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  1. Carson Dyle's Avatar
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    Dec 21, 2009, 4:45 PM - 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #1

    Fellow Proteus nut Drew Huffman, the man largely responsible for this kit, was kind enough to forward me the first casting out of the gate to build as a sample piece. The following build log will give those interested a chance to see the model come together (for those not familiar with the subject, this is the experimental submarine featured in Fantastic Voyage).

    The parts a crisply molded – and there are a lot of them...





    After a small amount of sanding and puttying (the latter to fill in a couple of small bubbles on the window frame) the hull halves were given a medium coat of grey primer.



    The halves are designed to sandwich together so the top can be removed for a better view of the interior. Prep work continues, but this gives you some idea of where I'm at on Day One of the build.



    Still a little puttying and sanding to do, but she's off to a good start.



    For display purposes, the kit includes a pair of support pieces like those seen in the film’s miniaturization sequence. As an option I also drilled a small hole in order to accommodate an aluminum rod (not included with the kit).

    This model was a labor of love for Drew. The result, I think it’s fair to say, is the most accurate version of the subject produced to date. Proteus fans will not be disappointed.

    For additional info re: where to order got here…

    http://www.needfulthings.net/host/cr...alog/index.php

    Stay tuned for additional updates.
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    Dec 21, 2009, 5:12 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #2

    Looking forward to this one
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    Dec 21, 2009, 6:16 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #3

    Not into the subject matter.....but that doesn't matter
    it's a beautiful looking kit, and looking well engineered
    to say the least!!
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    Dec 23, 2009, 11:24 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #4

    Beautiful!
    I've been waiting for an accurate and decent scaled kit for years!
    Thanks for posting.
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    Dec 27, 2009, 9:16 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #5

    They say the kit is sold out! What was one of these selling for.
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    Dec 27, 2009, 11:13 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #6

    It's not sold out; they haven't even gone on sale yet.

    Not sure when Drew is planning on taking orders. I've just been asked to build the "demo model," but I'll post a heads-up here once they go on sale.

    As for the price, I don't believe that's been determined.

    I'll post update pix soon.
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    Dec 28, 2009, 7:26 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #7

    Ive been waiting for this since before wonderfest, mouth watering for the build up shots
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    Jan 1, 2010, 11:56 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #8

    any more progress?
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    Jan 2, 2010, 1:07 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #9

    Should have something Monday.
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    Jan 3, 2010, 4:07 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #10

    Great looking kit.
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    Jan 4, 2010, 12:53 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #11

    Rough test-fit of the interior parts...







    Hull finish is Tamiya Pure White straight out of the rattle-can. I built up a fairly thick base coat because I intend to buff out the surface with polishing abrasives and I don’t want to accidentally sand through the finish.





    Still futzing around with those little "intake discs" on the lower hull. They were originally molded directly on the hull, but I screwed them up when prepping the surface. Should be easy enough to scratch new ones.

    I'll post another update next week.
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    Jan 9, 2010, 6:59 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #12

    Wow. Looks good. I used to have the cheapy vacuum formed Lunar Models version-six pieces as I recall. But then that would be like comparing the Kenner AT-AT to an MR AT-AT.
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    Jan 15, 2010, 4:58 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #13

    any more?
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    Jan 20, 2010, 7:52 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #14

    I warned Drew when I accepted this gig that my progress would be subject to work and family demands, and boy have there been a lot of those lately.

    Not that I'm complaining!

    At any rate, work on the Proteus continues (albeit slowly), and I'll post an update as soon as I have something half-way interesting to show.
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    Oct 6, 2010, 10:32 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #15

    one of my favorite ship!!
    I hope to see your post soon!!!
    If it's possible could you send me parts size, I hope to find some time to do it in full scratch...
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    Oct 6, 2010, 2:23 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #16

    The bad news: The test build depicted here went south and was abandoned due to outgassing resin (no way to salvage a resin kit once it starts sweating on you).

    The good news: The Proteus kit is being bumped up to a larger scale, with one of the most experienced and well known garage kit producers in the biz handling the casting chores.

    The larger scale will make the model A LOT easier to build, because at 1/72, some of the edges were paper thin.

    Drew has his hands full with his full-time gig, but this remains a labor of love for him, and the last time we spoke he'd made quite a bit of progress.

    I'll drop him a line and see what's cooking. Stay tuned...
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    Oct 7, 2010, 8:06 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #17

    Rob, don't you have a HUGE version of this ship? I have a memory of seeing a photo of a large Proteus in a display case... I thought it was from your collection. Just curious.

    Alan
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    Oct 8, 2010, 12:44 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #18

    a HUGE version!!! I'm interrested in to see it....
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    Oct 8, 2010, 10:21 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #19

    Don’t know if it qualifies as “huge,” but here are a couple shots of my build-up of the old Lunar Models Proteus (patterned by Jeff Wargo and Mike Evans). I estimate the scale to be somewhere between 1/32 and 1/35.










    Rick Teskey made a fiberglass RC version of the Proteus that was close to studio scale... perhaps that's the one you're thinking of.
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    Oct 11, 2010, 3:45 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #20

    No no, THAT'S the picture I remember... and yes, I guess "huge" isn't exactly right. But it's absolutely stunning! That's for sharing. Always find your work inspiring.

    Alan
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    Jan 23, 2011, 12:33 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #21

    Hey I NEED a resin kit of this !! Contact me PLEASE!!!

    Thanks,
    Scott H.
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    Jan 24, 2011, 12:39 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #22

    Drew posted the following on HobbyTalk in November...

    drewid142 said: View Post
    Sorry for the long silence... I ran into major problems with getting my casting work done, and eventually switched casters and just went silent to stop making empty promises. Proteus has been scaled up to 48 scale so it is now 11 inches or so. Masters are at Custom Replicas, altough I just got the Hull top and bottom back to improve fit... it should be back into production next week... I will announce profusely when she is finally ready, but until then, I am trying to solve problems and leave the "hype" for when there is actual product available.

    Sorry... soon... I NEVER give up... but I don't comprimise much either... she will be perfect!

    Drew
    I'll post updates here, as I learn of them.
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    Feb 15, 2011, 8:49 PM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #23

    This is abso-freakin-lutely BEEAUTIFUL!! Where is this displayed?? I am soooo damn jealous of your work here! The attention to detail is astounding!
    Would you mind if I broke into the Smithsonian and stole it?








    Rick Teskey made a fiberglass RC version of the Proteus that was close to studio scale... perhaps that's the one you're thinking of.[/QUOTE]
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    Feb 16, 2011, 12:07 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #24

    raidernationhef said: View Post
    This is abso-freakin-lutely BEEAUTIFUL!! Where is this displayed??
    [/QUOTE]

    Thanks. The top shot was taken during a model contest. At the moment, the model is on display in my office.
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    Feb 17, 2011, 10:02 AM - Re: 1/72 Proteus from Crow's Nest Models #25

    Straight up "BEAUTY" WOW it's
    so smooth cant tell where it starts
    or ends! Just a wave of beautiful
    lines well designed and built!!!!
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