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 Post subject: Nautilus
PostPosted: Thu 14 Sep 2006 02:07 am 
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Just before Airfix went bankrupt in 1981, it was about to issue a 1/144 Nautilus submarine from the 1950s Disney movie, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Test shots had been made. Comet Miniatures was able to make resin copies of those test shots a few years ago. Fortunately for us, Comet has reissued its resin copy under its Reshape label for only £39.50. If you want a copy of something very unique, I suggest you get one now!

I got mine a few weeks ago. Comparing the kit parts to photos of the test shot parts, they are identicle. You can even see where the sink marks have been crudely filled in on the kit. The parts had a little flash on them. The clear parts were slightly orange in colour. The insides of the hull halves have been thickened in order to give these parts more strength. One of the small parts was missing from my kit, but this was eventually sent to me by Comet Miniatures.


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I had a chat with Peter Allen a couple of nights ago and I asked him, "what happened to the Nautilus mould"? He replied that it was definitely scrapped so I think we can accept that that is what happened to it. He says instructions were drwan up and boxtop proofs made. It was proposed for a late 1970's film tie-in, nobody would license a kit from a 20-year old film. One of these days I will find out what the film was ("Mysterious Island"?).

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I have just bought the 1984 catalogue and the Nautilus is in the catalogue (9 60265) It was part of a range of One day gift sets which I don't think ever saw the light of day.


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Now that Airfix are making new tools for their aircraft, etc., perhaps they might be persuaded to make the Disney Nautilus a reality. Their HMS Trafalgar sub is small but perfectly formed. I remember being really annoyed when the Nautilus never surfaced [sorry about the pun], almost as miffed as the non-appearance of the Corgi 'Dan Dare' car. [but that's another story]. The market for a good injection Nautilus would be quite large, as the thing is a steampunk icon. I would happily buy several. Let's have one!


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Hi Brian,

Still pretty sure the main hang-up is (& always was) Disney's out-of-scale license fee.

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Lars, you're probably bang on target here. The House Of Mouse are well known for their intractability about licensing. [sigh].


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Got to pay their cryogenics support bill!  :wink:

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What's the situation with licencing and the Comet kit? Was it cheaper to licence because of the short production run? Or is the licence why it's so hideously expensive??

I seem to remember there was a vacform a few years ago as well


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Just found this, about a guy from Hawaii who has built a working replica 18' minisub Nautilus! And not only that, he is substantially rebuilding it to make it more accurate.


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XN923:385539 wrote:
What's the situation with licencing and the Comet kit? Was it cheaper to licence because of the short production run? Or is the licence why it's so hideously expensive??

I seem to remember there was a vacform a few years ago as well


As resin kits go, it is pretty reasonable - try shopping around for resin kits in other genres. I think it was Comet that offered the vacform originally.

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peebeep:386321 wrote:
As resin kits go, it is pretty reasonable - try shopping around for resin kits in other genres. I think it was Comet that offered the vacform originally.

peebeep

Sorry, but £43 for a relatively small kit does not count as reasonable in my book, although the price of resin kits does seem to have accelerated a lot in the last few years. It's a nice kit, but I would have considered it reasonable value at £30. Especially as Comet didn't have to do any R&D or make the masters from scractch.


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I can remember seeing a number of mainly American cottage industry kits of the Disney Nautilus over the years in larger scales than the Airfix one that was stillborn. Mostly very expensive.
There are a number of plans that can be downloaded off the internet for anyone who might like to have a crack at scratchbuilding however,


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 Post subject: Re: Nautilus
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Hello

I did the mobeous Nautilus and came out good. I installed some green lights for the "eyes" of the beast. It also includes a small paragrafix sheet for handrails etc


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 Post subject: Re: Nautilus
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Comet Miniatures is now called Timeless Hobbies. You can get the Nautilus kit from

http://www.timeless-hobbies.com/20000-leagues.html

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