Jules Vern's NAUTILUS

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by rgmarine, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. rgmarine

    rgmarine New Member

    After building plastic and wood ship models for many years I decided to try my hand at paper modeling. This model of the Nautilus as depicted in Disney's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" is my first attempt at paper and I added a lot of additional detail from parts that I cobbled from many places. Enjoyed building this so much that I ordered Taschen Titanic, Halinski Scharnhorst and many others. Now I just have to find time to build them.

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  2. Gixergs

    Gixergs Well-Known Member

    Amazing work,where did the Nautilus model come from and any chance of some more pictures please.
  3. rgmarine

    rgmarine New Member

    More on Nautilus

    The model is a Jon Leslie design, I believe. It is available at the is link:
    (no commercial links allowed!)

    For those who are interested, here is a little more info. The hatches were made from wood buttons with hinges made of paper and dowel pieces. The conning tower windows were made from dolls eyes bought in a craft store - cut out the back remove the "eye" and you are left with a nice clear dome shape (you can buy a bag of various sizes for a couple of bucks). The large side viewing windows were the most challenging. I finally got some inspiration when I bought some lightbulbs for the house in a blister pack. The shape was close but too small, so off I went to Home Depot to look at things in blister packs when, lo and behold, I found the perfect size and shape in a toilet bowl flapper valve (amazing the sources for modeling materials). Another interesting item is the spiral speed log. This I made from a piece of spiral macoroni. The original macoroni had two spirals so I cut one spiral off with a dremel tool. The prop shroud was made from PVC pipe. Other deck hardware came from kit pieces that I had lying around.

    If you look through the windows you can see Captain Nemo and the interior of the grand salon. These came from ensmallments that I made from movie stills and glued them behind the windows.

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  4. silveroxide

    silveroxide Well-Known Member

    Great job in the construction of the Nautilus. I thought that the model was bit smaller than that. It looks like you enhanced and enlarge the model, which allows for better details. Enjoy and see you around the forum.
  5. dnalor

    dnalor Active Member

    Wauw what a great moddel..
    a few months back a did a walkthrough at disneyland paris...
    i'm glad it's not a free model..because then i need to have a bigger todo list :)
    she looks the same as the master replicas nautilus.
  6. rgmarine

    rgmarine New Member

    More on Nautilus

    The model is 36 inches long and was made from 60lb cardstock reinforced wbalsa wood. After coating with clear matte finish it seems very sturdy and shows no signs of warping even in the humid climate we have here in Florida.

    I must say that I really enjoy reading the info in this forum and have learned a lot from all those who have posted their experiences here.

    Also I would like to thank you all for the kind words. They provide much need encouragement.

    You can see on my workbench that there are several projects in various stages of completion. There is Nautilus, a Spanish galleon, and the hull of a revenue cutter.

    Edges of the paper was colored with marker pens. Additional rivets were put on parts that I added with black markers. The finished model was coated with four coats of Testors satin finish clear coat (clear parts were masked during the final coats.

    I'm working on a display stand for it. Found four nice nautilus shells at a shell store and was thinking of supporting the model between the four of them on a display base board.

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  7. DanBKing

    DanBKing Active Member

    A beautiful looking model.:thumb:
    The added detail takes it to studio quality.

    Love it!!
  8. F131

    F131 Member

    I'm glad to see other's are building Jon's model. I really like your additions.:thumb:
    Here is my version:

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  9. rgmarine

    rgmarine New Member


    Great job on your Nautilus, F131. Wish I had read your file before I started mine. It could have saved me a lot of running around. Looks like we ended up with many of the same ideas in the end.
  10. Gixergs

    Gixergs Well-Known Member

    Ah ha! I thought I had seen a similar build before,thought I was going mad.Great builds by the both of you and a great looking submarine.
  11. Famous Dave

    Famous Dave Member

    WOW! What an amazing job. Thank you for joining and sharing your work with us. Keep up the amazing work.

  12. You did a great job on Jon's Nautilus, RG. I love the pic of Nemo in the wheelhouse. I spend a lot of time at a forum devoted to Nautilus modeling, nautilussubmarine.com, and I can say even those guys would be impressed.
  13. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    @rgmarine, You did a FANTASTIC job on this model. The extra added detail adds character and life to the model.

    @F131, Thank you for sharing your build. You as well, did a FANTASTIC job on your build. I especially like how you went through the entire process of your build and what you used to enhance it.
  14. ShadowHawk141

    ShadowHawk141 Member

    Fantastic builds by the both of you !!

    These are real examples of mastering the craft and showning what can be done with papermodeling.

    The model itself is an icon and these two builds realy give it credit.

    Thanks for sharing!

  15. roberty-bob

    roberty-bob New Member

    I think Harper Goff's Nautilus is one of the most (if not the most) elegantly designed SF crafts ever - I fell in love with it when I saw the movie when I was 9.
    Outstanding job on this - a beautiful and lovely job!
  16. zathros

    zathros SENIOR Administrator

  17. gideon1962

    gideon1962 Member

    Beautiful work! I did the Disney download version a few years back, nowhere near the detail, complexity, or artistic ability of yours!
  18. F131

    F131 Member

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