NAUTILUS MODEL HISTORY


By William Babington

This list represents Disney Nautilus submarines produced by commercial manufactures. No custom made replicas are included here. The price reflects the original cost, an asterisk indicates that the current value is significantly higher. This list does not contain any other Nautilus memorabilia other than the replica submarine, no pins, bottle openers and such.

Some have not been licensed by Disney, more disturbing is the recast of another artist's exact pattern and then resold for profit without approval or compensation back to the original artist. These manufactures are labeled as Unauthorized Recast in the comments column. Click your browser's refresh button to see updated entries.


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1955 Sutcliffe 10" 1/214 Tin $8*
Sold as a toy and now highly collectable. Frequently seen on Ebay. Box marked: Copyright: Walt Disney Productions. Not accurate to the Disney Nautilus design.
1965 Kawada 12" 1/135 ABS Plastic $15*
Kit - Very rare here in the States. Reissued 4 times in Japan, each 1 year apart. Uses pin-injection construction and the prop is rubber band powered. It was molded in metallized blue with chrome parts. The first edition had misspelled the name as "Nutilas" on the box. The second editon release spelled the name correctly.
1981 Airfix 9" 1/144 Resin $80
Kit - Airfix announced a Disney Nautilus released in 1981 but also went bankrupt in that year and the kit was not marketed. This kit was re-announced in 1984 under the name "Day One" but their catalogue indicated "non-available in 1984". The kit finally did see a release but it took Comet of England to do it in 1990.
1982 Kaiyodo 12" 1/135 Vacuform $15*
Kit - This was a recast of the Kawada above. The first release was vacuformed and then re-released as a resin casting. Has no significant value in Japan but rare in the States. Only the resin kit had a rubber band powered prop.
1982 Ray Mason 51" 1/41 Fiberglass $600*
Builds limited run radio controlled submarines. Oldest running r/c of the Disney Nautilus to date. Sold kits at local SubCommittee meets to private individuals. Very high level of accuracy. Excellent version of the Nautilus.
1985 Comet Miniatures 12" 1/35 Vacuform & White Metal $60
Kit - First Disney Nautilus production kit by Comet Miniatures. Not resin but vacuformed and white metal multi-media kit. Comet is based in England.
1988 Model Scale Ship Technologies 51" 1/41 Fiberglass Need
Very few of these saw the light of day and perhaps that is a very good thing. One of the most funky attempts at a commercially released Disney style Nautilus. Worth looking at the photo for a good laugh if nothing else. See the ramming spur!
1989 Comet Miniatures 3.5" 1/610 White metal $15
Comet S.F. Mini-Metals series. Now has been recast, see 1994 reference for Larson Designs. Comet is based in England
1990 Comet Miniatures 9" 1/144 Resin $80
Kit - Comet's owner acquired the prototype of the un-issued Airfix model . He restored it to the pin injection construction method like the kit had been originally planned for. Sold under the sub company "Shed" and to be a limited run of 250. Estimated to have reached that number many times over. Highly Recommended.
1990 Comet Miniatures 16" 1/32 Resin $175
Kit - Recast of Scott Brodeen's 16" model. Distinctive identifier is the fish style display base. They resell to Monsters in Motion here in the States. Unauthorized Recast
1993 Vulcania Tackle 3.5" 1/610 Resin $3.50*
Small fishing lure by Scott Brodeen. Casted off Comet Mini-Metal in resin. Meant to be gag gift which Scott gave to his close friends under the "Vulcania Tackle" brand.
1993 Q Box 3.5" 1/610 Resin $20.00
Limited run Disney Nautilus miniature cast in pewter. Artist: William Babington.
1994 Larson Designs 3.75" 1/570 Resin $15.00
Reworked & scaled out by William Babington & recast by Chris Larson. Sells on his web page of many recasts and occasionally on Ebay. Currently being sold as a fish tank ornament.
1997 Visions In Scale 24" 1/89 Resin $600*
Licensed Disney product intended for Disneyana store but sold out before it arrived. Sub mounted on display stand. Only 25 produced. Very rare but not even close to accurate. Pattern maker: Joe Demotta. Sold with COA.
1997 Visions In Scale 24" 1/89 Resin $600*
Licensed Disney product sold at Disneyana store. Waterline diorama of squid attacking sub. Edition size of 250. Collectable but not even close to accurate. Pattern maker: Joe Demotta. Sold with COA.
1998 Engel KG 61" 1/35 Fiberglass $2,000
Kit - Made in Germany, ideal for radio control, low level of details, limited rivets on hull. Complete build up, diving and r/c components pushes the price tag to $6,000.
1999 Comet Miniatures 32" 1/72 Resin $400
Kit - It is believed that the owner of Monsters in Motion sent Scott Brodeen's 30.5" boat to Comet's owner in England to recast it. No rework was done. They just sell it under the Comet name and never gave Scott credit for his work. Sub is listed as 32" but it is really 30.5". Also sold under the "FX Models" name. Unauthorized Recast
1999 Schiffahrts Museum 28" 1/100 Paper $18.00
Paper model book from the German Museum: Deutsches Schiffahrts Museum. Appears for sale on Ebay.
1999 Icons Authentic Replicas 16" 1/135 Resin $650*
Licensed by Disney but run ended early due to failure to negotiate the final Disney license agreement. Scott Brodeen was the pattern maker and used his previous 16" mold but reworked. Not as accurate hull and salon housing wise as older version. Sold with COA.
2000 Icons Authentic Replicas 30.5" 1/69 Resin $1,000*
Licensed by Disney but run ended early due to failure to negotiate the final Disney license agreement. Scott Brodeen was the pattern maker and created an all new 30.5' sub. Sold with COA.
2001 Lunar Models 16" 1/32 Resin $175*
Kit - Authorized recast of Scott Brodeen's 16" model with improved detail. This release is considered the better of the other two 16" Brodeen subs and most accurate. Collectable in it's distinctive blue Lunar Models box. Display base has large lettered name plate.
2001 Lunar Models 30.5" 1/72 Resin $600*
Kit - Authorized recast of Scott Brodeen's 30.5" sub that he had used for the Icons pattern. Collectable.
2001 Asian Import 4.5" 1/470 Resin $50
First sold at Tokyo Disney Seas. "Mysterious Island" Nautilus diorama. The Nautilus rides on a wave pedestal and squid wrapped around hull. Now being imported. Toy-like but cheap.
2001 Monsters in Motion 12" 1/135 Resin $150
Kit - Diorama with waterline Disney Nautilus that's 24" wide but with an approximately 12" long sub. The frame has a simulated metal rivet trim. The sub portion is recast from Scott Brodeen's 16" Nautilus. The manufacture is the anonymous "X-caster" located domestically.
2001 Monsters in Motion 8.5" 1/135 Resin $80
Kit - Diorama with Nautilus sinking inside sea chest and tablet with words from Nemo quote. Another sinking Nautilus variation. The sub portion is recast from Scott Brodeen's 16" Disney Nautilus. The manufacture is the anonymous "X-caster" located domestically. This piece inspired Scott Brodeen to offer his own version of this, see 2004 Sinking diorama.
2001 Monsters in Motion 24" 1/135 Resin $150
Kit - Diorama wall mount with half hull Disney Nautilus inside simulated metal rivet frame. The sub portion is recast from Scott Brodeen's 16" Nautilus. The manufacture is the anonymous "X-caster" located domestically.
2001 Larson Designs 3.75" 1/570 Resin Need
Kit - Diorama depicting Civil War Monitor and the Nautilus. Overall size is approximately 8X10. Monitor was recast from a Bluejacket kit and the 3.75" sub was recast from a Will Babington model. Chris Larson is William's ex-partner and they parted with differences.Unauthorized Recast
2001 Sega 8.5" 1/251 PVC Plastic $9.95
Economical import from Japan. This solid plastic model was used as a game prize in a Japanese "Claw Arcade" game. Sold in blister package that has a suit case handle.
2001 Custom Replicas 66.5" 1/32 Fiberglass $1, 625
Kit - The custom prototype was made for a client for approximately $25,000. Now sells as a kit. Patterned by Jim Key and Scott Brodeen. Mixed-media: fiberglass resin & white metal. Located in Los Angeles.
2001 FX Models 51" 1/41 Fiberglass Need
This custom Disney Nautilus was based on a Ray Mason sub and was super detailed. The company is located in Connecticut.
2001 Disney Seas 15.75" 1/87 Zinc Diecast $350*
Sold out at Tokyo Disney Seas park on opening day. Has sound chip inside with movie's sub motor sound , revolving prop and fully lighted. Comes in presentation case. Sold with COA. Highly collectable.
2001 Disney Seas 2.5" 1/470 Resin $20
Sold at Tokyo Disney Seas park. Small Disney Nautilus on a pedestal with ocean floor mountain rising behind it. Toy-like
2001 Total Immersions 30.5" 1/67 Resin $350
Kit - Controversy about master mold's origin. Allegations continue from all fronts that this is a Brodeen hull sanded flat and reworked. Lee Seiler states that the sub is all original and done by him. High level of rivet detail. Kit is very hard to fit due to resin warpage and smaller parts done in resin instead of white metal.
2002 X-Plus 15" 1/142 ABS Plastic $30
Was originally designed to be a mold injected model, but too many tooling problems occurred so they changed it to a display model. Sold in plastic blister package. Affordable but not that accurate.
2002 X-Plus 22" 1/97 Resin $30
This release is now rare in even Japan and is easily identifiable by it's unique paint scheme. Has Disney copyright mark on keel as they had purchased a Disney licenese to distribute it. Comes with 20,000 Leagues logo base with a rocky outcrop.
2003 Jonathan Leslie 36" 1/59 Paper $49
Kit - You fold colored paper and assemble. Looks surprisingly realistic. Sold on Ebay and his web site.
2003 Space Arts 30.5" 1/72 Resin Deutsch Marks
Kit - Sold at their German web site. The proliferation of overseas stolen recasts of the Brodeen Disney Nautilus submarines continues to be a problem. Unauthorized Recast
2004 Disney Store 22.25" 1/96 Resin $250*
Released by Disney to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film. Most accurate release to date and patterns the original 11 foot hero below the water line and the movie set above the water line. Exact rivet pattern from rubbings taken on the 11 footer. Sold with COA. Artists: Will Babington & Rich Allsmiller. Highly collectable.
2004 Monsters in Motion 32" 1/72 Resin $400
Kit - This sub is incorrectly listed on their site as 32" when in fact this is the 30.5" Scott Brodeen sub. They received Scott's authorization to sell it. In addition, the photo of this sub is the exact one that Icons used for their advertising.
2004 Custom Replicas 8.5" 1/72 Resin $275
Kit - Diorama depicting the sinking of the Disney Nautilus and newly created by Scott Brodeen. Uses forward hull from his 30.5" sub. Ocean wave detail is amazing & created by artist Darcienne Sparber. Never saw wide commercial release.
2004 Larson Designs 2.5" 1/820 Resin $10
Kit - Two piece assemble and marketed as "Nautilus Deformity" A squeezed and compressed version of the Disney sub. Original model by Amaquest and recast without permission. Unauthorized Recast
2005 Custom Replicas 16" 1/32 Resin $150
Kit - Solid one piece hull (rotocast) distributed by Custom Replicas to other web sites and casted directly by Scott Brodeen using his pattern. At the time, Scott was working there with Jim Key but parted ways when the MR deal was offered. Comes with wide display stand with Leagues movie logo.
2005 Custom Replicas 30.5" 1/69 Resin $350
Kit - Solid one piece hull (rotocast) distributed by Custom Replicas and casted directly by Scott Brodeen using his pattern (formally the Icons release). At the time, Scott was working there with Jim Key but parted ways when the MR deal was offered. Custom Replicas was then forced to stop production when Scott left.
2006 Master Replicas 30.5" 1/69 Resin $499
Scott Brodeen sold his pattern rights to MR. They obtained a Disney license for all their products. This is the exact "Icons" Nautilus that Scott created in 1999 but rotocast molded and made in China. Limited edition of 3,500 replicas. Comes with COA and the now famous "raker gap".
2006 Sega/X-plus 8.5" 1/142 ABS Plastic $13
X-Plus's OEM release made for Sega. This was previously released as a game prize in a Japanese "Claw Arcade" game and sold in a blister package that has a suit case handle. This re-release comes with a removeable squid that is wrapped around the hull. The squid is available in two colors (one glow in the dark). Carried by Hobby Link in Japan with a run of 2,000 pieces.