Anyone seen "The Thing" Collectors DVD? SS Space Ship!

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  1. Beeb89

    Beeb89 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    In the bonus material on the collectors version of "The Thing" they showcase the ship and it's builder. Even though the ship has very little screen time, it is VERY cool! LOTS of detail. It looks like it has been well taken care of and they show some great close-up shots as well.

    I would love to build on of these!

    Sorry, but I can't do screen grabs but you need to check it out!
    -B89! [​IMG]
     
  2. JPolacchi

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    Have'nt seen the dvd yet,but I must agree....the ship was way cool.I also like the ship to "Preditor",both ships from these films has only seconds of screen time.I don't know how well either was documented,but very little I should think.
     
  3. phase pistol

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  4. mez7

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    i wanted to make this years ago [​IMG]

    thanks for the pics i may have to do it now,
    i found a ufo model kit at a store, i think it was a lost in space kit, i dont know the dimentions though, i was going to use that as a start, anyone know if they used something found?? or if it was custom?? any ideas what could be used as a base??

    and now i have to buy the special edition [​IMG] already bought the thing once, now i have to get this one, hate it when they do this
     
  5. propsculptor

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    All of it was scratchbuilt by the modelmaker, she did an excellent job on the ship and the last scene miniature where they animated "The Thing" Stop-motion but that scene was later cut.
     
  6. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm sure it wasn't based on any "found" model kit at least, that miniature is huge (18"? not sure).

    Might be some sort of decorative item or tray tho.

    Note the etched-brass parts, the ring around the outside, etc.

    They show a lot of the top side but not much of the bottom.

    The miniature has a sort of "Star Trek Next Generation" NCC-1701-D saucer feel to it... I wonder if Sternbach was influenced by the Thing saucer at all. [​IMG]

    - k
     
  7. mez7

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    i know the whole thing is not found [​IMG]

    just wondering about the main body of the disc? it could be,
    could be a tray of some sort, notice the bump in the middle though, what could be used as a starting point,

    btw the ufo model kit i found before was 18"may have to go see if its still in the store
     
  8. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Well fill us in on the 18" UFO model kit, I'd like to see it! [​IMG]

    Most such kits I've seen are 12" or less... the Forbidden Planet C-57D is an exception, but that is humongous.

    And the "Thing" saucer is pretty flat, you'd have to use a pizza or something. [​IMG]

    - k
     
  9. Treadwell

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    I don't know if this is heresy or anything, but that would make a really cool saucer for a Star Trek ship.
     
  10. phase pistol

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    Yeah as I said, it has a real TNG vibe to it.

    The "USS Thing" would be right at home in the Wolf 359 graveyard... [​IMG]

    -K
     
  11. phase pistol

    phase pistol Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    now i have to buy the special edition [​IMG] already bought the thing once, now i have to get this one, hate it when they do this
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    Actually if you have the original DVD I think you have the isolated music score, which they don't include on the new special edition.

    - k
     
  12. mez7

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    ill have to keep both then [​IMG]

    ill go to the model shop i saw the ufo model kit in, but im not sure if it will still be thier, it was either last year or the year before, but its right near my house so ill check on the way home from work tommorow

    if not its off to a pizza place to steal some dishes [​IMG]
     
  13. Stormy320

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    I would say it's about 16" in diamater.

    Are there places you can get brass etched and cut like that for a one off project?
     
  14. Beeb89

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    Thanks for posting the pics, phase pistol. [​IMG]


    See, I told you it was a cool ship! [​IMG] The builder said it was fabricated from ABS plastic instead of styrene to withstand the heat from the lights. I'm not sure if it has any found items as it's base but I kind of doubt it. The lady flat out has some skills as you can see from the detail of the miniatures she made for the cut "stop motion" scene.

    I love to hear about FX shots and how they were set up and executed, so that was my main reason for getting the DVD but the ship was definitely a BIG bonus! [​IMG]

    Thanks again!
    -B89! [​IMG]
     
  15. Sci Fi Smoker

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    The documentary on that ship is also included in the original DVD release of The Thing. I've had it for years.
     
  16. mez7

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    well any new info out of anyone??

    the shop i saw the old UFO kit didnt have it anymore, so couldnt see if it was any close to what is on film
    but as ive wanted to make this thing for so long anyone still want to??
     
  17. GKvfx

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    Sorry for the necro post, but it IS to update it with new photos. Since it was mentioned in a thread pertaining to the CE3K Mothership........ I felt it was more appropriate to post these here.

    At the recent (last year) screening of the film here in L.A., the Thing's ship/saucer was on display. It was behind a plex case, hence the glare.

    Enjoy,

    Gene
     
  18. ralphee

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    Awesome Gene! Are those motor boat Torpedoes on the upper hull? Possibly Vosper or PT?
    Wouldnt mind having the light surround strip laser cut TBH, the rest looks a breeze, kinda lol.

    Bests...... Lee
     
  19. Death Grin

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    Who is going to build one? With working lights?
     
  20. moffeaton

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    (Jason thinks about how cool this film is, the fact that this model lights up and stuff, and how there's a laser cutter in the house...)
     
  21. ralphee

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    (Lee thinks Jason should kindly cut him an outer saucer section if he gets jiggy wid' it on the laser cutting implement) :lol.

    lee
     
  22. jedimaster

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    Simon thinks you should test said new laser cutter on a Narcissus model frame before embarking on such a nice project like this.:behave
     
  23. tk1608

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    I like it !!!

    When are you gonna start Lee ?:love

    Could phase pistol re-post those dead links...?

    What was that magazine special from years ago..? I seem to remember the whole mag dedicated to the movie...shudda bought it back then..didn't, regretted it for ever...

    Cheers

    Phil
     
  24. Knightjar

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    Nice! That's been on my to-build list for years.
     
  25. moffeaton

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    Hell yes to both those projects, me hearties! If you do the sweat equity on the layout and send the files (or the dims for me to make the files if you don't like Illustrator vector stuff) and grant me permission to cut one for myself, I give-a you da free pieces!

    No rush, I'm all booked up at the moment on previous engagements...
     
  26. nick daring

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    I'd love to see one of these get made.

    Was this last non-ironic "Flying Saucer" styled ship in a movie? The classic saucer shaped ship has been mocked into obscurity at this point it seems.

    Nick
     
  27. DocRaven

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    awesome
     
  28. FlyAndFight

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    Thanks for sharing those new pics. What was the size of the model?
     
  29. toromodel

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    Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing! :love

    Is it possible to see them with better resolution?:love
     

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