Apr 25, 2008, 9:15 AM - 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp - DONE!!
FOUR YEARS AGO:
I finally have the final piece needed to make a 1/2 scale Offworld Blimp! The original source advertising material that I can load into two mpeg-cpable lcd screens that I purchased, so that when this model is finished, it will literally play the advertising and audio as seen in the film. A happy coincidence: the screens (at a little over 10" each) work out to 1/2 studio scale! So when I use donor kits like the Quad Gun Tractor, I can use a 1/72nd kit in place of a 1/35th. Good times.
Here's a rough idea of scale, with one of the screens:
A buddy in Japan has a bunch of the original photoetch frets from the Hades set, which coincidentally were repurposed on the blimp for the equatorial "antennas", so I'm scanning the sheet, redrawing them, halving the scale, and getting a sheet etched.
A very talented Wizard is drafting a blimp form for me, which I will make a master for, so I can cast it and also make a non-electronic "first revision" blimp (the one with three screens), and allow the form to be hollow and lightweight.
And here's a tease of the holy grail! I have scrubbed the geisha footage in this file (but you get the idea), and made it quick-and-dirty from my monitor (with a low rent comparison to the film) - it's a teaser after all!
Last edited by moffeaton; May 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM.
Apr 25, 2008, 10:42 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
[COLOR=black]Words can not describe my feelings about this project... I am in awe. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]So... loaded, self interested question... might you consider doing a kit? [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Either way, I can not tell you how cool I think this project is and how much I look forward to watching this come together. With your resources, reference and passion the only person I could see successfully completing this project would be you. [/COLOR]
[COLOR=black]Please keep this thread updated! [/COLOR]
Apr 25, 2008, 10:53 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Wow man, I am honored you think I can pull it off!
Yes, I'm happy to offer a "kit" so far as I can. What I plan to do is offer up what I have made, and you can "follow along in your book, when you hear the beep, like this"... heh.
Ideally, you'll be able to get a blimp shell, any resin stuff I scratchbuild, and photoetch, and I'll tell you what to buy kit-wise and lcd screen-wise, and I'll also provide the mpeg once I package it up that you can load into the lcd screens.
I got two of these off of eBay last year, and they'll work perfectly:
They even have stereo speakers
Apr 25, 2008, 11:22 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Nice! A great build thread and a kit hookup! I am all about that!
This is going to be fantastic, I can not wait to see this come together.
So shouldnt you be busy building... like... now maybe...
Apr 25, 2008, 11:31 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Lol - I have to clear the plate first - won't have anything ready until the fall - don't want to rush this one!
Apr 25, 2008, 11:43 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Oh man I can't wait to see what you do with this one! This is a model I have always thought would be perfect with the new mini-LCD screens that are out. The last time I watched BR I couldn't help thinking about the old Goodyear Blimp model with it's rotating drum and paper display and how that could be adapated.
Apr 25, 2008, 5:54 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Oh my god!
That's gonna be a hell of a thing
We're all rooting for ya!
formerly Paul Heaberlin
Apr 25, 2008, 10:26 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Can't wait to see how this comes out! Impressive idea!
Apr 25, 2008, 11:04 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
How are you sourcing the video clips? I know the recent box set showed snippets of them clean but not the entire loop, IIRC.
Apr 25, 2008, 11:52 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Unbelievably cool! Can't wait to see your progress. How do you find the time?
I second the question- where was the video sourced?
Apr 26, 2008, 1:12 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
WOW, that is gonna be the stuff. Can't wait to see this one.
Apr 26, 2008, 1:31 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Very exciting, Jason! As others have said, we'll all be rooting for you and watching your progress on this thread with interest!
And thank you SOOO much for your generosity with the information and the promise of a kit. This is going to make a LOT of BR fans verrry happy!!
Apr 26, 2008, 9:58 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
I lucked out and got the footage from a friend with crazy cool connections... right place, right time, right fan of the right thing!
Nothing bums me out more than people with reference that don't share/hoard it, so I'll always help a fellow modeler out! (But I'm not giving away my time and money for free, either, lol).
I've been given tons of help over the years, and it's made me a better model builder, so I never want to lose sight of the dynamics of the way things should work in the hobby, so I'm happy to help a blimp builder out, as soon as I have something to share.
The blimp is such an off the beaten path subject, and reference is so hard to find!
Apr 26, 2008, 2:17 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Bravo, good sir.
Apr 27, 2008, 7:01 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Soooo looking forward to watching your progress here, and the possibility of a kit in the future as welll... just wow!!
Apr 28, 2008, 3:52 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
WAY interested in this prop...keeping my eye on this...
Apr 29, 2008, 9:37 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
This was actually a project that I was going to try and tackle, but I just couldn't scrounge up enough reference materials to even start on my own. Like I said, I'm really looking forward to this piece!!
Apr 29, 2008, 11:33 AM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Thanks for stepping up to the plate, Jason. In your hands this subject is sure to get the treatment it deserves.
I love your take on the screens. I work for an ad agency, and the blimp would look great hovering over our reception desk. I wonder if I could rig it to play our trailer reel on a loop...
Apr 29, 2008, 2:05 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
I hope to live up to the challenge!
The beauty of these screens is that it'll play any mpeg that you load into a compact flash card, so yeah, you could have it play anything you want!
Apr 29, 2008, 8:30 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Cool! This is shaping up to be a work related expense. Now if I can just find a client I can bill it to...
I'm kidding of course
Please keep us posted on your progress, J. This is gonna be one to watch.
Apr 29, 2008, 8:37 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
This is probably a stupid question, but, do you have the Cinefex book, Jason? It's got some nice pix of the blimp and some text on how it was made.
BTW, congrats on scoring the commercial loop. Anything neat in there that got cut?
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Apr 30, 2008, 12:42 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Oh MAN this is a cool project! It's interesting, I haven't seen anyone else tackle this before. I wish you luck, and I can see a bunch of people are interested in a kit already!
I can't wait to see that thing showing the Offworld clip on those screens. How are you going to have it displayed once you're done, or haven't you thought that far ahead yet?
EDIT: Also, if you don't mind, could I have a copy of that wallpaper? I would love to set that as my second monitor's wallpaper!
Last edited by Kadajiroth; Apr 30, 2008 at 12:48 PM.
Apr 30, 2008, 1:47 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Yerp - The Cinefex book is where I get the bug to make the Blimp, and scanned the pics and scaled up to make the wallpapers I made last year. You want 'em? Sure thing:
I'll probably have it mount to a panavise, from the bottom, with a power cable snaking up the shaft. I can hide a power strip inside, so the light rig and both screens can then run off of one cord that exits the blimp itself. There will be a ton of room inside, but it will get heavy, so I want to mount this one from the balance point on the bottom, and have that mount point tie into an inner armature. For the "original" three screened one (I don't plan to light that one) I'll mount it to the ceiling and set 'er up at work. It should be crazy-light.
The ad has a bunch of stuff not seen in the film, as it cuts away to Deckard, and the audio is of course continuous. It also sounds a lot like Holden - I wonder if it was the same actor? The Geisha stuff is also full of unused material.
I'll start on this in earnest after WF in July. I want to have as much to take to the show as possible, but want to finish the balls I already have in the air, first - only have two and a half months!!
I'm in the process of getting access to the photoetched material now... wish me luck!
Apr 30, 2008, 4:53 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Probably another 'duh' statement, but there're a few quick closeups of different areas of the blimp in "Dangerous Days". Bits I hadn't seen before, anyways. Maybe the top?
Good luck, Jason
Last edited by Mike J.; Apr 30, 2008 at 4:53 PM.
Apr 30, 2008, 4:57 PM - Re: 1/2 studio scale Offworld Blimp
Yeah, I got that footage too
Ridley is god, eh?
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