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  • Member since
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  • From: Franklin Wi
Pegasus Hobbies Nautilus
Posted by Bakster on Saturday, May 7, 2022 11:08 PM

Looking for another fun project I came across this little gem.

(Sorry Bullion Express fans, it is still on hold). If it's any consolation-- this project marries well in that Nemo is, its prime character as well).

Looking at the kit, the quality of its detail should produce a nice model. The kit comes with window masks and PE too! Nice...  

I'll start the project with what some call, the salon. It deserves some detailing because it is a neat section of the sub. Add some interior lighting and it should be to good effect.

Anyhow-- I must make it nice because I'll be there many a night drawing plans for the Bullion Express. Also--Nemo likes to tip brandy and smokes cigars there. That's when he is not sinking ships for sport. Maybe if he is in a good mood, he will share brandy and cigars with me. Big maybe! Sad

Because of time limitations I expect this project to span months and progress could be slow. Updates could be mundane for that reason. Just giving a heads up on that. But-- that is part of the journey for me.

Here is what comes in the box:

Bench is reset and ready to make a big mess.

Until later.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Saturday, May 7, 2022 11:30 PM

Cool.  Bob Stamp has a thread on his build here somewhere.

And a review here: https://finescale.com/product-info/kit-reviews/2014/01/pegasus-hobbies-the-nautilus

 

Thanks,

John

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Posted by PhoenixG on Sunday, May 8, 2022 12:36 AM

LOL

Bakster, I look forward to hearing how well Nemo entertains his guests as well as watching the build progress. Smile

On The Bench:

TBD

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:31 AM

keavdog

Cool.  Bob Stamp has a thread on his build here somewhere.

And a review here: https://finescale.com/product-info/kit-reviews/2014/01/pegasus-hobbies-the-nautilus

 

 

Thanks for the link, John! It is a good read, and there are some good tips there.

The reviewers point about detailing the interior is a common complaint with this kit. Poor lighting is a major issue. Some builders complain that even with adequate interior lighting the jeweled window assembly finishes off the problem by distorting what a person can see. You can see shapes and such, but that is about it.

I am firmly in the camp that if I can't see it, I don't waste time on it. But, and that is big but, I hope to CHEAT! Lighting is a must, and I will do that, but I will make the window assembly removeable. Then if a person wants to see the interior in all of its glory, you can. That is the plan, anyway. Lol.

I recall seeing and commenting to Bobs salon. It looks awesome! I hope we see more!

 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:35 AM

PhoenixG

LOL

Bakster, I look forward to hearing how well Nemo entertains his guests as well as watching the build progress. Smile

 

LOL.  In my opinion, Nemo is a classic narcissist. I am sure he'll regale us with his many exploits!

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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:36 AM

Hi;

       I haven't seen the kit itself till this post. Now I am wondering, can .010 sheet be cut for those salon Windows? I might try a mockup first. It might not be easy, But, might improve the clarity thereof

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 7:47 AM

Tanker-Builder

Hi;

       I haven't seen the kit itself till this post. Now I am wondering, can .010 sheet be cut for those salon Windows? I might try a mockup first. It might not be easy, But, might improve the clarity thereof

 

Dang it, TB. That is an interesting idea... I will give it thought.

dlh
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Posted by dlh on Sunday, May 8, 2022 9:28 AM

I'm building this kit now.  Will will be lit with a Voodoo kit.  Right now, I'm pondering what finish the exterior will get.  I've looked at lots of builds and examples online.

Have fun.  I'll be following.

Dave

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 11:01 AM

dlh

I'm building this kit now.  Will will be lit with a Voodoo kit.  Right now, I'm pondering what finish the exterior will get.  I've looked at lots of builds and examples online.

Have fun.  I'll be following.

Dave

 

Hey Dave, thanks for chiming in. What finish are your leaning towards? Like you, I have been looking at other builds. I am leaning towards a rust brown. How far along are you on your build?

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 11:42 AM

Interesting video about the movie, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.


https://youtu.be/U1fpTp66vjU

 

 

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Posted by lurch on Sunday, May 8, 2022 12:40 PM

That looks like a cool thing to do. I like it.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:02 PM

lurch

That looks like a cool thing to do. I like it.

 

Indeed! 

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Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 1:45 PM

I didn't think I'd be posting today but here is something to chew on.  I removed and cleaned up parts for the salon. Until I did this I didn't know just how much detail they put into this. I like it. Below are a series of images showing how this assembly will look. Keep in mind these are loosely fitted and "kind of" being held together by tape.

I thought you guys would like to see this. The images are best viewed by clicking on or expanding them.

Below: See the door at the far right corner? I may be opening that up. I had seen someone do that and then light it from behind with what was probably a flickering tealight. It gave the effect of an engine room and it was to good effect.

TB-- here is pic of the windows. On closer inspection the clarity is not too bad. I think the bigger issue is the facets, angles, and ironwork. Replacing all those panes would be a massive and precarious task. I will stick with my plan to make it removeable.

Thanks for the idea though. It was a good one!

 

 

 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Sunday, May 8, 2022 11:36 PM

A screencap taken from the Disney movie and it shows the color they used. Of course, that said, it is up to the builder. Pegasus designed their own version of Nautilus, and that opens the door even more to creative license.

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, May 9, 2022 12:18 AM

Wow she was pretty rusty afterall.   There's an old build thread here a guy did - a resin kit that looked over-rusted, but now...maybe not

Thanks,

John

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Posted by DUSTER on Monday, May 9, 2022 12:20 AM

Bakster

 

I thought you guys would like to see this. The images are best viewed by clicking on or expanding them.

Man that is nice detail and the clarity of the far window even shows Cptn. Nemo's wine storage---Oh, wait. I get it now, that's Your paint bottles--Geesh I was sure fooled there for a moment

 

Seriously, looks like a great model and will be a pleasure to watch your progress.

 

Steve

Building the perfect model---just not quite yet  Confused

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 9, 2022 8:48 AM

DUSTER
he clarity of the far window even shows Cptn. Nemo's wine storage

Still groggy from the night sleep I thought, "Wine storage? Did I miss something?"  Then I read on. Lol.  You had me there for a sec.

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Posted by Bakster on Monday, May 9, 2022 9:18 AM

keavdog

Wow she was pretty rusty afterall.   There's an old build thread here a guy did - a resin kit that looked over-rusted, but now...maybe not

 

I may have seen that thread, I just don't remember it. 

I watched a resin build on YouTube and that kit is 31 inches long. The model is much more in line to the Disney version. He followed the same rusty appearance. I do like that look, and since there is a basis for it being that way-- I am 98% certain that is how I will go with it too. I watched some clips from the movie and some sections of the interior have mild rust streaking too. That said though... I would not think bad of anyone doing it different. It would be cool to see this boat in copper--or corroded copper, or brass even. 

For anyone interested, here is a link to the 31 inch build I had watched. I like this channel. The guy does good work and I appreciate his sense of humor too! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbPjfHZvt-8 

 

dlh
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Posted by dlh on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 10:11 AM

Bakster

 

 
dlh

I'm building this kit now.  Will will be lit with a Voodoo kit.  Right now, I'm pondering what finish the exterior will get.  I've looked at lots of builds and examples online.

Have fun.  I'll be following.

Dave

 

 

 

Hey Dave, thanks for chiming in. What finish are your leaning towards? Like you, I have been looking at other builds. I am leaning towards a rust brown. How far along are you on your build?

 

I've worked on the lighting electronics and begun painting the salon interior.  I'm still undecided about the exterior color. (One of my other hobbies has captured my OCD attention, Ham Radio.)  I'm sort of torn between a rust finish, maybe:

https://www.modernmasters.com/en/landing/homeowners/brands/me

I already have some.  Or one of Vallejo's Metal Colors:

I have those too.

https://acrylicosvallejo.com/en/category/hobby/metal-color-en/

I like steel and jet exhaust. I used one of the metal colors on the civillian build of the Hannebau.

 

  Maybe I'll try to use both rust and metal colors. There are a few online builds with nice rust finishes.  I have the hull painted with Vallejo black primer.

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 2:27 PM

Hey Dave-- much to comment on here.

1. I don't know if you are aware, but Greg is into Ham Radio as well. You two should talk. If I can help facilitate, let me know.

2. I was looking at the M&M treatments as well. I watched two videos where the builders tried it on their Nautilus builds. The oxidation effects are amazing, though, extreme. The good news is that it is easy to brush off and get the look that you want. You have probably seen those videos. Both builders were less than happy with the outcome, but both admit the error was on their part. In one case the problem boils down to his base colors and his preshading. The other was a case of applying more than one application.

I am on the fence as to whether I will try it.

3. I like your choice in models. I have looked at those UFO kits as well. Nice job on those!

 

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Posted by keavdog on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 4:51 PM

Dave those Haunebus are awesome!  I got my ham radio license when I was 13 - WB6PJZ.  Haven't been active in years... like 40 years but I've renewed my license over the years but currently don't have a rig.

Thanks,

John

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 7:18 PM

Glad to see some fellow hams on here!

I got my license 64 years ago- K9LCI-  and intend to renew it if I am still around for its 70th year! 

My interest in ham radio was my springboard into getting an electrical engineering degree, and a decent career that followed.

I have very fond memories of building transmitters and receivers, and all the friends I made in the process.

73, OM!

 

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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Posted by Gamera on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 9:58 PM

Oh that's soooooooooo cool Bakster! Somehow I missed this! Love how she's going! 

Somehow I'd pictured her as a sorta verdigris green or whatever you call the greenish colour you get when copper or bronze oxidizes. Not sure if that was from the movie or the ride at Disney World. 

Dlh: Oh WOW! Those saucers are so cool too! Love 'em! 

"I dream in fire but work in clay." -Arthur Machen

 

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:11 AM

Gamera
! Somehow I missed this! Love how she's going! 

Glad you found it. Was beginning to think I was banished to the forbidden zone. Lol.

Gamera
Somehow I'd pictured her as a sorta verdigris green or whatever you call the greenish colour you get when copper or bronze oxidizes. Not sure if that was from the movie or the ride at Disney World. 

Not sure where you saw that but it sounds good to me as a viable option.

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 12:18 AM

Back in my day I'd have to learn morse code to get a ham radio license. Or, so I thought so. I hear they no longer require that  So, at that time, I had a CB base station. Not as cool as ham, but I did have fun. Much to my families chagrin it messed up the TV signal when I keyed the mic. 

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Posted by PhoenixG on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 2:33 AM

Bakster, enjoying the insight into build process for this model, as well as the sneak peak into early fitting. Smile

DLH, thanks for sharing the link to MM.  Their oxidation effects are impressive.  Also, excellent choice in reading materials.  Orson Scott Card's "Speaker for the Dead" was a very good follow up to "Ender's game". 

On The Bench:

TBD

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Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 9:21 AM

PhoenixG
Bakster, enjoying the insight into build process for this model, as well as the sneak peak into early fitting.

Sounds good!

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Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:25 PM

Bakster, yes, way back in those days you had to pass a profiency test in sending and receiving morse code, as well as a written test on electronics as applied to ham radio.  I remember my Dad driving me and a friend to a federal building in Chicago to take those tests way back in the 1950's. Needless to say, we were both quite apprehensive, but we both passed the exams and got our ham licenses.

Gimme a pigfoot, and a bottle of beer...

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:13 PM

Cadet Chuck

Bakster, yes, way back in those days you had to pass a profiency test in sending and receiving morse code, as well as a written test on electronics as applied to ham radio.  I remember my Dad driving me and a friend to a federal building in Chicago to take those tests way back in the 1950's. Needless to say, we were both quite apprehensive, but we both passed the exams and got our ham licenses.

 

Then my memory hasn't failed me. Hats off to you for going through that and passing! That is pretty cool. Why do you suppose they had such criteria for Ham Radio? They treated it as serious business. 

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  • From: Franklin Wi
Posted by Bakster on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 8:48 PM

I started work on the bulkhead door. Drawing from what I learned in the Bullion Express build, I set out to cast a door.

The frame made from styrene, the clay is Sculpey.

The mold compound is Smooth-On. 



Casted using Smooth Cast 300.



Both the mold compound and resin are leftover and several months old. Fortunately, it was still useable.

Next step is to remove the door from both the resin and the kit piece. Then, I need to  fashion the resin door so that it has two sides to it. Thus, two casts. After that, it's a matter of mounting it in an open position.

I need to start collecting paint I will need for the interior. A trip to HobbyTown is in the offing.

And that is where I am at.

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