Another Original Motion Tracker Build PIC HEAVY!!

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  1. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    So after nearly two years of collecting parts and building, I finally can present my Alien Motion Tracker.

    First let me say a big thanks to Birdie who inspired me to build this, as well as Richie Bohach, Shawn Morgan and Steve Laboyteaux who all chipped with photos, parts and insight in how this thing should go together. I also owe a huge debt of thanks to Philip Wise and his amazing laser cutting skills for helping me make a number of these parts a reality.

    So without further adieu......pictures:

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    I'm pretty happy with it overall. I'll follow this up with some in progress pics.

    Gregg
     
  2. Droidboy

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    If you haven't seen this thread, then check it out:

    http://www.therpf.com/f9/finally-my-alien-motion-tracker-build-thread-89398/

    There is very little that I did that Simon didn't do. Probably the only real differences are that I was able to use a real pioneer scope for the big scope (this one is a copy) and I used what I believe to be the same green nipple thingies on the top they used on the real one.

    Other than that, we both took the same approach, or more to the point, I took his approach. Simon (Birdie) was wonderful about providing insight into the build and providing details that I couldn't have figured out on my own.

    Oddly, probably the hardest thing to find was the damned Vauxhall keys and tumbler. I finally made friends with a bloke in England who specialised in then, and was able to get enough for the ones I'm building. Oh yeah....I'm building 5 of them. Why?? Because that is how many TV's I found.

    Gregg
     
  3. Droidboy

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    So this is what I started out with, a Pioneer Ranger TV

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    After it was dismantled, and all of the guts were pulled out of it I started adding the laser cut panels and bits to it:

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    Under a little primer

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    Some of the detail pieces:

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    Some in progress photos on the road to being finished:

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    The real scope:

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  4. asemblyrequired

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    very good build. I have been collecting parts as well. What kind of Ice tray did you use ?


    -jAMES
     
  5. Droidboy

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    The ice tray was custom made by Shawn and it's solid resin. I was able to track down some that had the right cube size and he was able to modify them to look like that.
     
  6. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Oh...and thanks :)
     
  7. Birdie

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    Yay! :lol

    Well done Greg, great to see a plan come to fruition, Ash would be proud :thumbsup
     
  8. marsattack

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    awesome mate!
    did not know you were busy doing that!
    Mars
     
  9. Bill Carson

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    AMAZING !! I love this prop. Great work !!
     
  10. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys! I'm going to start finishing number 2 later today :)

    Simon...I couldn't have done it without you sharing information on how to do it. That is what I love so much about this community...our sharing of information.

    On a side note...the decals don't look nearly as shiney in person as they do in the pics. It's my first real work with custom printed water slides...and all in all I'm happy with them. I think the roughness feels like the movie one, and not super pristine, which is what I was going for.
     
  11. Rebelscum

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    It's cool to see it come together since I only see the parts I work on...

    Nice work.
     
  12. streetjudge79

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    Great job Greg!
     
  13. Rikarus

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    WOW!!!!! very nice!
     
  14. alienscollection.com

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    Awesome work...!

    Want.
     
  15. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guy..especially you Philip. I couldn't have finished it without you.
     
  16. asemblyrequired

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    droid , your getting me back into wanting to put mine together. I have a few parts and will have to check on a few others.


    -James
     
  17. Fyberdyne Labs

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    Lookes great!
    Mark
     
  18. Droidboy

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    James...definitely get back to building yours. There are far too few of these out in the world. I started doing final assembly on number 2 today...so maybe by the end of the week.
     
  19. Zombie Killer

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    They look great Greg!! Good job!
     
  20. Fuzzual

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    Fantastic job, love this iconic prop! Great stuff!!!!
     
  21. Flix4Me

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    Suh-wheeet! Good fer you!

    I'm missing a couple of things still for mine, but I'm still looking. Curse that CRT Screen and bezel! ;)


    KC
     
  22. Droidboy

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    I scratch built the video display on the top, actually the only parts used that were the found items were:

    the television
    the bottom of the scope
    the little stems, which were the knobs off the same Pioneer radio
    gully cover
    slide switches
    speaker grill
    Vauxhall key and tumbler
    and the dial

    Everything else was custom made. I'd love to find the right CRT display one day, but I'm not going to hold my breath. That being said, I would have never thought the Pioneer Scope would have been found either.

    Gregg
     
  23. asemblyrequired

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    yeah I just bought three of the speaker grills off ebay..just need one more.

    -James
     
  24. Droidboy

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    I only had one and molded it, that way I could make as many as I wanted. :)
     
  25. asemblyrequired

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    yeah it was for three and I'm going to do the same

    -James
     
  26. Droidboy

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    I wish i could give you some advice on molding them...it was a tricky piece because of the backside having different levels.

    Gregg
     
  27. Interceptor6

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    Nice work Gregg!
    Mine's slowly coming together, and the wife sneers at me when she walks by the pile-o-bits! Guess I'll have to speed it up a mite!
    I'm still hoping to pick up a Pioneer cheap, but, somebody... beats me to them!
    Did you cast that copy yourself?
    Nicely done!
    Jeff
     
  28. Droidboy

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    Yes, I have a real pioneer scope I molded myself. Good luck on finding the scope cheap though, I think I paid about $100 for mine.

    Gregg
     
  29. kdawg1

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    *, I wish I could find the parts does anyone reproduce the parts to build this critter?
    I have the Ranger TV already gutted and now I just need the add-ons.

    Any help with this would be great!
     
  30. Droidboy

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    Motion Tracker #2

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    Keith.....I could probably come up with a parts kit for you. What are you needing?
     
  31. asemblyrequired

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    greg , what piece is the silver needle looking one on the bottom of the screen ..is it found parts ?

    -James
     
  32. Droidboy

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    No...it's a custom made piece.
     
  33. Droidboy

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    And #2 is done!

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  34. Stormy320

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    Cool Greg.

    Good to see you're still around. It's been a long time.
     
  35. Droidboy

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    THanks Stormy!
     
  36. Interceptor6

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    A real beauty!!!
    Time to clear my bench and start stripping the Ranger!
     
  37. Droidboy

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    Thanks! Time to start number 3, or at very least figure out which parts I still need to make.

    Gregg
     
  38. asemblyrequired

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    found a source for the Vaux key and tumbler , just need to see how many i need to get from him.

    -James
     
  39. Lee S

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    Just found this thread, stunning work!!

    If you or anyone else ever offers these as a kit or (if I could afford it) a built up, I's be very very interested.

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  40. Droidboy

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    I can offer a lot of the parts, but I don't see doing any more build ups. I do have 3 more tv's though, so who knows.

    Gregg
     
  41. Interceptor6

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    DB, I'm still building one!
    let me know if you're going do make any more parts!
    Jeff
     
  42. Droidboy

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    I've got molds for everything I think. What parts do you need?

    Gregg
     
  43. Interceptor6

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    The two round slotted plates next to the ice cube tray,
    A set of nut plates (below the gully cover),
    Video camera viewer
    Vauxhal key set
    and maybe the front probe things?
    Prices?
    Thanks, Jeff
     
  44. SKIN JOB 66

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    Just discovered this thread, thanks to Birdie... How did I missed that one ???

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    AWESOME work... and PM sent !

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    Fred
     
  45. Birdie

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    Gregg, did you ever discover the actual car model the key is assigned to?

    I know Fred is looking for one, I picked mine up on Ebay on a search for 'Old Vauxhall Key', so never actually discovered the model or year.
     
  46. Droidboy

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    I never found the actual model, but I've bought a dozen or so keys and a handful of actual cylinders. I'll have to go through my stash and see what I still have left. I probably won't end up building the other two tv's I have, so it might be time to get rid of extras.
     
  47. Interceptor6

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    I've currently got an old GM key to hold the spot, but would love to "upgrade" when you cut an extra loose.
    Jeff
     
  48. Droidboy

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    Ill try to go through things tomorrow.
     
  49. Interceptor6

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    Thanks Gregg!
     
  50. SKIN JOB 66

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    Thanks again Gregg (and Simon) !

    BTW guys, did you notice there's something written on the front sensor tube :

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    My best guess would be ELECTRO MAGNETIC INTERFACE... but what does it mean ???

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    Fred
     

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