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Discussion in 'Production Made Costumes and Props' started by Neo-uk, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone on here know where the props are from this great film.
    I'm hoping to start a build but need more reference.
     
  2. Don Jarr

    Don Jarr Active Member

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    Hi again

    I don't ahve any info on the props but have the film if you want some screen caps of them.

    :)
     
  3. seven

    seven Sr Member

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    I believe Ketzer owns one of the original puppets

    However, there are some at the Planet Hollywood in Florida
     
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  4. staermose

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    I've only completed the drawing of Wheems seen from the top, but it might get you started.

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  6. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the help chaps.
    I still don't know which one to build.
     
  7. Raenius

    Raenius New Member

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    Wheems! To start with ofcourse...
     
  8. staermose

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    Careful with those pics, although they look nice, they are not very accurate. I guessbecause of a lack of good reference pics available when they where build.

    I dug out these I had on my HD.

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  9. proboscis

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    I'm in love
     
  10. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    Oh my god Staermose you're a great help.
    Thanks for that.
     
  11. blipper

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    Those are amazing shots, staermose. The copper one particularly grabs me. Are you planning on any puppet-like articulation Neo?
     
  12. staermose

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    No problem.
    Seems I forgot a few of the little blue fella.
    Here are the rest.

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  13. Beechy McFly

    Beechy McFly Sr Member

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    Where do we lone up?? LOL.. They look awesome, takes me back..
     
  14. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    I doubt it Blipper.
    These are great Staermose but what about the parents ?
    I think I might do one of those, everyone seem to build Wheems.
     
  15. staermose

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    Sorry but these are the only pics I have.
    No good references of the parents sadly.

    I think most people build Wheems bcause he gets a lot of screen time, and also he is the simplest of the five main UFOs.

    The parents, especially the father could be very complicated to build. But until better reference material shows up, this is only my Personal guess.
     
  16. staermose

    staermose Sr Member

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    "Allright, you've talked me into it!"

    I've just started this drawing:

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  17. staermose

    staermose Sr Member

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    A little further.

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  18. staermose

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    Right side done, left should be easy :D
    If anybody has any ideas or pics of what may be some missing pieces, please chime in.

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  19. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    Nice work dude
     
  20. ReproMan

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    yeah great drawings. i wouldnt mind building one
     
  21. Neo-uk

    Neo-uk Well-Known Member

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    Have you lot seen those pics of the family from SDCC ? Theyre very good
     
  22. nollid21

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    Ditto, its a sweet movie that reminds me of being a kid. And its totally awesome that someone is doing a build for it!
     
  23. ralphee

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    Its awesome to see these little guys up close and in such detail, i love the little blue guy.
    A big thankyou for the photo share, brings mack some memories.

    As i recall, im pretty sure one of the parent ships were destroyed id heard, there is some ref out there of both, but its one of those "sensitive" issues sadly, still, its great to see the little guys.

    lee
     
  24. staermose

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    Anybody have a link to the sdcc pics of these?
     
  25. Beechy McFly

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  26. staermose

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  27. Winters

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    Has anything come of this? My wife reminded me that this is one of her favourite films; now I am on a hurried search to find something for her birthday...
     
  28. propcollector

    propcollector Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Would like a set of these.
     
  29. ahoudini

    ahoudini Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I would also love to build these guys.
     
  30. propcollector

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    I would like to know what model parts , if any were used on these. On the larger brown one it looks like a morser karl part was used.
     
  31. staermose

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    I know this is an old topic, but I never got the pics in the link sved to my HD. And now the Hi Res seems to be gone. At least I can't get them to work. Does any of you have a copy of these saved, and if so could I possible get them as well?
    Thanks :)
     
  32. ahoudini

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    OMG, if this presages awesome triptych artwork of these little guys, please, please count me in!!


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  33. nwjedidave

    nwjedidave Sr Member

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    great stuff. A good friend of mine was 2nd unit AD. Would love to have a set of robots to give him!
     
  34. staermose

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    I may do a set of posters of these. But for now it's just for building them. I found them in kit form. But they are horribly cast, a lot of detail is missing. I'm just trying to replicate as much lost detail as possible. I got Flotsam and Jetsam. And at least the legs are totally unusable.

    To illustrate my point, this blob of almost clear red resin is supposed to be the eyes and intricate detail seen behind the in the photo below.
    I will cut off all material and only leave the "figure 8" shape, and scratch the rest. And even that will require a lot of clean up, due to unwanted air bubbles.

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  35. ahoudini

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    I have a couple of kits, also, and they are awful. They would be perfect, I think, for 3D printing, but I lack the skill to model them in software.


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  36. propcollector

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    Don Bies worked on these!!
     
  37. propcollector

    propcollector Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Those are Golden Armor kits correct?
     
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  38. staermose

    staermose Sr Member

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    Yes, and they come highly unrecommended.
     
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  39. zorg

    zorg Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Lol I like it!
     
  40. staermose

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    Some of the reasons why I will not recommend these kits from Golden Armor.

    The eye part for the blue guy, basically just a chunk of clear red resin.
    Almost all detail on the sides are destroyed, and unsalvageable. The domes for the eyes are textured and has big gobs of resin spilled around the rims.
    The "glasses" are bumpy and filled with holes. These are the only thing I will keep and try to repair.
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    Do not get these unless you have a very intimate relationship with your rotary tool.
    I cut of the the back, and cut out the eyes. These will be replaced with glass marbles.
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    On this knee joint there is a clear visible fingerprint. The leg has been broken, and glued back together. There is glue spilled all over the joint.
    Besides this the details are all wrong, uneven, and in some areas that should be crisp they look like they were done in play-doh.
    Legs for this one, and the copper one will be rebuilt from scratch.
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  41. Megus23

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    When you finish all of the views I wouldn't mind taking a swing at using them for drawing up a 3D file if you don't mind sharing them :)

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  42. Pippspriller

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    Wow! I can't believe they would even try to sell those in such terrible shape.
    Kudos on your "I can salvage this" attitude! I'll keep watching :)


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  43. staermose

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    I won't finish six views plans for this.
    And if you used my drawings as a basis you would risk copying mistakes or liberties I have made.
    My suggestion is that you gather as much reference material as possible, and work from that instead.
    Always look at source material before looking at interpretations! :)
     
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  44. staermose

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    More progress. I've made a new cradle for the eyes. The parts supplied with the kit will be replaced by amber glass marbles. And lit from behind by red LEDs. As far as I can tell from the photos I've seen of the original prop model, its eyes were amber or yellow, and painted with a transparent red color. I don't know yet if I will paint mine. Depends how convincing they'll look when everything else is assembled and painted.

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  45. staermose

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  46. ShortWookie

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    Wow, this is looking excellent already! :)
     
  47. BC-FX

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    one more to my wish list i think
     
  48. staermose

    staermose Sr Member

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    Why?! Do you hate yourself?
    These kits are not well made by any standards.
     
  49. BC-FX

    BC-FX Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    i meant the props not those kits, it look as if i would be better of with a scratch build

     
  50. Duncanator

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    You are doing a nice job of cleaning up those wretched castings. I can't wait to see more.
    I've always wanted to build these robots too. A lot of the parts are Plastruct low rise domes. I used to have some of the parts for Pa's nose and eyebrows. They were fenders and the engine cover to a car kit - I think it might have been a Porsche.
     
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