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Lindberg kit, USS Nautilus (SSN-571)

This kit was first introduced in the early 1950’s and is still apparently in the same mold configuration. I had recently ordered it through Amazon and the two hull sides came a bit warped but some rubber bands helped to hold the sides together until the glue dried. I tried to give her the look as she now is as a museum boat in Groton, Connecticut. I added quite a number of “things” that I saw on-line to enhance the model. I have a certain amount of affection for this submarine, as I have read two books about her, done a lot of on-line research and I have the photo of her right after her first time sailing “under nuclear power”, hanging over my fireplace mantle. The badge that is used and also the crew’s uniform patch, I printed from Google on my printer, cut it out and glued it to the wooden base. The two lapel/hat pins were glued also using super glue. (I know she is considered to be a “boat” and not a ship, but I couldn’t find any other appropriate category)

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6 responses

  1. A beautiful result out of this classic kit, Emmet! The Nautilus is an iconic machine and your model depicts it at all its glory!

  2. Thanks and sometimes when you take photos you see things that are reflections that normally don’t show up otherwise. Like that white dot near the diving plane. Don’t know what that is. Can’t see it here……….

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  3. A beautyful Nautilus, Emmet @bmolloy
    The dot is likely a reflection.

    • Yes, you are correct. I had used flat black marker to cover some mistake and also on the hand drawn bow number and it is different from the flat black paint so I guess you get the reflections that way. I recently went over the 571 on the bow with a white pen. The conning tower decal 571, was originally meant for the bow in the instructions, but the one for the conning tower that came with the decal sheet was just too large and looked ridiculous, so I did it this way.

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  4. Another legendary vessel. Best since Jules Verne coined the name !
    Nice work Thanks for showing.

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