I have to admit, I’m not an avid fan of the ol’ Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea series. I used to watch when I was a kid and was fascinated by it. These days, when I watch the reruns, I realize how poor the stories were, particularly the latter seasons. That being said, the show had exceptional miniatures. The Seaview and the Flying sub were beautiful designs. So when Polar Lights reintroduced the kit last year, I just had to build a new one.
The kit is no doubt for the Seaview aficionado this kit is laced with inaccuracies. I decided to build it straight from the box. Sporting the 8 window panes on the glass tipped nose, it is patterned after the original movie design and early season TV show. The model is easy to build and put together. I first glued the upper hull halves along with most of the pieces (conning tower fixtures, back wings etc.), hid most of the seams with putty and primed it with gray primer. I then painted it with Testor’s Medium gray paint. I chose this color because it has kind of a bluish hue to it which I thought looked best. I then placed the main window into position and airbrushed the dividing lines. The bottom was glued on last and the lower half was painted with Testor’s light gray.
Overall this 13 inch model isn’t a bad rendering. I am tempted to build the 24 inch model from Monsters in motion. It has a complete front nose interior and has the window configuration that I like best, from the latter seasons along with a flying sub. For now, this will have to do.