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Nautilus Models

This page shows images of the many models of the Nautilus that have been created over the years. 

Some are model kits, some are pre-built static models, others are scratch-built originals either static or
radio controlled.

The vast majority of the models are replicas of the 1954 Disney version of the Nautilus.

Nautilus Inventory

Comet Miniatures Model Kit Comet Miniatures Lead Miniature Nemo's Brand Squid Lure
Icons Disney Nautilus 15 1/2" AND 31" Icons "like" Visions in Scale Disney Model
Sutcliffe tin wind-up toy Paper from germany Tin scratch-built
Manned Nautilus Tokyo Disney Museum Display
Sutcliffe Nautilus - Unda Wunda Tin Toy Submarine
Sutcliffe (tin wind-up toy)

Item: Nautilus, clockwork wind-up tin toy, 1950's to 1970's
(Note: 2 independant sources tell me that this sub was definitely being made in the 1970's BUT early information I had indicated that it was first made in the 1950's. This still has to be reconfirmed)
Manufacturer: Sutcliffe
Length:
Scale:
Description:
Variation of the Unda Wunda model tin toy submarine by the same company. This sub looks the same as the Unda Wunda except the colour is different, and the decals indicate "Nautilus, copyright Walt Disney Productions". 
The toy came boxed with a wind-up key and a "periscope" rubber plug.

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Comet Miniatures (resin and white metal model kit)
Comet of England, made 3, maybe 4 different versions of this model kit:

Item: 1) Jules Verne's Nautilus Submarine
Manufacturer: Comet Miniatures, #CM001, Made in England (circa 1990?) 
Length: 12 Inches (305 mm) Length,
Scale: 1/350
Description (as copied from the box):
"High Quality Limited Run Model Kit
Detailed Scale Model for adult collectors, 
Complete with White Metal Accessories and including Squid Stand"
Limited to only 250 copies

Item: 2)Jules Verne's Nautilus Submarine
Manufacturer: Comet Miniatures, #?, Made in England
Length: 12 Inches (305 mm)
Scale: 1/350
Description:
Note: this model was produced earlier than model #1 and the box has flatter colours

Item: 3)Jules Verne's Nautilus Submarine
Manufacturer: Comet Miniatures, #?, Made in England
Length: ? Inches (? mm)
Scale: 1/?
Description:
Note: this model is larger than models #1 and #2

Comet Miniature Nautilus Model Comet Miniatures (prebuilt model)

Item: Jules Verne's Nautilus
Manufacturer: Comet Miniatures, S.F. Mini-Metals, (?#M.M.01) (circa 1989)
Length: 3 1/2 Inches (88 mm)
Scale: 
Description: 
Miniature White Metal Model, solid

Nautilus Submarine Squid Lure
NEMO'S BRAND SQUID LURE
(prebuilt plastic lure)
Created by: pattern maker: Scott Brodeen (he designed and manufactured this)
Manufacturer: MFG. by Vulcania Tackle Co. Est 1868
(actually circa 1993, actually by Scott Brodeen
Distributed by: Great Western Steam Packet Co.
Description: Guaranteed up to 20,000 Leagues
also effective for Octupus & Cuttlefish
Notes:

1) although the packaging looks "real", the manufacturer and the distributor are humourous names!

2) the sub part of the lure is identical in size and style to the above Comet White Metal miniature
It has been confirmed that Scott made this using a comet minimetal as a base.

Nautilus Paper Model
(paper model book)

Item: nautilus submarine
Manufacturer: Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum
Length:
Scale:
Description:

Revell SnapTite NModel Nautilus
Revell Monogram SnapTite
(plastic model kit)

Item: Nautilus Submarine
Manufacturer:Revell Monogram, SnapTite Models, #85-1178 (circa 1998) 
Length: 12 7/8 Inches (355 mm)
Scale: 1/100th Scale
Description (from the box):
No Gluing, Peel 'N Stick Decals, Ages 8 & up, Skill Level 1
Includes 3 nontoxic paints and brush, colorful cutout background Atlantis.
From the classic Jules Verne tale of sea monsters and adventure, "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", comes an all-new version of the famous submarine of Captain Nemo. Complete with a full interior incorporating a wealth of details from the Captains grand pipe organ to the musterious power supply orb, the Nautilus submarine is as exciting as the actual story that revolves around it and it's charismatic captain.


Nautilus - 31" Icons-like (Disney style)
(prebuilt resin replica)
Pattern Maker: Scott Brodeen

Sold on EBay in 2002, this 31" Nautilus was described as having been built by the same modeller that Icons used for the model above.
(The implication was that this model was created first!)

Further details from email:
This was made by the pattern maker Scott Brodeen. There was also a smaller 16" (15 1/2") model. It was actually sold at Disneyland for a period of time, then later the molds were retooled and made for the release of the same model under the Icons name badge

(See Icons Model)


Icons Authentic Replicas Inc. Nautilus (Disney style)
(prebuilt resin replica)
Pattern Maker: Scott Brodeen

Length: 2 models - 15½ inch & 31 inch replicas

Note: As of March 20, 2000 Icons Authentic Replicas went into bankruptcy
(They were: Icons Authentic Replicas, Inc., North San Fernando Blvd.Suite 363 Burbank,CA 91504  and Icons Authentic Replicas, Inc., 10755 Sherman Way, Unit 3, Sun Valley, CA 91352, TEL: (818) 982-7101, FAX: (818) 982-7271. 

further description:
The 31" model was the last model that Icons produced before going bankrupt. They gave a lot of these to Monsters in Motion in lue of owed payment and other merchandise. It is possible that only 56 of this size were made. The first 26 were artists proofs and signed by Fliescher

also: Icons 16" model master pattern was made by Scott Brodeen, and Icons remolded the pattern and put an Icons badge on it

See: Photos from Guy R's visit to the Icons workshop: Jan 20th 2000 tour

Visions in Scale Disney Nautilus
(prebuilt replica)

Item: Disney Nautilus
Manufacturer: Visions in Scale, created for Disneyana
Length: 24 Inches
Scale: 1" = 7 feet
Description: 
Replica of the submarine featured in the film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,
Limited Edition Series of 25 models

Note: needless to say the models sold out very early

No image available at this time

Visions in Scale Disney Nautilus
(plaque / box-like diorama)

Item: Disney Nautilus
Manufacturer: Visions in Scale, created for Disneyana
Description: fighting a squid on the surface as a plaque / box-like diorama

Tokyo Disney Sea Nautilus (Disney style)
(prebuilt zinc replica) - Japan - 2003 (maybe 2002)

Item:
Manufacturer:
Length: 15 3/4 Inches
Scale: 1/87th
Description:
Zinc die cast metal. Working cabin lights. The model reproduces the sounds of the Nautilus from the 1954 Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The propeller rotates. The lifeboat is removeable (hiding the propeller switch). It comes with a wood/metal display stand.
Limited edition of 2000, and comes with a certificate with its number.

50th Anniversary Disney Nautilus (Artist Proof )
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Productions,Walt Disney Gallery
Length: 22 1/4" long
Scale: 1/96th scale
Description:Offered as part of the upcoming 50th Anniversary 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea limited edition merchandise, the Nautilus is a fully assembled, painted replica featuring lighting replicating the original film creation of Harper Goff.
It is the most accurate model ever offered by the Disney company. Features of this sub include those often missed by modeling enthusiasts, as they are built from the original plans, which ensures that this replica is a first of it's kind creation. It will be offered through the Disney company.

It is a limited edition size of 1000 pieces

The base of this "proof" has the following quote from Nemo:

"The sea is everything...
an immense reservoir of nature
where I roam at will..."
Nemo

(further description from an email: The Walt Disney Gallery will be releasing a limited edition Nautilus replica in 1/96th scale 22 1/4" long, early March 2004, as part of the 50th anniversary of the film. It will be a mail order item and only 1,000 units to be offered. It will, however, be fully finished, painted and lighted internally, resting on a wooden base)

Thank you: William Babington (WbNemo1@aol.com)

50th Anniversary Disney Nautilus (Catalog image )
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Productions,Walt Disney Gallery
Length: 22 1/4" long
Scale: 1/96th scale
Description: Offered as part of the 50th Anniversary 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea limited edition merchandise, the Nautilus is a fully assembled, painted replica featuring lighting replicating the original film creation of Harper Goff.
It is the most accurate model ever offered by the Disney company. Features of this sub include those often missed by modeling enthusiasts, as theses were built from the original plans, which ensures that this replica is a first of it's kind creation. It was offered through the Disney company.

It is a limited edition size of 1000 pieces

See Disney Models Page

 
X-Plus Nautilus (Disney style)
(prebuilt model) - Japan

Length: 15 Inches
Description:
Limited production fully assembled and painted display model on a colour window card. A sea terrain base is included. (Apparently, it was originally designed to be a mold injected model, but to many tooling problems occured so they changed it to a display model)

 
Sega Nautilus "Game Prize" (Disney style)
(prebuilt model)

Length: 8 1/2 Inches
Description:
This solid plastic model was used as a game prize in a Japanese "Claw Arcade" game.
This example was purchased, not won!

  Nautilus Sinking Model (Disney style)
(Resin prebuilt model)

Item:
Manufacturer:
Length:
Scale: 1/35th
Description:
"There is hope for the future, and when the world is ready for a new and better life, all of this will some day come to pass in God's good time." This is a model kit of a Nautilus sinking with a nice display base and a scroll with the final words of captain Nemo. This model has limited availability, requires minimal assembly and painting skills, is made of solid resin. 

  Model Ships Museum Nautilus x 3 (scratch built by Dan Kachur)
The models shown here, are all in the "Model Ships Museum" on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC, Canada

The models were all made by Richmond, BC model maker Dan Kachur 

Item: Scratch Built Nautilus

Item: Scratch built Nautilus (Disney)

Item: Scratch built R/C Nautilus (Disney) + Closeup

Scratch Built Tin Nautilus
Tin Nautilus (Disney style)
(scratch built tin model)

Item: Scratch Built Disney Nautilus
Description:
I discovered this scratch built model of the Nautilus in a collectible shop in Vancouver, BC, in 1998. The store owner told me that a friend had hand built the model out of tin. It was remarkably detailed, right down to a miniature ships wheel and chain steering mechanism viewable through the porthole in the wheelhouse.
(It was NOT for sale!)

Scratch built model by J. Duton.
Manned 1/10th scale Disney Nautilus replica hand-crafted from steel by Pat Regan

Stats:

18 feet X 1.25 tons 
welded steel double-hull construction 
two-place pressure hull 
integral "hydrobatic" air-water ballast system 
24 VDC 4HP electric motor and prop (4 knots X 2.5 hours) 
manual "aircraft-type" guidance controls, sonar 
Maximum design operating depth: 100 feet.

Check out the details at: www.wolfsong.com/SubCommittee/Images4/PR_1.html


 
Other Nautilus Links:
3D model rendering of the Nautilus by Michael Crisafulli 
http://home.att.net/~karen.crisafulli/nautilus.html
3D model rendering of the Nautilus by Bill Bailey:
http://sl001.infi.net/~bailey/photos2.htm
The Nautilus Library. A Comic Book Store win an interior designed like the Nautilus:
http://www.slamsite.com/new/nautilus/info.htm
A unique "non-Disney" Radio Controled version of the Nautilus:
http://www.netlink.com.au/~jduton/nautil.htm
A unique "Nemo/Nautilus" Dive-suit create for a GI-Joe figure:
http://www.q-design.com/toy/20k.html
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