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Thanks guys. This isn't based on the movie, it's an artist's interpretation influenced by the description in the novel. I'd tell you who the artist is but I can't find the box. It is an excellent kit. I don't remember what I used for the base color. I do know that it isn't as green as it appears in the top photo. It's closer to the rust color in the bottom one. I did wash it with rust colored detailer and used a few dry pigments and some oils as well under the flat coats. I've built my share of airplanes so the disappearing interior was a bit expected. Disappointing, but not a surprise. I did the inside up anyway. There are bookshelves, a desk with an open book on it, a pipe organ, a two sided couch and a floor globe, maybe more. Peteski is right, once the hull halves are joined you'll never see it again. It was a little hard to keep the long PE pieces true to shape.

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Very nicely done, especially your work highlighting the rivets on the hull. But all the talk of the inside, including your description of it, has me curious what it looks like. Any chance you took photos of it before you closed up the hull? I'm sure by the looks of the outside, the inside is just as spectacular. 

Mike 

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Very nicely done, especially your work highlighting the rivets on the hull. But all the talk of the inside, including your description of it, has me curious what it looks like. Any chance you took photos of it before you closed up the hull? I'm sure by the looks of the outside, the inside is just as spectacular. 

Mike 

If and when I build mine I'll be sure to take photos of the interior.  But don't hold your breath - I have years worth of other in-progress projects in my workshop. :D

I'm also thinking of lighting up the interior, but even then with the small windows it will be hard to see.

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Terrific work. This is 1/144 scale, designed by Greg  deSantis for Pegasus Models, and "inspired" by the Disney movie (with enough differences to avoid Disney's copyright police). If you can find kits or built-ups accurate to the movie boat, you're talking mucho dinero.

A detailed build review, with interiors, can be found when you search at swannysmodels.com

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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. :lol:

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Fantastic job! The closest model one can get at a reasonable price that looks almost as good as the Disney version. The Pegasus Nautilus is a beautiful model and design. But, I'm still hoping that Disney will get smart a let some model company offer a kit of their's molded in styrene at a reasonable price. But, with the way things seem to work with Disney licensing, I'm not holding my breath. And because of that I have thought from time to time of buying the Pegasus version.  I do have the Hallmark Christmas tree ornament of the Disney Nautilus. But, I really want something bigger, with more detail, at a price I can afford.

Enough with my whining. Again, your Nautilus looks great Sam. And thank you for sharing it with us.

 

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