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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Anyway, in a few days, I'll get back on this thing. Much to address: I need to fiddle with the lights a bit more - I have wires breaking off from handling, which won't do when it's all closed up. SO there will be strain relics and shrink wrap tubing. I'm also going to re-think the reflectors...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Hi guys. Yeah, it got a bit hijacked. But I didn't abandon it because of that, life has just been nuts for months. Basically, we bought a house, which involved packing, then moving, then unpacking, and setting up a work space, and in the middle of all of this I got a compression fracture in my...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Just been sidetracked with a bunch of other things that I had been letting slide, I'll be back with some updates soon! :)
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    I sent that last picture I took to Masterpiece Models, pointing out the gap at the wheelhouse end, and they replied, "Looks like it fits as it should." I replied back with a photo of the 11' miniature, pointing out that the gap doesn't exist in any reference I can find (including the full size...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Another round of updates. First, I put the wheelhouse on, to do a lighting test with the green LED in the roof. I noticed (and you can see it in this photo) that I had somehow knocked the handles off of the top of the dive levers. I'll have to scratch-build some tiny replacements. Grrr...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    I always assume there's some kind of parting agent or similar on anything plastic so I give it a (careful) wash.
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Nope. I did one so far, by hand on a piece of sandpaper, accidentally sanded a lot of the fingernail off my index finger! By the time I got the 3/8" dome down to 1/4" diameter by sanding from the back (and a little around the sides) it was flat on the back, so I could have just as easily started...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Railing do-over! Based on a reference photo someone pointed out to me, I made a more accurate front railing, and installed it a bit further back. Just have to fill the mounting holes from the previous version.
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Yeah, I think they're a warm white (yellowish) which is consistent with incandescent light bulbs, where your average white LED (which I'm using) is a more pure white. I was considering tinting the backs of the domes over the lights a pale yellow. I'll have to do some experimentation.
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Another quick update: I realized there's another railing right behind the wheel, so I soldered some brass wire together to make one. Then I attached the wheel (I drilled a hole in the bottom of the wheel stand and glued in a piece of brass wire to go in a hole in the floor, to make sure it was...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    Re: My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build Installed the rear fin! The 3D printed part had only a small tab at the bottom, so I had to cut some pieces off the bottom of the kit part to fill the rest of the slot. I grafted a bit of the straight end of the...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    I'm not going to do the salon interior, I'm just going to do a bit more detailing in the wheelhouse (barely visible, I know) and add the lighting. If I go too far into the weeds adding extras to this, I'm afraid I'll lose steam and get derailed onto another project (which I have a tendency to...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    I got them from Kit Kraft. I got 7/16" ones for the big lights and discovered they were too small - they need to be closer to 1/2" but since the holes in the kit were out of round I got a smaller dimension on the one I measured. I'm going to get 1/2" ones for the big lights and shave them down...
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    My 31" "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" Nautilus Build

    The 3D printed parts arrived, and they're wonderful! The first is the ship's wheel. The resolution on this thing is incredible. And here are the dive levers. The salon window frames that came with the kit are terrible. I started cleaning them up, but they're just really rough and...

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