one a bit over 2 feet IMHO would make for an impressive display .
cost could go up a bit given the amount of detail they'd be putting toward the interior .
the Chris White box art that i can imagine would make it a must have for me at any scale .
To be honest with you, I think A Disney Nautilus correctly done would sell fabulously well. While there is demand for Star Trek kits amonst purists such as those found here, I think the market has been saturated with Trek kits for the last few years, at least as far as the average guy is concerned.
However, there has NEVER been a kit of the Nautilus. While the potential market for a Nautilus and other 20,000 Leagues kits may be smaller than the Trek market, that market is pretty darned unsatisfied right now and I would therefore expect a very high take rate on any new models.
Mark - why stop at 24"? I'd say 30" would be even better!
I wasn't aware that there were previous kits available. I was only aware of the one that Comet in England had a few years ago. I know there is one resin kit available right now that looks very nice but the price is almost $400 US. A bit impractical for most I think.
How much interior detail do you think would be possible? With a closed hull one is limited to the areas behind the large salon windows and the wheelhouse. However, if part of the hull is removable (like the C57D, and Aurora's Spindrift, Flying Sub and Moonbus) one could have a lot more detail, or at least it would be possible to see it better.
I think these would sell like hot cakes at Disney theme parks. And I still can't understand why Disney has Nautilus attractions at its overseas parks but none at the US parks! The old Nautilus ride in Florida may have been dated but I enjoyed it when I was there in 1989. And even back then, years before I really got back into models, I was looking for a nice Nautilus model!
Sizes and prices are were just rounded off figures based on what PL has already produced. A Nautilus the same size as the Seavew should run about the same 20 bucks. A 28"C-57D and an @30" Nautilus-40 bucks. At @40" it would be a crime not to include a boatload of details and options. Lots of Ben Franklins would change hands if it is done correctly. None if it looks like a blow molded Fischer/Price toy. Anyway the idea is to stir up interest, focus the common denominators and present it to an entity(PL) that might see a profitable item. Exact scales, sizes and prices is their baby.
Good idea on the poll MR D.:thumbsup:
I've waited 40 years for this kit. Don't think I got another 40 left.
1) It is the same size as the Star Trek NX-01 coming next year.
2) Because I like it!
1/96th is, according to one of our experts a popular size for ship folks. If so that would mean lots of diorama stuff and figures might be available. It is also about 22 1/4 inches in length making it almost 24 inches and it was the closest choice in the poll.
Also if the cost/size numbers are correct more people will buy a $35 kit than a $50 kit!
How big a deal is a six inch difference? If I can afford a C-57D, I can joyously afford the higher price of a truly detailed Nauitlus. I voted thirty-incher, but a twenty-four would be fine by me. This kit is a definite must.
nice move there mike....a poll indeed...the 22 1/4 inch model would be exactly 1/96 scale ,again,as i stated,in a scale poplar with ship modeling...another thought is to do one 1/72 scale, this being exactly 29 21/32 inches long.this has alot of oppurtunity to add scale things around it for a great diorama and it's still large but not too large..I really don't think there would be a huge market for anyhing over 29"(1/72),except perhaps for R/c enthusiast possiblities..
Size verses amount of detail isn't really a concern as evidenced by my little 6" model i scratchbuilt years ago.....anyway this is fun non the less and I hope someone's interested in pursuing this further.
:wave:Hello! I have a 30" nautilus and it is not too big at all.It is only about 6" wide so you can put it on a wall shelf or bookcase.Since it is not 30" all the way around you don't have the same problems you had with the C57-D.It is also big enough so you can see some good detail in the wheelhouse.
sounds like you have the 30 1/2" Nautilus made for Icons. Pattern maker was Scott B. He did a great job and it's very close to being accurate..just a few modifications here and there to get it good to go...I have one too:dude:
And how much did this 30 1/2" resin job go for? Were you able to get it at your local hobby shop or Toys R Us? Did it satisfy your urge to build?
You bring up a good point on the size Icky! Even at 60" long it would still fit on most shelves. I have a spot designated behind the sofa for a future 7 footer.
Big toys were a hit last Christmas. Huge G.I. Joe sized tanks were everywhere(with a huge price tag too!)