The Nautilus in Paris

Courtesy of Martin Smith.

DLP Mysteries of the Nautilus from Martins Videos on Vimeo.

The Object of My Affection

In 1999, feeling nostalgiac for one of the the films that inspired me, I started looking around for an off-the-shelf model kit of the Nautilus submarine from Walt Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
There wasn’t one. So, after searching the web relentlessly for anything coming close to a replica of the sub, I discovered a fellow named Jim Key. Jim’s website, Custom Replicas, spelled out services for the discriminating yuppie desperate to relive his youth. Jim is a former prop builder for movies and television. But after years of toiling in model shops he found his talents being pushed aside by computer generated effects. So he offered his skills to anyone wanting a, well, custom replica of whatever anyone might want. I wanted the Nautilus. Jim and fellow artisan Scott Brodeen, a Nautilus aficionado, went to work. Within the year I had a 5’6” Nautilus. Coolest toy I ever bought myself. A small cottage industry began and the sub has gone slightly mainstream. Interested? Check out the Nautilus Drydocks.