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!