Voyage to the bottom
of the sea was one of my favorite TV shows of the mid 1960's. each week the crew
had to overcome all kinds of monsters and sea creatures and when the Flying Sub
came along I was hooked.
The Kit: The kit is
the Polar Lights kit of a few years ago. The kit fit was ok, no interior detail, no
decals, the clear windows up front fit was poor. I used some small
brass tubes for the periscope. I painted the Sub Model Master Acrylic Gunship
gray. The fit of the windows was so poor I had to do a lot of sanding, so I
painted them over with gloss black. I gave the Sub a coat of Future for that wet
look. I also used Acrylic Gel Medium for the clear water flowing off the
this worked real well.
The major part of
the project was to have the Seaview coming out of the sea at the North Pole.
This required me the cut off the rear part of the Sub and I also had to cut the
under side to get the angle that I wanted.
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The Diorama: The
Seaview at the North Pole is the opening scene of the Movie and was used in the
The Water: The water
was plaster over a wood base. I made a plaster ramp to place the Sub at the
angle I wanted. I painted the water with Acrylic artist tube paint. Future was
used to give that real water look. I used Acrylic tube white and Acrylic gel
around the Sub base for the sea foam effect.
The Ice: The Ice was
layers of foam with plaster over it. I painted the ice a very pale blue color.
when added Baking Soda on top for the snow.
The Flying Sub is an
all Resin Kit. I just had to paint it Yellow with black trim. I used the same
technique above for the base and water,
Both of these
projects were fun to build and the water technique can be used for all kinds of
Have Fun in Modeling
John A Thomas