Gino Dykstra’s Yellow Submarine

Seems I just finished a Yellow Submarine recently, and thought I’d share it with y’all.

Here’s how I did it:

Removed the crank, the single propellor and wheels on the bottom. Filled and sanded the opening hatches and screw holes. Note: a paper punch makes almost exactly the right size disks to fit into these hopes. Helps the filling job enormously!

Be prepared to use a LOT of filler and do it in multiple layers. I think it took me around twenty times to get everything filled in right and smoothed out.

As to the propellers — I disagree that you can “find them in your spares box”. Having watched the movie endlessly, it’s quite clear that the props are unique. I made shafts for them from plastic tubing and artillery shells. I made the rough props by scribing disks out of plastic, punching a small hole in the center (for the shaft mount) and cutting the disk into wedges. A careful application of sandpaper yielded the final shape, and by gluing them onto the shafts at a slight twist, they became props. Note that they counter-rotate.

Painting — yeah, those red stripes are tough. I started by painting the entire model red, masking out the basic stripe locations with thin strip, then filling them in with wider. Takes time, but the end result is a charmer, I think! I then simply masked off various parts of the structure and painted the various colors. Note that the “white” section is actually more of an Antique White. As to the side hatches, I used one to make a template before I glued it onto the model, then used the template to cut the shape out of wide masking tape and applying two of them.

Although I’ve got the original decals from the original release of this model, most of the decals aren’t actually very good, so I used those supplied with the re-release. I’ll be making another one down the road for my mother, and that one will have the various members of the Beatles peaking out of the portholes. But I’ll make my own decals for those, I think.

Finally, I gave the whole thing an eggshell finish rather than high gloss or flat (just to be perverse).

Gino Dykstra

One comment

  1. Gino, I love what you’ve done here. I recall that the sub in the film had a V shaped bottom tho. Did you give some thought to changing the bottom shape when you built this kit? Props on the custom props man! Excellent job!

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