Jules Verne’s Nautilus

Its that time again when I start to read or listen (as audiobooks are easier on the eyes) to one of my favourite books, so I started rereading “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and dug out this image from 2015. as I just cannot get into a new spaceship model at the moment, I am thinking of returning to this design interior, but steering clear of the magnificent Victorian look of Harper Goff’s Disney design, so once again this magnificent journey has grabbed my attention. I was never happy with my quick solution for the Air Reservoir’s for the next cutaway it will be more detailed and better explained, that is the intention anyway.

The Nautilus is described as having a cylindrical hull 70 meters long and 8 meters in diameter, which I have indicated with this outline, and I could just about fit all the internal settings as described by Jules Verne on one level (the mid section), that could house the cabins of Professor Aronnax (2.5 meters long) which would have room for a simple bunk, writing deck, chair wardrobe and adjoining W.C with show, working back then to Captain Nemo larger room (5 meters long) with a work area and W.C. that could contain a bath.

Moving back we have the salon (10 meters long) with the large portholes for viewing the undersea world, this room doubles for museum, that has art and marine collection of some significant value, next is a dining room (5 meters long) of some elegance and adjoining that is the Library (5 meters long) containing 12,000 books.

We are now at the midpoint of the submarine where you will find a spiral staircase connecting 3 level the size of this central section is not given this area connects to other smaller rooms that house the galley & some storage rooms, where I have placed our other two passengers Ned Land and Conseil as they travel 20,000 leagues under the sea’s, moving further back we have a large W.C or bathhouse for the crew which I have estimated at 12 men can bunk comfortably. Then there is the batteries and engine machine area.

nautilus-cutaway-2017 Blue 1

The Halcyon

The Halcyon


First project for 2017, a design I am calling the Halcyon (a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher), a support craft for a larger ship but is capable of hyper-light speeds, I will have more details later as the design develops, I will design the larger ship later as time allows and a land craft.

I am also thinking of designing the interior, cockpit, hatch and the landing craft bay and perhaps a simple corridor. I was a little influenced by Space 1999 for the cockpit windows and I think that might continue into the internal design.

This is also part of my Pathfinder series of designs, a later design with artificial gravity

Additional images with the scale I have given it and the scale of a Land craft

Discovery Space Ship

The design is now finished and called Earth.Space.Craft. Kilkenny after a friend suggested the name after he saw a post I made on Facebook about a visit I made to this Irish city. why not, something different at least in terms of the naming of ships.. a Discovery Class

I will be releasing this design for sale in Lightwave3d only, very soon,, I had some interest in it and that is gratifying

Pathfinder Series – UES Discovery

Pathfinder Spaceship 2045


The overall design is finished, apart from some minor changes I am calling it finished, so a few details for those who like this kind of information, as always I build to scale.

Height:  260’7 ft
Width:   228’8 ft
Length:  228’8 ft