purchased it. You did a heck of a job repairing the extensive damage inflicted by the carrier. Rest assured that she will sail again. Very cool to add that bit of history to its story as I share its past with others. Thank you!

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      • #4
        Got the rakers back on. Looking better!

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        • #5
          Holy cow! You're not wasting any time! And you're doing a tremendous job on it so far. Loving it! We'll get that thing wet in no time!

          Bob

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          • #6
            Yes sir! Hoping to make it happen soon. Right now I am looking at how to automate the hatch and breathers.

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            • #7
              Good luck with the build-I see that you don't need any luck with your abilities! You got this...regarding those breathers and hatch, consider this-a horizontal rod with cam action bends to ride in a slide hole in each breather bottom and when puled fwd it also slides open the hatch. The timing of this cam rod could open all the breathers at once or sequentially and since its a captive cam sliding thru a hole in a tab under each breather, they will be pulled closed as the rod is moved back...BG

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bob Gato View Post
                Good luck with the build-I see that you don't need any luck with your abilities! You got this...regarding those breathers and hatch, consider this-a horizontal rod with cam action bends to ride in a slide hole in each breather bottom and when puled fwd it also slides open the hatch. The timing of this cam rod could open all the breathers at once or sequentially and since its a captive cam sliding thru a hole in a tab under each breather, they will be pulled closed as the rod is moved back...BG
                Thank you sir!! I think I understand what you are saying but the breathers close with a forward motion while the hatch plates close with a rearward motion. They are working opposite each other basically. I think I have a possible solution. Once I get the hatch plates working smoothly I will be able to test it.

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                  • #10
                    Primer is on and it is just about ready for paint.

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                    • #11
                      A base coat of Rustoleum Venetian Bronze going on.

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                      • #12
                        Now to accent the panel lines and rivets then rust it up a bit. It is looking really good. The time spent prepping rivets and other details is paying off.

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                          Some weathering thoughts:

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                          David
                          "... well, that takes care of Jorgenson's theory!"

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                          • #14
                            Thank you David. Awesome looking effects. I have some of the Modern Masters Metal Effects Iron paint I am going to try. I also have some different paints I can run through my airbrush as well as some oil paints I could use for washes. I even have powder pigments. I have not done much weathering aside from basic washes so I will be learning.

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                            • #15
                              Airbrushed some thinned down flat black to accent rivets and panel lines then gave it a coat of Krylon clear flat acrylic. The effect is very subtle which is what I was after. She is now ready for rusting.

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