38 PCS. | MOC #0264

No, this isn’t the Nautilus from Jules Verne’s books. This is the one that was used to try to reach the North Pole in 1930.


Built at a scale of 1:500 and using only 38 LEGO bricks, I think this is a great tribute to the first attempt at reaching the North Pole using a submarine.

A great technique that I used on this design is the LEGO minifigure ski pole accessory which I used to recreate one of the antenna shafts used to communicate with the land at the time of the expedition. I also added an additional 1×2 round plate to the propulsion system which I used on my LEGO Archimede Class Submarine MOC.


USS O-12 (SS-73) was an O-class submarine of the United States Navy, launched in 1917 and entering service in 1918 in the Panama Canal Zone. These later O-boats, O-11 through O-16, were designed by Lake Torpedo Boat and are sometimes considered a separate class due to their performance differences from the Electric Boat designs.

After being decommissioned by the US Navy in 1924, the submarine was leased for Arctic exploration in 1930 under the sponsorship of William Randolph Hearst and renamed Nautilus. However, the expedition encountered significant challenges, resulting in damage to the submarine during Arctic exploration in 1931. Despite gathering valuable data, Hearst deemed the venture a failure. The submarine was returned to the US Navy after repairs in Norway and was scuttled in a fjord in November 1931.

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This LEGO® MOC was designed, created and rendered by The Bobby Brix Channel in 2024 and published on The Bobby Brix Website in 2024.

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