1/100 Verne's Nautilus Submarine Paper Model
One of the most famous submarines of all time never existed, except in the pages of a novel, yet was so vividly described that it has been a "real" ship in the imaginations of millions of readers since the novel was published in 1870.
That submarine is the Nautilus, the setting and centerpiece of the novel 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne. Anticipating the real-world development and application of submarine technology, Verne's novel tells the story of three men who are rescued from the sea by a mysterious craft, capable of traveling under the world's oceans, that has been wreaking havoc on military and merchant shipping. Hunted as a "sea monster", the Nautilus is revealed to be the creation of its brilliant commander, the enigmatic Captain Nemo, who has very personal reasons for waging war against the world.
20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is considered a classic of Western literature, and has inspired countless people; it is also considered a pioneer work in the science-fiction genre. Verne's novel has been in print almost continually since its first publication, and has been adapted many times in feature films, television movies, comics, and radio dramas. Artist Ron Miller, a lifelong student of Verne's work, has combed through Verne's text, collecting clues to the author's vision of the Nautilus. His artwork has been captured in 3-D in this paper model and prepared with his cooperation. Now, anyone can build a detailed paper model of the submarine that changed the world, yet was never real- until now!
Paper Model Details: 160 parts on 13 pages, with display stand, nine construction diagrams, and optional clear portholes (template provided). Bulkhead-and-joiner-strip construction. PDF file features introductory note by artist Ron Miller and a short biography. Built-model photos included for reference. Degree of Difficulty: 4/5. If you enjoy building this paper model, please contribute a review!
Text by Bart Wheeler
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