Updated: January 29, 2022
ORIGINAL SEAVIEW MINIATURE
Original Large-scale miniature Seaview submarine from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. (TCF, 1961)
This is the breathtaking, 17 ft. 3 in. S.S. Seaview special visual effects "beauty miniature," used
in the filming of the classic Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea feature film as well as the television
This historic miniature was designed by Irwin Allen's talented art department to capture his optimistic
and idealized belief in a nuclear powered future. The sub's memorable design is inspired by the sleek
lines and anatomy of marine life, such as manta rays and porpoises.
(Note: the gray upper and white bottom areas reminiscent of a dolphin or shark, and the curved wing-like
nose area of the submarine resembles a manta ray.) This miniature was the "Hero" Seaview miniature,
photographed both on the surface and submerged in the massive 20th Century Fox water tanks (where films
such as The Poseidon Adventure and Tora! Tora! Tora! were filmed). The miniature's impressive size was
used by Irwin Allen's directors of photography and special effects units to create a more realistic
look and representation of the immensity of the fictional submarine for TV viewers of the 1960s - a
standard technique used by special effects technicians of the era prior to digital technology, as is used
The miniature features a variety of interesting original details including the following: 1) Original brass
antenna and periscope miniature accents. 2) Miniature port door accents. 3) Missile hatches. 4) Miniature tie
bars. 5) Miniature matching swivel rudders. 6.) Plexiglas bridge window. 7) Steel girder support arches in the
bridge interior. 8) Two-man sub deployment area. 9) Internal special effects wood and cable control handle.
10) Hanging points for cable control. 11) Miniature working bay doors under the bridge area which open and close
on rollers. This feature was engineered to permit the miniature Flying Sub to be deployed in the series!
The miniature was restored to its present condition for display at Planet Hollywood's now-closed Beverly Hills
location. It rests on a sturdy, custom-made wood gurney with carpeted supports, and heavy duty casters allowing
for easy movement, and is accompanied with a one-sheet poster from the film. A stunning and highly recognizable
miniature, worthy of inclusion in the finest collections of Hollywood memorabilia.
Value: $25,000. - $35,000.