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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #175 on: September 17, 2013, 07:50:48 PM »

Stunning work! Your tips on running oil-paint has taken me back to school. Very, very informative stuff; a most useful WIP thread. Keep it up.
 
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #176 on: January 27, 2016, 06:02:14 PM »

"Got a whale of a tale to tell you lads!"
730 days and counting, I am back on Nautilus. Red October is now silently approaching the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, so its back on Nemos sub.
Broke the ram off the bow over new year, I blame Jack Daniels! Now fixed, I then proceeded to break a blade off of the prop, not good. As it is a cast propeller, catching it in a door frame is not to be recommended.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #177 on: January 27, 2016, 06:16:13 PM »

The prop was drilled to accept an M" stainless bolt with the head chopped off. This was then Plastic Weldered together and left to go off. Following a bit of tickling with wet and dry paper, I moved on to repairing the damaged paintwork of the prop. Using Rub N Buff gold, applied with an old duff brush, left to dry for a few minutes, then buffed up to a shine, I had a good looking prop...time to weather it!
Using a tester pot of acrylic kitchen paint, roughly coloured like verdigris, I applied a wash, which promptly ran off the polished surface! I then abused it with a Scotchbrite pad, to give the wash something to grip to, which worked nicely. Giving the wash a couple of minutes to settle down, I then proceeded to remove most of it again with a cloth and the stubborn bits, with a finer Scotchbrite pad.
Satisfied that I have at least one good blade, it was back on the model.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #178 on: January 27, 2016, 06:21:18 PM »

Also time to start work on the lighting rig for the model when in the water. I want the mysterious glow from around the sub as well as the two 'eyes' lit up. I have decided to use acrylic sheet as a diffuser, drilled to accept ultra-bright 3mm LEDs. One big piece supported about 20mm above the forward watertight hatch, which will illuminate through the freeing ports below the bridge windows. With a second 'diffuser' inside the upper conning tower to illuminate the 'eyes'.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #179 on: January 27, 2016, 06:24:16 PM »

In the last picture you can see how I get twice my moneys worth with the LEDs. Direct light and reflected light at the same time. I have one LED in the picture, I shall be fitting twelve ultra-bright turquoise ones, due from Component Shop in the next day or so, that should show up!
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #180 on: January 27, 2016, 06:27:19 PM »

The 'eye' diffusers are slightly different, having to fit in an awkward position. I ended up making cardboard templates till I got the shape just right, then proceeded to acrylic. This was cut out on a band saw, filed, polished, then lightly abraded to help diffuse the light.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #181 on: January 27, 2016, 06:32:08 PM »

There is just enough light spill into the wheelhouse to illuminate all the brasswork, none of which I have built yet! I have opted for Ultra-Bright Warm White for these to avoid the 21st century blue/white light look of normal white LEDs.
The other five bladed prop? That's for Nautilus 2, was nice and bright when I received it ( cheers Prop Shop :-)) ), kind of turned a bit rough after I bunged it in some salty water with an old iron bolt and 36v coursing through it :}
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« Reply #182 on: January 27, 2016, 07:20:29 PM »

Having only joined Mayhem early last year I have only come across this thread today....... What fantastic work! :-)) . Your attention to detail and ability to recreate it together with your weathering is fantastic. I thought the photo of the prop was from the real sub until I realised there wasn't one {-) ...... Let's hope it's not 3 years until the next post....... U2
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #183 on: January 27, 2016, 08:09:40 PM »

Good going, old chap...very impressive indeed.




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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #184 on: January 27, 2016, 08:39:43 PM »

The lighting coming out the sides is a great effect. You are doing some great details, thank you!
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #185 on: January 27, 2016, 10:50:30 PM »

The film is great though I have not seen it for ages. There was a sort of sequal set in a submerged dome but I cannot recall the name and am not sure it was as good.

Lovely work and I agree that the props are works of art.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #186 on: January 27, 2016, 11:03:52 PM »

There have been many actors portray Captain Nemo, but none nailed it quite like James Mason.

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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #187 on: January 28, 2016, 01:41:56 PM »

Cheers guys, Much appreciated.

James Mason nailed it. I have seen the late nineties, made for TV versions, too long, no singalongs! ( What is it with 50s and early 60s films that they all had to have a catchy song in them, westerns and The Cruel Sea being some of the worst perpetrators!)

I am familiar with the 'sequel' with the dome in it. I have seen the Nautilus model used in that film, it was sold through a movie prop auction site about three years ago, it looks like a wedding cake with a tail!

I may have said it before, but painting and weathering is a combination of practical experience and much copying of others, then lightly buffed with a cloth!

Anyway, LEDs arrived, very nice light. Out with the soldering iron, then figure out how to waterproof them. Watch this space ok2
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« Reply #188 on: January 28, 2016, 06:48:44 PM »

There have been many actors portray Captain Nemo, but none nailed it quite like James Mason.

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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #189 on: January 29, 2016, 10:26:35 AM »

hhmm I went for 10mm Green led`s myself give a strong light through the eyes but a defused light through the bridge


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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #190 on: January 29, 2016, 06:10:00 PM »

The upper 'eyes' were originally EMA half hemispheres with a GOW bulb hot glued inside them. When I changed from Grain of Wheat bulbs to LEDs instead ( following some sage advice on the subject here on the forum :-)) ) I had to warm them to release the bulbs. A side effect of this was the weird green/white mix of colours as the hot glue and clear green paint interacted inside the hemispheres, resulting in the odd look in daylight. The only downside being that I will not get the brightest light through these upper fittings.
Anyway, lighting rig got its LEDs fitted last night. I am sure on reflection I could have connected to veroboard for tidiness, but only thought of it afterwards, so spider web wiring it is!
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #191 on: January 29, 2016, 06:14:29 PM »

Now this lot will need sealing against salt water, so I have planned to go with Servisol Plastic Seal 60, a sort of spray enameling sealer. About three or four coats should do the job, however I may put together a test rig first just to be sure. My only worry being that it may reduce my buffed down, slightly translucent finish, back to a crystal clear look.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #192 on: January 29, 2016, 06:16:08 PM »

Operational colours are now fitted. Turquoise for the big 'horse tablet' and warm white for the upper bridge.
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #193 on: January 29, 2016, 06:19:15 PM »

Couldn't resist test fitting them at well past midnight just to see how they looked.

Not too good in daylight, but those night time sub sailings will be even more exciting than expected :o
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #194 on: January 29, 2016, 06:23:47 PM »

Looking at the paint finish in the last photo..I think it needs a bit more of a 'metal' sheen to the centres of the panels. Not sure yet how to accomplish that..will give it much thought....
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #195 on: January 29, 2016, 10:10:51 PM »

Your lighting system is pot on! I like eerie green light, very sinister:O)

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« Reply #196 on: January 31, 2016, 11:15:39 PM »

I agree it has that erie look that the movie had. Well done!

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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #197 on: February 23, 2016, 05:49:09 PM »

Guess what?? Broke it again!!
I had the upper structure standing on end, leaning on the hull, when over it went..broke the upper front raker off at No1, spitting the rest up to No4... one evening before the Midhurst Show. Much new swear words were recorded for future use. I had to quickly make good the damage, and blow in a quick coat of metallic whatever colour to blend it all in. The problem with this being I had to match the rest of the model too >>:-( ..

Any way, temporary patch applied.
Next job, get the salon window lights working for Yeovilton Show.. bit more of a bodge, I shall tidy this up later. A quick pass with the camera beforehand....
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #198 on: February 23, 2016, 05:53:36 PM »

While repainting whole sections of the model AGAIN... I came across a propelling pencil with a soft lead that had to be 3/16" across. I ran this across the rivet heads lightly, followed by my patented left thumb. This resulted in the rivets gaining a very respectable metallic sheen, along with my thumb of course :-)) .
I also applied a small amount of pencil to some of the hard edges or chines of the model, with a bit more thumb blending to suit. The end result looks good. Not sure how resilient it will be when it gets wet though??
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Re: Jules Verne Nautilus
« Reply #199 on: February 23, 2016, 05:57:23 PM »

With the two static shows over, it was time for interior detail. I had managed to pick up some Lesro gratings and a ships wheel at the Midhurst event. I also had some paint encrusted stanchions which I salvaged, plus a length of clear acrylic tube and a selection of bits out of my box of tat..combined it made a (strictly semi-scale) bridge interior for Nautilus.
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