I'm not a fan of the "starter" machine tool. A poor-quality tool with sloppy tolerances will result in sloppy parts. It will teach you bad habits that you will need to "unlearn" when you get a better machine. Start with the better machine. Make better parts. Don't waste time and money on a tool that you plan to outgrow. When it's time to sell, you will lose money on it. Losing proposition all the way around.
For $100, you can get a 1/150 scale (16 inches long) Disney Nautilus. It's resin and white metal, and the hull is solid resin, so no interior detail. http://www.rc-submarine.com/product-page/3a9ee0e4-dbb4-3f96-f2e5-084dd91b684c For $396, you can get one in 1/77 scale (31 inches long). This one has a hollow hull that can be detailed or made remote control. There is a lighting kit made for it. Not cheap, but we only live once. Everybody has their Grail kit. http://www.rc-submarine.com/product-page/a5952b51-0edc-b170-4f94-648d4a9dec86 There's another company that makes a couple of different Seaview subs. Of course they offer the two different window configurations, but they offer a "Concept II", which is their idea of a second generation Seaview, much more streamlined...and looks pretty good. It's 58 inches long.
There are a couple of lighting kits available for this model. One from the US requires assembly; builder needs to know how to solder on a circuit board. There's one from England that I believe is already put together. It also turns on several different lights in sequence, then turns them off in reverse sequence. Para Grafix has an aftermarket photetch set which includes structural beams and ceiling grates for the interior. They instruct the builder to replace all grates if using a lighting kit. The Disney version is available in close to the same scale and also 1/77 (31 inches long) from an RC sub place. The 31" long version is $350 and has aftermarket lighting available. Another rc place has one that is 66 inches long. It would be really cool to superdetail that one. Having said all of that, neither is anything like the description in the book. That sub is describes as cigar-shaped, 70 meters long and 8 meters in diameter. A few other details are mentioned throughout the book. Oh, hey- nice job on the model. That's a really striking display I wonder...what kind of paint would be safe for something going in an aquarium? Put that squid in there and scare the heck out of the fish.
Indeed. I made 2 identical brass gun barrels for a friend's armor projects. They were made from brass stems out of faucets. I'm a plumber and I keep any used brass parts that could be useful for machining. This is his T34/100
I think a Sherline would be the best way to go. LOTS of tooling and accessories available from the factory plus aftermarket support as well. It's a great value for American-made machinery: I don't know of any websites dedicated to getting rid of slop in a Sherline, unlike some Asian tools. Check Craigslist as well. You can get a free cell phone app called Craigslist Pro and have several cities programmed in to make searching faster.
The Hasegawa kit was originally issued about 10 years ago. Unless they made an all-new tool, you can find them online now. Read Alex Kustov's review/buildup here: http://italianhorses.net/gallery/hasegawa/hasmiura/miura.htm
The inline-6 in Tamiya's Jaguar Mk II Saloon looks very nice. The race version has Weber carbs. Roden offers a model of a 1/32 Mercedes engine as used in the Albatross D. III. Add Webers and custom headers and that would make a heck of a show rod engine. <ahem> if it's the right size.
If you go through with this and want to have molds made, choose someone who does this sort of thing for a living. Someone whose work you can see beforehand. I was involved with getting several people to purchase the masters for a 1/8 scale Barracuda. It got passed around to several guys who couldn't make anything happen and now has apparently vanished. You may get a case of sticker shock, but that would be nothing compared to your expensive masters disappearing. The model will be expensive. No way around that...unless you are fabulously wealthy and plan to lose money on this idea. I have to say, I think a 2 door would be a better seller. I know that's not what's on the show, But coupes just sell better. They also get customized and restored more. I have never seen Supernatural. I don't know the first thing about it. I also have no idea what you would charge for the model, but I will say that I would spend $500 on a 1/6 scale 2 door. Maybe more.