Escape from New York - Tracker

Skyler101

Sr Member
This is a total work on progress.

My EFNY theme continues. For the longest time, I have kept my eyes open for a Tiger SubWars game to modify into the tracker unit Snake uses at the start of Escape from New York. I had no luck, so I thought I might give it a shot based on some of the pictures I found on the net.

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The size was eyeballed from some photos, so if anyone has the original SubWars game, and willing to take some shots of it for me, I would be appreciative. Hoping to get som e electronics into the final piece.

This will take some time, but happy with what I was able to pull together.

-Skyler101
 

Rik1138

Sr Member
I think I have one of them still. Always meant to make this prop, but never did...
If I can find it I'll post some measurements, will look tomorrow. :)
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
That would be great Rik. Love to get some measurements together for this relica.
Let me know if you find it :)

-Skyler101
 

Rik1138

Sr Member
Yep, found it! I'll get some measurements tonight and post them...

Send me a PM if you want it, that might save you some time. :)
 

Funky

Master Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
That is looking fantastic! I have the Tiger game but it still has the box and I can't bring myself to destroy it to make a prop, even if it is from my top five all time favorite movies. But if you finish this and offer copies, put me first on your list!
 

Rik1138

Sr Member
How detailed/precise do you want? :)
Basic measurements: 82mm square, 37mm thick/deep. Raised border around screen is 1mm high, 3.5 thick all the way around
6 holes on the bottom are 4.5mm diameter
Rectangle for the 'display' area is 64x46mm
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
PM sent

Yep, found it! I'll get some measurements tonight and post them...

Send me a PM if you want it, that might save you some time. :)
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I'll keep you in mind Funky.
I want to get the prototype done, and if there is interest, I'll look at making a run.

-Skyler101

That is looking fantastic! I have the Tiger game but it still has the box and I can't bring myself to destroy it to make a prop, even if it is from my top five all time favorite movies. But if you finish this and offer copies, put me first on your list!
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
Hey guys,

I'm in transit most of September, but will definitely be developing and moving on with this project :)

My plan is to create the shell and replicate the screen, using a laser cutter to etch and then paint the graphics. I know the original was silk screened, but given what happened with the tracker in the movie, I think Snake might be worried that the sizing graphics might get scratched off! :)

Once I have the shell made, I was thinking about getting some LEDs and see what I can do with getting the unit functional.

I'll be heading to NY later in the year, so I plan to have it ready before I head into Manhattan Island.

-Skyler101
 

Funky

Master Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Brother, you do great work. I have no doubt you will make this piece awesome.
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
Brother, you do great work. I have no doubt you will make this piece awesome.
Thanks, Funky.
Been picking up and making prop pieces here and there, but I think its time to complete my Escape from New York Collection. :)

-Skyler101
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
Quick update...
Finalised the design of the tracker, but waiting for a SubWar game to arrive to double check measurements.

Can’t wait for this to all come together.

Once I have a prototype, I’ll be moving forward with electronics.

- Skyler101
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
Hey guys, update time:

Sorry about the break, work had me flying all over the globe, and I got a little more travel than I expected.

Good news is that when I got back home, I had a package from Rik1138 and boy of boy, did that make my day. Thank you Rik, the TankWAr case will make this project go alot faster now.My tracker's sizing was based on photos and my own hand, which happens to be bigger than Kurt Russell's hand. How do I know that?

Well, my tracker is too big. I did take a photo of my tracker and hand and superimposed it, but it was still off. :(

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So right now my next task will be to resize the artwork, get the font for the perspex ready and build the outside case. Some really subtle details to the subwar case just came up, and I am playing with the idea of making this piece with USPF markings and numbers as if it came out of the movie screen. Let me know if that is something you want.

OK, let me get back to it... More to come.

-Skyler101
 

Skyler101

Sr Member
OK, some good news...
Have moved a smaller laser cutter into my office so that I can get some real work on the tracker.

I have been able to get the face of the tracker properly sized up. Took a little bit of fiddling with the software I was using, but I now have it spot on.
Was playing with different heights of material for the circular bevel, but I found it got lost so I am keeping it at 3mm instead of 1mm. It definitely looks spectacular at 3mm and really pops.

Here are some development pics right from the cutter. There is a slight bevel in the edges of the case that I will want to replicate and play with this week, and once that's done, I'll move onto the font and lines of the screen. If anyone has an idea of what the font was that is close to the screen-printed numbers, please let me know.

Hope it helps your trip to NY! Enjoy....

-Skyler101

 

Skyler101

Sr Member
Been a while...

Just to let you know that this project is not dead. Had to get my cutter back in action and hope to have another update in a couple of days.
Hope you will like it.

- Skyler101
 

Johnnyfl

Sr Member
RPF PREMIUM MEMBER
Sounds good (y). I actually managed to get an original off of eBay recently fully functional with original inner packaging but no outer box and just like Funky I am finding it hard to take a saw to it.
 
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