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DISNEY NAUTILUS

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Airfix were going to produce a smallish injection moulded kit back in the 80's. I saw their test shot at a trade fair back in those days. Unfortunately they pulled the plug on the project.

With the recent interest in pseudo Victorian era 'Steampunk' kits coming onto the market, it may be a good time for one of the big players to negotiate something with Disney. Something that scales out at about 18 inches long long would be nice....Not too big or small.

I believe that Moebus have produced a Nautilus kit that looks the part for the era but naturally has to look different to the Disney version for copyright reasons.

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I'm surprised someone didn't produce that back in the 50's/60's after that movie was so popular. Back then, copyrights weren't such an issue as today! Speaking of which, since anyone would have that problem today, you probably won't see a Disney Nautilus kit, unless it's got a hefty price tag. The ride is closed at the park, the movie is long out of circulation/popularity, and they don't have a need to "publicize" it, which means no need to merchandize it either.

 

Steampunk is cool, and the best shot, but like you said, would need alteration to get an authentic Disney version.

 

GIl :smiley16:

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I have seen some of the resins here in the UK.......Don't have a wallet thick enough, unfortunately.

There is an old American Scale Modeling magazine dating from the 60's that I have with an article and drawings running over 2 issues. The magazine quality was poor, being printed on news sheet paper.

Maybe a scratch build might be the answer as the disney version of the vessel is quite angular.

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Scratch build it, that's the only way to go!

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Revell Monogram did a snap tite kit of the Nautilus, but it was from a kids TV show sponsored by Crayola Crayons. 

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Joplin FX, out of somewhere in West Texas, did a non-authorized knock-off of the Disney 20K Nautilus.  The hull shape was there,  but the rakers were separate and the ends of the teeth were rife with bubbles.    Solid resin,  no interior.  Difficult to impossible to light up the distingtive 'eyes'.  After several years of attempts to fix the teeth it moved from the shelf of doom to File-13.

A few years back Hallmark made an authorized Christmas ornament of the Disney Nautilus.   It lights up with onboard batteries.   It looks good with other submarine models on the shelf

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