Nautilus 20000 Thousand Leagues under The Sea

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Project by htl posted 10-13-2017 06:28 PM 7899 views 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nautilus 20000 thousand leagues under the sea Is my all time favorite movie I saw it in the back seat of my folks car at the drive in way back 1955 or so.
It put a deep love of water and diving in my blood that has never died.
So after building my Robby the Robot I got it in my head to give this sub a try and man was it a ball to figure out and build.
There’s all kinds a different shapes and angles so learned a lot playing with this project.
It’s 20” long 4 1/2 wide and high not counting the stand, made out of maple.
I used a Danish hand rub finish.
My wife even loves it and she’s burned out on all my model builds. LOL
The blog on this build is here. Here’s what the model is based on.

Here’s where I got my measurements to build it.

Hope the back ground isn’t to distracting but had fun with it and something a little different.

The sub is based on what it would have been built like in the 1870’s.
Welding hadn’t been invented yet so the sub was built with rivets.
Also there is no real weapons on the ship but back then a good ram rod on the front was all that was needed to hole a wooden ship, and this sub could really hole one with it’s front end.
Now you know why all the teeth on the front. LOL

Can you say scary!!!!!!

Did you guess that there was a beast that gave the sub some trouble in the movie, sad but true. LOL

The other day [6/24/2021] I made something that just might be able to handle the sub.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#1 posted 10-13-2017 06:51 PM

WOW!Incredible and unique project! That propeller looks fantastic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 10-13-2017 07:02 PM

Well done my friend. Nice build and great blog. Thanks.


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#3 posted 10-13-2017 07:11 PM

WOW!Incredible and unique project! That propeller looks fantastic.

- majuvla

Thanks majula and it turns, not many moving parts on a small sub. lol
You too!!! Dutchy thanks!!!

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#4 posted 10-13-2017 07:16 PM

Great build. good story to go along with it too.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 10-13-2017 07:20 PM

Very conversational build. That’s sure thinking out of the box. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-13-2017 07:29 PM

Thanks Hunter
When I was looking at robot pictures for Ideas, I must have come acrossed the Nautilus and after that it just kept turning around in my mind how I could build it, and sure glad I did it was so much fun to build, something that I have loved all my life.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs

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#7 posted 10-13-2017 07:31 PM

very kewl looking and what a gr8 presentation this model turned out very well …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#8 posted 10-13-2017 08:35 PM

That came out great. Really like the background.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 10-13-2017 08:38 PM

And wood FLOATS!

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#10 posted 10-13-2017 09:18 PM

Well done Capt Nemo!

I bet that ram rod will have all the ducks nervous!, ...sure beats the Hunleys effort

Fancy a trip to Copenhagen Peter Madsen may be wanting to employ you.

A very well presented project,... congratulations.

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 10-13-2017 09:37 PM

You’ve done a superb job on the sub, scratch build makes it even more amazing Bruce, well done, Cheers, Peter

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#12 posted 10-13-2017 09:44 PM

Great build! Hard to know how you will top this one!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 10-13-2017 10:33 PM

All Said, all done, and It looks Great! Love the detail, Congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#14 posted 10-13-2017 11:01 PM

That is a very COOL build #4... and well embellished with the pictures…

All it needs is Captain Nemo!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#15 posted 10-13-2017 11:14 PM

Very nice great job can’t believe how fast you build. and very well done also

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