By Alex Dumas © 2012
The Nautilus battleship was seen in the French series Il était une fois l'espace in the 1980's and it is to my opinion among the best designs from my childhood. This huge vessel is the flagship of the villain's fleet from Cassiopée home world. The Nautilus along with most of the ships from the series were designed by the renown artist Manchu. To my knowledge, there are no technical data about this warship other than the facts that it is big, armed to the teeth and clearly made to intimidate its enemies!
A few years later, my friend decided to start assembling his
Nautilus but not without making extensive modifications to bring it closer to
the anime. He ended up sending me his work a few months later so I could benefit
from the enhancements he did and add my own touch the whole project.
My friend did some great enhancements to the kit but I though there was still some work that need to be done. I started by reworking the surfaces and some reshaping to make the parts more symmetrical with more defined edges (most were just too soft to my taste). I removed most of the details during that process, which will be added back later on.
No parts were left untouched. Below is a test fit of the main three sections in order to rework the whole alignment of the ship. Quite a pain staking step actually.
Front section in the detailing process. A few more details will be added along with scribed lines. Notice the photo-etched grill that has been added to the rear (closer view).
Same goes for detailing underneath the mid-section. A thin coat of primer is regularly applied to help see the remaining defects. Most added details were taken from other kits. Much reworking of the surfaces is still needed. Rear section of the ship.
One of the unique signature of this ship is all the manoeuvring thrusters (RCS). Specially those on each side behind the front section with three thrusters nozzles.
Speaking of the RCS thrusters, here are some the smaller remade parts on left compared to the original ones on right (closer view).
My remade front section on right compared to my friend's uncompleted rebuild (closer view).
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