Alien Mother Key

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Birdie, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. Birdie

    Birdie Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey fellas,

    I have been thinking for a while about attempting to replicate the key that Dallas & Ripley use to activate Mother.

    I intend to replicate the 'data' part of the key in clear-cast resin, but I'm wondering if anyone can ID the handle part, if it is indeed a found item:

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    Prop measures 16.5" x 16.5"
     
  2. b26354

    b26354 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    The handle looks hand made from wood to me.
     
  3. Gytheran

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    Sounds crazy, but the red parts appear to be magnets. I'm looking for the proof now. :p
     
  4. Gytheran

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  5. Birdie

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    They are magnets, it says in the description :)

    The handlepart does look like wood, so maybe it is scratch-built. It reminds meof some kind of tool handle, maybe a hacksaw or similar.
     
  6. Funky

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    Could someone post a pic of the key?
     
  7. Gytheran

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    well... had I known that. :lol

    Where is this description hiding?
     
  8. BrundelFly

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    The clear part looks like its SANDWICHED between part of the handle and painted.

    THis would be easy to make....
     
  9. b26354

    b26354 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I think the round part in the middle might be part of a dismantled rotary switch like this:

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    the round insulating disc just above the bottom insulator - finding one the right size might be tricky though.
     
  10. Birdie

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    It's in Propstore's archives.

    "The key to Mother used in the Sigourney Weaver classic Alien. This extremely rare and famous prop can be seen being used by Tom Skerritt as Dallas in a scene near the beginning of the movie as he gains access to Mother by inserting the key in the corridor outside and Sigourney Weaver as Ripley can be seen later on in the film accessing mother with the key just before Ash, played by Iam Holm, attacks her. The prop is made from resin with the handle painted green and the main body being translucent with electronic and metal components cast into it, with four red magnets are attached to one end. The key has been chipped slightly, but this is very minor damage considering itÂ’s age. Measures 12cm x 4.5cm (16.5" x 6.5"). This would be the centrepiece of any collection."
     
  11. kdawg1

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    If you offer this I want one.
     
  12. Immortal Goat

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  13. motman241

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    The center round ring thing is a tube socket.
     
  14. Robot Monster

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    Mica Capacitors

    The 2 items up in the top that look like red rectangles. Proof / image / ordering are in the link above. It might be a good place to find the other old parts too.

    Tek
     
  15. Eyes Only

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    If you're not using molding I'd go for a wooden picture frame.
     
  16. adamata

    adamata Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    those 5 black rectangle things with the two holes look like the "motor/coil" piece from teh visable V-8 engine. its the same piece thats on the Solo esb blaster, bespin blaster and also the Jabb'a alace blaster (among others)
     
  17. allosaur176

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    Maybe i'm the only one to think so, but that thing is just horrid :confused :eek:
     
  18. Robot Monster

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    Your not the only one, but a new one might look better. It's like anything else it a product of it's time. Some props age better in design than others.
     
  19. Jedi Lawja

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    Well I think it's charming. I'd buy one if someone had one for sale at a fair price.

    Jay
     
  20. Sidewinder

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    Weren't there two keys in that sequence? Or at least two things that had to be plugged in somewhere?

    SAS
     
  21. Birdie

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    There's only one key. Ripley/Dallas take it from a lockbox and insert it into a terminal to get access to Mother.

    From the look of these caps, I would say the resin has yellowed considerably over the years.

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  22. Sidewinder

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    Yeah, but doesn't that pop open a flap to release a little circuit board type thing that has to be plugged in a certain place? I seem to remember Ripley running her finger along the wall as though looking for the correct slot.

    SAS
     
  23. Birdie

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    There's a button they push that opens the door.
     
  24. Mike J.

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  25. dropshipbob

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    I KNEW I didn't see it wrong when someone refered to the computer as MU TH UR.
    I wonder what it stands for though.
     

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