Back in the 1980's, a gentleman by the name of Ray Mason created a wonderful reproduction of the Disney Nautilus that's 50" in length (or about 1/43 scale). The hull itself is very thick fiberglass, and it features amazingly uniform rivet details. A lot of the hull is very accurate to the hero miniature as far as I can tell, including many details that would be difficult to see from the movie, such as the authentic skiff berth. The only area that appears to be somewhat lacking are the breathers.
July 17, 2009
The Mason Nautilus is one of the most coveted Nautilus models around due to its rarity and the amazing details of the hull. It lends itself very well to both R/C conversion and to static display.
Due to its perfect size for R/C (not too big to transport and not too small so that it bobs around on a pond like a cork), my plans as of right now are to convert it to R/C, most likely utilizing a pump style ballast system or RCABS.
For now, enjoy the photos!