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The FLYING SUBMARINE (FS-1) is the vehicle seen in the old TV show, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.

I'm working up a multipart article for Marine Modeling International magazine (my major go to publisher in Europe) chronicling my buildup, mechanization, testing, and operation of the Rick Teskey twenty-four inch wide FLYING SUBMARINE kit, operated as an exotic r/c submarine model.

A photo-essay of the r/c FS-1 model is at: http://culttvman.com/david_merriman_s_flying_sub.html


As I began outlining the article it became apparent that I poses a very limited knowledge of how many manufacturers produced kits of this vehicle over the years (and to what scales, mediums, and degrees of accuracy). Information that would have great utility to the readers of my article.

However, such information I believe is at the fingertips of the kit assembling and kit collecting types who populate this board. I'm soliciting your assistance.

What manufacturers produced kits of the FS-1, and to what scale and medium?

Either post your wisdom here or send your information to, [email protected].

Thank you.

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well... if anyone can help Dave with his quest for information, please do so.

If you only want to add some retort to his ego, please refrain and save me the trouble of locking down the thread.

Thanks
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But he asked so nicely! :lol:

To the best of my knowledge:

1) Aurora produced the first FS-1 kit in the late 60s. I think it was 1/64 scale, roughly. The molds were taken up by Monogram when they bought Aurora. I'm not sure if they reissued it thereafter, but they produced a run for Tsukuda who sold in in Japan. A few years after that, monogram did indeed reissue it to the US market (after I blew $36 each on 2 imports!! :mad: ). It is being reissued again this year under the Revell/Monogram. Here's my, um, assembled kit:
http://www.inpayne.com/models/flyingsub.html


2) Lunar Models issued a vacuform kit a looong time ago, that they still sell.
See it here.
They're touting a new interior for it on their front page:
http://www.lunarmodelsonline.com/

I think it's also the one sold by MiM:
http://www.monstersinmotion.com/ships/flyingsubdeluxe.html

Since it's a vac, it's too complicated for me to assemble, so I don't have one ;).

That's all I'm sure of that's out there. Anybody else?
 

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Lunar models does indeed still make a vacu kit of the seaview (as well as the rest of their line), and they have a resin interior kit as well. The model club I'm in meets at Lunar monthy (Randy the new owner is a really nice guy).

Randy's friend, the other Randy :), runs a company that produces other models, and relative to the FS, produces a lighting kit for it.


Link to Lunar with shot of interior kit:

http://www.lunarmodelsonline.com


Link to VoodooFX for lighting kit:

http://voodoofx.com/index.html

http://voodoofx.com/fiberfx.htm (FS fusion wall lighting kit)


Also, technically speaking, Lunar makes about a 3" model of the FS. It's the one that goes in their large Seaview (I think it may be sold seperately as well) and consists of 3 parts, the resin body and the upper and lower hatch insert. I know other companies that have produce the Seaview in various scales and materials have also included the FS, but I don't have the details.

Link to a buildup of the 3" resin FS by Fernando in our club:

http://voodoofx.com/images/36s.jpg
 

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The was a little English-made white-metal FS made by Comet as part of their Mini-metal series made in the eighties(I think), it's been recast in resin as many small garage kit versions of the FS. I have one of these somewhere in one of my boxes, I could probably dig it out if you needed a picture. I don't know what year it was made, but I bought it about ten years ago and I think it was old by then by the looks of the packaging....

I built the Doyasho(sp?) "Seaview" with the lights and sound-chip about the same time, it came with a bigger (but still small) FS that was apparently sculpted from a picture that was upside down, the nose and windows slant the wrong way. I could take a picture of it for you as well if it would help your piece. Again, I don't know the exact year the Doyosho was made either, the box is long gone.
 

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If you want to count FS-1's that come with kits there is also the conversion kits. Both Skyhook Models and Rebellion Creations produce modification kits for the Aurora/Polar Lights Seaview kits. These kits covert the aforementioned Seaview into the tv version. Both kits include a tiny Flying Sub. Don't have one handy at the moment but I believe the FS-1's in these kits is about the size of a nickel.
 

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to my knowledge.

aurora ( 1968-75)
monogram ( 1979 , 1995 )
Tuskuda ( mid 90's)

General Products ( 1988 ) 3" mini vac FS-1
http://uncleodiescollectibles.com/img_lib/12398_62585_2.jpg


lunar models ( 1989-91 ) mini flying sub with 24" vac seaview
(pic is posted at bottom )

Lunar models ( 1991 ) 3" resin mini with 32" vac seaview
http://lunarmodelsonline.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=L&Product_Code=SF060&Category_Code=


Lunar models 14" flying sub.
http://lunarmodelsonline.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=L&Product_Code=SF031


Oz-shop ( 1989-90 ) mini resin fs-1 with resin 24" seaview
http://uncleodiescollectibles.com/img_lib/12398_62585_22.jpg


comet miniatures ( early 90's) lead miniature Fs-1 http://uncleodiescollectibles.com/img_lib/12398_62585_10.jpg

debeur flying sub ( late 90's )
http://www.deboerhulls.com/images/wpe32121.gif

there are a few various japanese versions that came with seaview models that were not very accurate at all.

skyhook models. mini flying sub for aurora conversion.
http://www.skyhookmodels.com/seaview.htm

thats all I can think of.
 

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Just FYI--I'm relatively certain that the vacuform Flying Sub offered at Monsters in Motion is just the Lunar kit--MIM has offered various Lunar kits at their site for some time now.

...and I'm still waiting for an ACCURATE Flying Sub kit--none of the aforementioned FS kits really duplicate the contours of the miniatures very well.
 

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jbond said:
Just FYI--I'm relatively certain that the vacuform Flying Sub offered at Monsters in Motion is just the Lunar kit--MIM has offered various Lunar kits at their site for some time now.
I agree.
 

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This is only marginally related but I was just looking around in the "coming soon" section at Mega Hobby's sight and found the Aurora flying sub under Revell/Monogram. No other information there and nothing about it on the Revell/Monogram sight yet either.

Sorry Dave, didn't want to start a new thread and I couldn't think of anywhere else to post this.

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Don't worry, Fiver, I think most of us know about it. It was announced a few weeks ago.

(Plus I still have one or two each from the 1980s Tsukuda and 1990s Monogram releases in my stockpile :D )
 

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John P said:
Don't worry, Fiver, I think most of us know about it. It was announced a few weeks ago.

(Plus I still have one or two each from the 1980s Tsukuda and 1990s Monogram releases in my stockpile :D )
Guys,

All very useful information, thanks.

An aside that some may find interesting: I'm the guy Tsukuda hired to build their trade-show display piece. I was instructed to 'modify' the kit they sent me to 'make it more attractive.' Which I did, that buildup chronicled in an issue of Scale Modeling Magazine.

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What did you do to the kit to make it "more attractive?"

Personally I've never had any complaints about that kit. Accuracy issues aside, I don't think it looks bad at all. Except for Admiral Nelson flipping us the bird from the pilot's seat of course.
 
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