Popularized by a photo article in the December 1992 issue of SCALE SHIP MODELER MAGAZINE, Dan Kachurís incredible Radio-Controlled NAUTILUS replica is a favorite amongst Leagues fans everywhere.






Hereís a look at Danís NAUTILUS as it rides on a serene lake: a very convincing image!






These are some of the ribs and formers after being cut from wood with reference to the the Disney ďCourtesy OfĒ Plans, as published in SCALE SHIP MODELER magazine.






Here we see the framework coming together: a stage of the process all NAUTILUS modelers know well.






With the skin and deck grates in place, the rivet detail is next.






Here, we see Dan doing the fiberglass work on the lower half of his hull.






And here, Danís using an airbrush to lay down the first dark brown base coat for the now-familiar ďNAUTILUS RUSTĒ finish.






But this boat is not just for show; she goes, too.Hereís a look at the schematic Dan devised for the inner workings of the Radio Control propulsion and guidance system.






And hereís a look at the open hull with the R/C components in plain view.






A variation of this shot made the cover of the 1992 SSM magazine which featured Danís NAUTILUS.






Hereís another view of the model underwater.With a little different coloring, this image might easily be confused for a scene from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.






I really like this picture: Danís NAUTILUS ďblowing ballastĒ with the quad planes set to ascend.Shooting the sub in a lake rather than a swimming pool really enhances the photo-realism factor, doesnít it?






And hereís the ďsquids-eye-viewĒ as the NAUTILUS passes by.






Dan Kachurís Radio Control Disney NAUTILUS at lakeside on a successful day of underwater ops.






These figures of Ned Land and Captain Nemo were made by Lester Lessa Jr. of San Francisco, in the same scale as Danís sub (1:35).Looks like this scene portrays the day when Ned was trying to talk Olí Nemo into letting him go ashore, and almost ended up on the local lunch menu.






A nice portrait of the model on its display stand.Truly a1st class NAUTILUS replica.






Hereís a really great shot of the NAUTILUS running on the surface.

(Is that lava dripping down that rock?)







This picture (taken by Danís wife Bertha) has nothing to do with the NAUTILUS, but Iím sure Leaguers everywhere will enjoy seeing it.Thatís Dan on the right, and the gentleman on the left is, of course, none other than Tom Scherman.This photo was taken at Tomís Hollywood apartment on July 02, 1993.And (if any of you are having difficulty identifying the object on the floor between them) yes, thatís the original NEMO helmet used in the underwater scenes of Disneyís 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.Truly a significant artifact.





For the benefit of those of you who might be wondering whatís become of Danís SSM NAUTILUS: itís on display at the Granville Island Museum in Vancouver.The model below it is a Jules Verne NAUTILUS concept which Dan built based on one of Greg Sharpeís hulls.





Hereís a closeup of the Wheelhouse from slightly aft.Great attention to detail and a fine paint job!For those of you ďpuristsĒ out there who might scoff at the plans-type wheelhouse lights, remember: this model was made back in 1992: long before that particular detail became a bone of contention.






Tom Scherman was very impressed with Danís 65Ē R/C Nautilus.Back when this one was made, it was the first R/C NAUTILUS with a functional ballast system and lights.Tom showed pictures of this model to Harper Goff, who was very thrilled.Reportedly, Harperís remark was, ďI knew my design would work underwater.Ē






Hereís a look at the ramming spur of Danís Jules Verne Nautilus, based on a Greg Sharpe hull.






Seen from aft on the port side, the overlapping hull plates are apparent.






Hereís another model Dan made for the Museum in Vancouver.Can you guess what it is?Maybe we should have a poll.The winner getís to Ö.call himself the winner for a week.Nahhh!Homey donít play that!JObviously, this is a fine scale replica of the Confederate submersible H.L. HUNLEY, circa 1864.A really nice treatment, I think: with the dock-planking base, ladder, and crewman sliding down into the aft hatch.Iím guessing this is about 1:48 scale.Dan can confirm or deny.






The business end of the H. L. Hunley.The shape of the bow and the rigging of the spar torpedo seem to be in accord with what weíve learned about this boat since it was salvaged by Clive Cussler and crew.This is museum quality all the way.






But hey!Why stop there?Hereís another of Danís creations.This oneís a scratchbuilt 1:48 scale Japanese WWII Type A two man minisub: type HA 19, to be exact.Obviously, this shot was taken while the model was nearing completion.






A close-up of the stern section before the paint went on.Check out those counter-rotating props.Iíve seen many pictures of this type of submarine.The attention to detail here is excellent.






And hereís the finished model, sitting on simulated concrete blocks like those used in displays of actual surviving minisubs seen in places like the U.S. Navyís Bowfin Park at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.






Danís wife Bertha Kachur proudly shows us the newly finished HA-19 in its acrylic display case.






And here is a closeup of the finished model and case.In the bow we see two torpedoes mounted in over-under ďDerringer styleĒ, and an information plate describing the nature of the HA-19.






An aft view of the HA-19.We can see a scale crewman standing by, giving us a reference as to the size of the actual submarine.







Hereís a view with the acrylic case removed.Truly a fine rendition of an awesome weapon from years long-since past.






OK, letís get back to NAUTILUS models again.This is a model that Tom Scherman made and gave to Dan Kachur.Itís 33 inches long.The 50th Anniversary Nemo Helmet miniature and Organ collectibles give a good idea of the size.






None of Tom Schermanís models were rigged for R/C.Dan told me the model he received from Tom was very heavy; so he made some molds, cast epoxy parts, and made a R/C version of his own.This is that model during construction, with the internal compartments visible.






Hereís Danís 33-inch R/C Scherman NAUTILUS with the top cover in place, obviously during taken construction.






And hereís a look at the finished model with the top cover removed, showing the internal workings of the R/C sub.






With the cover on, the customary Front ĺ View of Dan Kachurís R/C Scherman NAUTILUS.






And hereís a look at Danís 33-inch R/C Scherman NAUTILUS running on the surface.






The 33-incher cruises by fully submerged.






And hereís one more look at Dan Kachurís Radio Control Scherman NAUTILUS.I do believe Tom would have been pleased!On behalf of all who will see these pics and read this information, Thanks Dan!J


NEW!Monday, April 02, 2012



Dan Kachur built SFX models for the X-Files episode Piper Maru back in 1996.Among them: a fine scale replica of Dr. Phil Nuyttenís NEWTSUIT.Lately, Danís reprised the filming miniature with a replica cast from the original.Check it out.



The Queenfish: used in filming X-Files episode Piper Maru.





A P-51 fighter, wrecked on the bottom of the sea.



This miniature was also used in filming the X-files episode.



The real thing: a NEWTSUIT on the job.



And hereís a scene from the show.



But tell me: is this the real thing, or a miniature diorama?



Hereís some pics of Dan Kachurís 1/12th Scale NEWTSUIT.












My understanding is that Phil Nuytten has expressed in interest in this replica, and perhaps one of his Exosuit.Maybe weíll be seeing that here in the future.As always, great work, Dan.






Friday, April 13, 2012



Dan Kachur during a recent visit to the home of the Newtsuit.





Dan Kachur and Dr. Phil Nuytten, at NUYTCO in Canada with Newtsuit replica.



Phil autographed this one for Dan.Very cool, indeed.J



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