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Gimme Shelter

The Nautilus - Pegasus Hobbies Steampunk 1/144 Kit

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This one has been in my stash since its original release back in 2013, and I admit to spending nearly 2 weeks trying to find it. This is the 2013 Pegasus Hobbies 'Artists Collection by Greg deSantis' conceptional release of Jules Verne's 'The Nautilus' moulded in a beautiful grey polystyrene plastic (main submarine kit) and grey vinyl (Squid, name disk and base).

 

Prior to assembly, I primed the sprues down in Halfords Red/brown primer as a rusty base coat to work up from. I have not bothered with Para Graphix's additional photo-etch set as it does not really have enough on it to warrant the additional cost vs what you will actually see of it from outside looking in. I have enough spare bulbs and wire to produce my own internal lighting set and have put together a rather complicated lighting rig, only to later find out that what I have produced is actually available as a 3rd party lighting kit - again not worth the additional cost when you already have the necessary parts. I'll feed the power from the battery up to the sub along one of the Squids tentacles.

 

It's a kit so of course it has its issues and niggles, but don't be put off by any online review negativities. Modellers overcome issues and this kit has few; so far I give the kit a well earned 99% for fit and well thought out assembly process.

 

I have made a point of not using other online build references to aid in my own, I want this to be my own unique attempt. I've ordered a glass reptile type eye to replace the kit's squid eye and hope to present this on a miniature ocean floor diorama using the kits squid base and a backdrop of seabed ledges.

 

The library windows - the kit provides a comprehensive mask set

 

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The side observation window lights fitted

 

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The side observation ribs - masked with Maskol

 

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Painted black inside to keep them light tight

 

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The lounge lighting

 

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You wont be able to see enough even when lit, so conventional dressed 1/144 figures were used as opposed to worrying about dressing them down to Victorian standards

 

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I used a defusing matt plastic to defuse the side and overhead LED lighting

 

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The organ pipes were added using 0.5mm plastic pipe

 

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Upper deck now fitted and side observation ribs fitted - here she is upside down

 

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13 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

I always find the detail in these quite well done. Mind if i follow the build ? 

tuck in and follow on !

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an update - a few more external parts now added now the forward top piece has been cemented down - the top side "eyes" have blue LED's behind them

 

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The kit is build and all the photo etch has been added - I've added some top-side periscope // snorkel detail to spice the kit up a tad. A top coat of primer has now been added as I have doubts about the photoetch accepting Alcad II paints straight from the bottle

 

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Looks absolutely fantastic!

Very much looking forward to your take on the steam punk aesthetic to the Nautilus.

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Hi There,

Sterling work so far. I've got this on pre-order just now so if it's alright I'll follow this to give me some pointers*.

 

Cheers,

 

Alistair

 

* Ideas that I can steal of course. 😉

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does that "stand" come with the kit? or have you used something else?

 

rgds

John(shortCummins)

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Mr Squids eye has been drilled out ready for the 13mm reptile glass eye due from China a week on Monday - I've also decided to build up the squid's body too using Daz and a skeleton of mails to keep it rigid

 

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Base silver dusting on now too

 

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some more work on the squid and the Nautilus nearing completion

 

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still no sign of Mr Squid's eye from my China ebay supplier - here how it's looking prior to it's new eye and the clear latex body coating

 

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20 hours ago, rockpopandchips said:

Very squiddy! Looking great, now I want to have a go at making one.... 

These kits are extremely expensive at the moment - you might struggle to get one for less than £125 as the first release was limited (as all the decent Pegasus sci-fi kits are). Timeless hobbies, Mr Models and a few others advised me up at the Nationals this weekend that Pegasus are releasing their next batch in February 2020. I hope to get a second kit to modify and steam punk up a tad as a second build

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Mr Squid's eyes finally turned up - now to choose...

 

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2 hours ago, Gimme Shelter said:

Mr Squid's eyes finally turned up - now to choose...

 

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Creepy, I'm glade Halloween's passed

 

rgds

John(shortCummins)

 

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This is fantastic. Amazing kit and really impressive work.

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On 11/15/2019 at 11:29 AM, Gimme Shelter said:

Mr Squid's eyes finally turned up - now to choose...

 

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Green and yellow (top far right), if we are voting, it is the season you know..... 

 

Also really like blue black (top far left) 

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12 hours ago, rockpopandchips said:

Green and yellow (top far right) if we vote, if we are voting, it is the season you know..... 

 

Also really like blue black (top far left) 

yep - I think are right there too, the only other eye that seemed to work was the one on the top left but my ex has blue eyes and I am trying to keep away from the same for the moment !

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Very very nice! I like what you’ve done adding on to the sub’s superstructure. And your full-bodied squid looks great. The glass eyes are a must have imo (I used the same for my Nautilus build). Hope you’ll be able to see more of the detail in the parlor than I was able to achieve. 

 

p.s. If interested here’s a link to my Nautilus build:

 

 

- Bill

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