Category Archives: Nautilus Design 1

Nautilus based on the works of Jules Verne

Mobilis in mobili Part 8

The Nautilus

Amazing I forgot to post my completed model of the Nautilus here (minus textures). I hope you like the result.

Inspired by Jules Verne and the vision of Harper Goff

The Nautilus.

Mobilis in mobili Part 4

The Nautilus

A change of direction in the colour scheme.

With the Hull Plates closed over the Lounge window with the sliding hatches slid back to reveal the lounge porthole.

Side view with characters there to help illustrate the scale, if your wondering why some guys looking like they are taking it easy, They represent the location of the dingy that can if my memory serves hold a dozen crew.



Mobilis in mobili Part 3

The Nautilus

Some new images, the hull plating is modelled and I will look at textures soon.I retained the Disney Nautilus look around the helm control area. I just did not want to use a box shape that’s implied in the book.

I have also added the lounge windows with sliding panels that move to the side to reveal.


Mobilis in mobili Part 2

The Nautilus

Some new images, slightly longer than 70 meters as I planed to model and wider. almost ready to detail the model. I am happy with the progress of the design and perhaps even Jules Verne would think it OK


Mobilis in mobili Part 1

The Nautilus

Its been a while since I posted anything of interest, my interests have diverted from Star Trek and modern Sci-fi to the older era, The Jules Verne stories in particular, specifically in this case 20000 Leagues Under the Sea and the Nautilus, as a child I first discovered the story in Disney´s excellent and entertaining film in the 1954 film of the same name.

If you have not seen or read it, I highly recommend it.

Mobilis in mobili is the motto used to describe the Nautilus by Captain Nemo (or Prince Dakkar) as he reveals himself to be in a follow-up book by Jules Verne called “The Mysterious Island”.

Its described as been 70 meter long and 8 meters wide and I am been building the model to that scale or as close as I can get….. no height is given so I have a free had there…. The Nautilus is also meant to have Hydroplanes to the side somewhere to rise and lower the sub as needed like modern subs.

It’s hard to move away from the fantastic design used in the Disney film, designed by Harper Goff who was inspired by the Shark and Crocodile for his approach and very Victorian in feel, I think it works very, very well.


Non the less, This is my design so far. where my only real Harper Goff ref is the curved spar used to ram any ships, serving the need to protect the control room from directly hitting the bottom of a ship’s keel. I also built a small platform which i slightly curved and in the centre of that a small boat position. my problem is making a simple cylinder interesting ….. not that easy …..