There's also a very interesting resin kit originally done in Japan by Wave I think which has been recast a lot on e-bay lately. It's the TV version, the contours are different from a lot of the other sub models but it looks nice--might be closer to the 17 1/2 foot "surface" Seaview miniature than some of the other releases.
I'm still waiting for an accurate Seaview, and Flying Sub...
25 & 1/2 inch, 1/192 scale builtup, prepainted with digital “ping”
This is to be a model of the 17’ SFX version – TV nose – with operating flying sub bay doors, detailed interior and a 2 & 1/4 inch flying sub. Done digitally from original props. Eventually to be found at
(so said by Super7, on which board I’ve forgotten, sorry)
OUT OF PRODUCTION
A quote from Issue 1 of Frederick L. Barr’s fanzine Seaview Soundings
“None of the Japanese kits were as accurate as the Aurora kits. Midori released an entire series of models of the Seaview in many different sizes. the first kit, no. 004, was twelve inches in length and was battery operated with a tiny Flying Sub that fit into the observation nose. A larger kit, no. 022, sixteen inches in length, and motorized, also featured the Flying Sub. Two smaller kits – no. 089, eight inches in length, and no. 099, six inches in length, were rubber-band powered. Another Japanese company, Union, re-issued the twelve inch and the six inch kits together in one set in 1987; this kit is still widely available [NOTE: ON EBAY]. Midori’s kits were out of proportion and the emphasis, as with so many Japanese kits of this sort, was on action features rather than accuracy.
Yet another Japanese company, Kogure, brought out a series of Seaview model kits. These appear more inspired by the REMCO toy submarine [NOTE: OF THE 1960s...BIG, FAT AND YELLOW] than the original sub. In fact, the kits look exactly like the toy! One...was ten inches...the other thirteen...The box illustration for the larger kit is highly amusing, featuring two figures in the observation nose who are so large that the Seaview appears tiny in size.”
Barr also mentions a garage kit by OzShop in Japan, which he’s never seen (nor have I), and “tiny die-cast models of the Seaview and Flying Sub in white metal” by Comet Miniatures of England.
The space-ship like “Seaview” I mentioned the other day was by Doyusha of Japan. Don’t know its release date or size; box text is all in Japanese. It comes up from time to time on Ebay, and looks quite nice...but NOTHING like the Seaview.
Interesting how all you have to do is type the word ebay here and it automatically links to ebay, even if you're not intending it to link to ebay or any particlular ebay auction that might be on ebay. ebay. ebay.
You guys mention a oz shop seaview. well myself and my xpartner did have an oz shop seaview as well as a few other things from oz shop like baby wheems from Batteries Not Included....anyway the oz shop SV is 24" long four window, with interior ,flying sub and bay, and remarkably, it resembles the seaview later offered by a certain garage kit retailer/manufacturer.
Then there is the little 6" seaview my xpartner sent off to another model maker to build as I already had too much on my plate....thing that made me mad is that my xpartner gave him all the credit for the piece. The other guy assembled it and added windows, and should have been credited as well.
My xpartner still sells em on WeBay with alot of other recasts...wish he had a better set of morals.
A long time ago, I was sent the pattern parts of a 6" Seaview, that this other modeler was supposed to do, to finish and detail. I threw out everything but the clear acrylic tube for the body. Then I re-sculpted all of the other pieces, which is simply and totally true.
What irritates me is this other guy, who made the original discarded pieces, still insists on taking credit for the model wherever he can. Even though he has plenty of fine work in his own portfolio and doesn't need to take credit for mine.