Nautilus (re-imaging the Sea Quest DSV)
Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea created a world of amazing possibilities. As a kid (like lots more) i would stay awake at night trying to imagine the amazing Nautilus and playing adventures in my head. Verne's themes were expanded and became the stuff of other books, films and, in living memory, reasonably successful TV series (Seaview and Sea Quest DSV). Off world series have roots back to this genre.
Of all the deep sea submersibles designed to make the illusion real, the organic Sea Quest best fits my memories of Verne's creation. I made the model years ago, but it has sat in my tool shed since, gradually loosing all the fancy bits to adventures with spiders and darker inhabitants of the that realm.
Every so often, i have thought about imaging it, but the photography has been unsatisfactory. One persistent difficulty in photographing models is depth of field. While depth of field is a standard way of tricking the eye about size and distance, focus and blur in mid-ground shot of a model dispels the illusion. This is particularly the case in a big model (this one is about 18" long.