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Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« on: August 30, 2018, 08:47:50 PM »
In his Mars! thread James posted this WIP of a small aquanef (submarine):



Can anyone suggest designs/provide pics of small VSF-style subs of this size or a bit larger. Also, suggestions of sources of models, etc for use as a base to build such vehicles would be helpful (rather than completely build from scratch).

I want to build a couple of aquanefs, but am struggling with design concepts that would look workable but also shout "VSF". I have some concepts in mind (such as the Nautilus from the Disney version of 20,000 Leagues), but would appreciate any help you can come up with,
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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2018, 08:51:14 PM »
I don't have much to add, but reading along with interest.

When looking for VSF inspiration, I always first go to the work of alfred robida, I'm sure he did some submarines.
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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2018, 09:09:59 PM »
Good call on Robida:






His airship designs are also very similar.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2018, 09:16:21 PM »
More Robida:





The second submarine is closely modelled on a real one, designed by Claude Goubet and launched in 1887.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2018, 09:24:14 PM »
I've got a sketch of one I was planning to do ages ago that I'll upload in a bit. It's a bit Ghibli styley but not overly so.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2018, 09:31:13 PM »
There you go  :)


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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #6 on: August 30, 2018, 09:45:54 PM »
Similar concept to the Robida designs :)

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #7 on: August 30, 2018, 10:00:52 PM »
Replica of the wooden 1857 Ictineo I at Barcelona Maritime Museum:



Replica of the 1862 Ictineo II in Barcelona:



and plans for it:



These pre-date Robida's pictures. I wonder how much Robida was aware of these when he did his work.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2018, 10:07:41 PM »
The Skylander toys have a few quite VSF-ish looking toys. Smythes had them for £1 each.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #9 on: August 30, 2018, 10:18:58 PM »
The Skylander toys have a few quite VSF-ish looking toys. Smythes had them for £1 each.

How big are they?

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2018, 10:21:31 PM »
They look like they would be two seaters at 28mm.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2018, 10:25:38 PM »
They look like they would be two seaters at 28mm.

Thanks. The second one certainly has promise as the basis for a conversion. I'll have to look out for these.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2018, 03:31:02 AM »
Have a few, and I'd say they're more one-seaters. The second one MIGHT have two folk one behind the other.

Have you seen the SnapTite Nautilus kit from Hallmark 20K Leagues movie? I was going to use it as an armored dig for Prussians on Venus. That was when they were in cutout bins everywhere, mind.

Definitely not the cigar sub most folk think of.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #13 on: August 31, 2018, 02:23:39 PM »
Have you seen the SnapTite Nautilus kit from Hallmark 20K Leagues movie? I was going to use it as an armored dig for Prussians on Venus. That was when they were in cutout bins everywhere, mind.

This is the Revell kit. You can still get them, although prices are variable. I might pick one up if within my price range, as it has a nice shape reminiscent of Robida and would be the perfect base for converting. Also, I could illuminate it.

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Re: Aquanefs (VSF Submarines)
« Reply #14 on: August 31, 2018, 11:43:29 PM »
I don't remember if you were there for our Aquanaughts game?
Maybe some inspiration on this thread
http://leadadventureforum.com/index.php?topic=24709.msg406512#msg406512