Archive for February, 2011


Lights, Camera, Almost action…

I got to say I hate Wiggly Eyes! That’s what they give you for light lens. I had to flat sand each one until I could get the backs off. Then clean up the edges. What a pain. They tell you to use a dulling spray on the back side to frost them. I didn’t get the same effect and will and some matt clear on the outside ( by hand and a brush) to help defuse the light more.

Gluing the windows, lens, and the frames was all done using CA. And on the Windows and lens thin CA. Scary and nerve racking work because if it runs onto the clear surfaces you’re screwed (it did! Lucky I had an extra). They said use white glue. Yes perfect but when it hits the water you can forget it. Doesn’t work.

Soldered up all the connectors and connected everything and that works although I think for this kit bigger more diffused LEDs should have been in the kit for the little lens but hopefully diffusing them more will spread them out a bit.

So I’m ready to move on to the wheel house tomorrow. That’s the end of the road on the model build.

Next up is water proof the board and battery. Mount them and add weight and foam for the trim for water running. Lots more still to come.




Today was fun with wiring and soldering a circuit board. Randy’s Voodoo FX lighting kits are great. But they are kits and you have to have the right soldering iron and steady nerves. But as usual you plug everything lights up as advertised.

Tomorrow I have to add a couple of connectors so you can remove the hull, the windows, water proof the board, and with any luck get the wheel house started. All the lights are in. Crock eyes, salon, and wheel house. 20 LEDS in all.

Here are some pictures.



Starting the paint…

Re: Custom Replicas 66 inch Nautilus build-RC

Started the paint job today after adding more parts and making the wheel house removable to add figures, repair and replace lights if ever needed. Magnets did the trick and pins to remove the rake.

What’s left is to go over the boat by hand and add weathering, streaks, bare metal effects and other details but we are safe to go ahead and add the lighting tomorrow and the windows. So far I’m sticking to my daily quota.

Here are some pictures of the paint so far. All acrylics paints were used and the entire paint free hand with an airbrush.

Here are the pins that remove.

Those other parts that were added I over looked.

70 bucks worth of paint and thinner.

Outside in the shade of the late day.

Lighting tomorrow!


Primer on and ready to paint, light, and window…

Most of today spent making her ready for paint. Nothing like a coat of primer to show you where things are flawed. I found a few bubbles in the limber holes. Some seams and joins that needed filling. So thin CA that ran down over the hull I didn’t know I had done. But overall I was really pleased that she’s quite sanitary for a mixed medium garage kit.

So tomorrow let’s slam some paint on this baby and I can start the lights and ad the windows.



More progress on the Nautilus

Made a change to the ram attachment that holds down the hull top. The styrene would have eventually failed IMO. So I nice thick piece of brass did the trick.

Got the insides all primered black. This cleans things up and takes away the eye distractions from the eventual wiring I’ll be doing.

The outside of the hull will get gray primer next.



More on the Nautilus…

Today was spent getting every last single part in all those bags on the boat. All that’s left now is the windows and the wheel house which I can’t do until I primer and paint the hull. Then I can install the lights, windows and detail out the wheel house.

Tomorrow she gets primer and the last pointing up stuff. On Tuesday, paint, Wednesday lighting, and Thursday the wheel house gets detailed. Well that is the plan.

All the grills and PE is on. Everything fit pretty well. Locations were a bit of a mystery but all the pictures I have of the boat helped there. Instructions were a bit vague but not too bad.

Here are some pictures,


This is the removable ram. This all get filled and evened up with finishing glaze tomorrow. It’s rough but functional right now.

Top just lifts off after you remove the ram.

Here’s that flange in the stern that keep the top down.

Not sure how this happened but I suspect the molds for this model are getting worn. This could take a long time to fix, or I paint it up as barnacles and sea life.

I drilled some simple holes to drain water from the hull.

I then added the grills. I did the same thing with the vents top side that are covered by the PE grills. This releases the trapped air under the deck and helps the sub dive.

All the bits on.



Builder of the original TOS Enterprise passes on…

Richard C. Datin Jr., only child of the late
Richard C. and Mary Loson Datin,
formerly of Laguna Hills, CA
passed away on January 24, 2011 in Reno, Nevada.

Richard built the large-scale models of the Starship Enterprise for filming of the original STAR TREK television series.

Richard C. Datin, Jr.
October 10, 1929-January 24, 2011Born in Syracuse NY, on October 10, 1929, during his lifetime he resided at a number of places, including Petersburg, VA, Brooklyn, NY, Hollywood, Malibu, and Lafayette, CA, Reno and Sparks NV.

A 1950 graduate of New York Institute of Applied Arts & Sciences of Brooklyn NY,
where he acquired a degree in Architectural and Structural Technology. Richard pursued a career of engineering and of the arts, culminating in his own long-time business of building architectural and structural scale models for firms in the Los Angeles area. Among his most noteworthy accomplishments were studio models for the original The Star Trek TV series, plus Petticoat Junction and numerous props for TV commercials such as Alka-Seltzer, and Jolly Green Giant during the 60’s. This brought him to be employed by Twentieth-Century Fox for the motion picture Tora, Tora, Tora. Later he found employment at Litton Industries, AMTD Division in Venice CA and Bechtel Power in San Francisco.

His career changed abruptly in the mid-1970’s when he moved to Nevada where he was engaged by the Nevada Historical Society as a researcher, followed by a brief stint at UNR Special Collections.  His love of Nevada history, railroads and research abilities brought him to furnish weekly articles for the Carson City’s Nevada Appeal for a number of years. In 1979 he was selected as the founding curator of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. As an avid collector of old toy trains and vintage post cards, Richard became a dealer at many antique shows up and down the coast.

Following his retirement in 1989, he dedicated most his time researching a number of pet projects including writing and publishing a history of Virginia City’s International Hotel, as well as a pictorial of Reno’s past utilizing his vast collection of historical post cards.
Other projects still on the shelf included a history of the famed Reno Arch, the history of Reno and a comprehensive history of the Carson & Colorado Railroad.

In the meantime he found time to search the Datin Family ancestors who originated in France, and compiled an up to date genealogy history that included Louis XIV and others clear back to 1096, translated the Duke d’Antin’s memoirs, and was able to visit each of the French-born Noel Datin’s (his great-grandfather) early day locales from Kentucky, Missouri, to Illinois. He also initiated several informational websites telling of his past accomplishments and favorite subjects.
He treasured his travels, particularly along the Oregon Coast with his long time companion now surviving wife Margie, as well as occasional train trips to San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and New York City.

Burial will be at Nauvoo, Illinois,  among his many relatives, including great grandparents Joseph Noel and Catherine Sparks Datin.

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February 2011

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