Blade Runner Voight Kampf machine

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by airhead, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    I have been thinking about building a Voight Kampf machine. I have looked around the web and found mostly screen caps and a few Syd Mead sketches of concept drawings. So, I thought that I would see if there are any other resources out there. I did come across the Morpheus13 site with a lot of pictures of their replica. Real nice looking machine.

    Here's the screen cap front panel:

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    I'm estimating the width at about 15", based on Harrison Ford's shoulders. I'll scale the machine accordingly. I'm thinking of some winky-blinkies and maybe a small real CRT for the eye screen :$

    Any thoughts, or help, would be appreciated.

    David
     
  2. Jedirick

    Jedirick Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I do believe member Morpheus13's machine was 99% scratch built from blood,sweat, tears and sheet plastic.

    Terrific determination and a great replica.

    So that really pretty much means he didn't use a bunch of found parts or score a blueprint that I've heard.
     
  3. morpheus13

    morpheus13 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the compliments guys :)

    It was all scratch built but painfully inaccurate. There isnt much reference on the unit out there unfortunately, just alot of screen captures. Also, once you start pouring over the captures you'll find a major snag; there were actually two different props which are vastly different. Both are used in the scene.

    I wish I had more to share but unfortunately I dont at this time.
     
  4. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    Yep. A bunch of great shots of the during and after. I'm hoping that I can come close. :rolleyes

    I just would love to see that arm move up and the "eye" sensor roll over on its own....

    I didn't know if there was any help out there on dimensions.

    db
     
  5. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    Morph,

    What did you pick as dimensions?

    db
     
  6. morpheus13

    morpheus13 Well-Known Member

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    Nope. I really just guessed it out using the board game photo.
     
  7. morpheus13

    morpheus13 Well-Known Member

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    ...and I never made any drawings. I just built it as I went along. When I first built it, alot of people were contacting me for plans etc but I never made any so many went away mad like I was hiding it or something.
     
  8. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Morph did a great job...been workin' on one of these myself. :thumbsup
     
  9. Kris

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  10. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Hey don't feel bad. The guy who MADE the actual machine doesn't even remember anything about what was used. Apparently some of the parts are found items, but not many. A lot of it was scratch built and it was done in just over a day.
     
  11. morpheus13

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    yeah...Ive heard that myself ;)
     
  12. spinner44.com

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  13. Sidewinder

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    Are those two small screens Hama viewers like on the Aliens Motion Tracker?

    SAS
     
  14. morpheus13

    morpheus13 Well-Known Member

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    COOL.
     
  15. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a project that a number of folks have in their sights. I'm hoping to have mine finished by 2019 :lol ...maybe I can beat that by a little. I'd be interested in any progress pictures and will post mine, when I have some.

    db
     
  16. Prop Runner

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    This is the page Kris generously created for me as a teaser for an upcoming collaborative effort to build the ultimate "hero" VK machine replica. I even secured a web domain for the future project:

    http://www.voightkampfftest.com

    Use the up & down arrows to read through the film's opening scroll and the project's mission statement.

    But in the meantime I discovered that John (spinner44.com) was many months into his own project, so after considerable discussions we decided to join forces. At this time, I have no plans to create a separate website at the above link since John already has a good head start on his, but we may eventually link the sites together to get more visitors or use one or the other for better key word recognition.

    Look for my upcoming 3D CAD contributions in John's thread and project website. :)

    I haven't been this excited about participating in a prop replica project in a very long time. :love :thumbsup

    - Gabe
     
  17. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    I figured that there had to be some activity out there. I'll be interested in the priliminary CAD dwgs, when they are available. Time to start digging through the boxes of stuff. It looks to me like a pneumatic lift for the arm, possibly operated by the pulley and wire, where the wire is played out, releasing the lift cylinder spring and extending the top part of the arm. I think that the wire and pulley could also be raising the arm, using the same cyliner spring action. The top "eye" looks to be rotating with a small motor in the assembly. I have seen inion-type gears very much like the circular frame of the "eye", but don't have one in front of me. I'm thinking that the two small monitors are essentially static displays, with a rear projected shadow on the right screen. Like I said, I think that it is doable to have a real color monitor with an image of an eye, but that's way down the road for me, at the moment :lol .

    I have considered this to be one of the more interesting BR props, maily because it hasn't been done to death. I hope that I can contribute to the effort.

    David
     
  18. SethB6025

    SethB6025 Well-Known Member

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    I know I'll be watching the ongoing projects closely. I'd love to build up my own Vk machine. It would be great for when I have company over. As long as I don't ask anyone about their mother.... :eek
     
  19. BrianM

    BrianM Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW,

    This has always been a holy grail of a prop for me. Started drawing one once, after I talked to one of it's builders, but gave up do to lack of info. They slap-dashed it together, and had no idea it would be such a big deal.

    Plans would be great.

    A kit would be better...

    :D
     
  20. Prop Runner

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    David, considering the significant investment of time and resources into this project, no blueprints or plans will be made publicly available, but I'll be posting some isometric perspective views of the work-in-progress machine and its components in the project thread and website as the project moves forward. :)

    Send me an e-mail to proprunner@aol.com and we'll discuss.

    - Gabe
     
  21. airhead

    airhead Well-Known Member

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    Gabe -

    Thanks. Long rambling email sent. :lol

    David
     
  22. Prop Runner

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE:

    I'm considering a temporary leave of absence from the RPF for personal reasons. Rest assured, this project is still very much a GO. If anything, I'll have more time to devote to it as a result. If I do take a break, you'll still find me posting on this and other topics over at Prop Circle.

    Thanks, and please no PMs, as my box is nearly full. I can always be reached by e-mail at proprunner@aol.com or on AOL/AIM as Prop Runner for a chat.

    Sorry for the needless drama.

    - Gabe
     
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