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Does anyone have any further thoughts on the casing? If it was custom, then presumably the props in Space 1999 were in fact leftovers from 2001. I do have some screen captures that show the bottom.
Intersting indeed!! From where I stand, I can see the same screw holes near the connectors and also the rear knob at the upper right hand side of the pic...probably left-overs from those units in the corridor of Discovery. Don't forget, they used those food packets, from the Aries-1B, in another space movie not long after 2001.The prop in your image above has the same truncated conical connectors, silver plate and lower and side screw holes and feet as the 2001 unit. Seems unlikeley they would go to this length to copy it.
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A different cap shows the upper and lower screw holes and connectors that look more like the standard Sperry Gyro ones.
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Either a different prop, or they swapped out the endplate for some reason.
The bottom of the unit, showing the 'feet'.
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Your first posting of this pic wasn't as clear on my screen, but in these ones all the screws and/or holes are clearly visible. So I'd say yes, this is clearly one of the props from 2001. You can even see signs of wear to the edges of the paint from all the handling over time. And since they had several to work with, it was no big deal to swap the connectors on one so they could actually plug into them.
Yes, something extra stuck on.
Yep, that's why Kubrick was against the filming of that series in the first place. Deep down, he knew that the U.K. studios had some left-over 2001 props in their dept. and, as we clearly see here, the slapped an orange paint on the black finish (see the aluminium edge and the sloppy orange finish), True, we're seeing many more details of that iconic prop, including the knobs and the handle. I hope there's more screen cap coming out soon! Great research and collaboration you guysYes, something extra stuck on.
But this is a great shot, presenting to the camera a fairly undistorted profile for measuring the knob cross-section; handle height & diameter; height of the back-end connectors and some screw/hole positions - all relative to the overall length.
In fact ironically we're getting a better look at this thing's outside from Space 1999 than from it's original appearance in 2001!
Birdie, is there a sharp view of the front for nailing the exact length of the handle relative to box height? I'm getting it at maybe 4.5 inches center to center, which is a nice round number, but a bugger to find in this metric world. (96mm seems standard, and may be close enough, but looks perhaps a bit short?)
Thanks for those pics BirdieLast one is just a bunch of orange rectangle on the original black casing. No doubt that those were left-over 2001 AE-35 units we can also see the position of the handle vis-à-vis the rear knobs and the size of the handle itself.
Really looking like a 4-inch handle:
Good idea to think of including the test-probe! (And that's a great site too - Death Star firing lever!)Additional dump of information to keep my source material in one place.
- Possible information source - Stanley Kubrick Archive at University of the Arts London Archives and Special Collections.https://archiveshub.jisc.ac.uk/search/archives/d650ae34-1958-3530-92f7-f68410cd0dc2
- Top down photos for debug test points - Schematic UI – 2001 A Space Odyssey
- Gyroscope dimensions - https://www.key.aero/sites/keyaero/files/comment_forum/2015/04/11/G4B-CL2 Gyro Unit Fig 3-031.jpg
- Test probe used in the film is a Tektronix P6006 - Tektronix In Movies and Shows
Good idea to think of including the test-probe! (And that's a great site too - Death Star firing lever!)
Happily I see Evilbay's full of Tektronix probes, but even 'vintage' ones don't seem to have the same corrugation/ribs on the handle:
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They're wider and flatter with sharper edges than the rounded ones in the film. Maybe you'll have to hunt down a very old one!
Balls.There are four or five correct ones on Evilbay right now - you're not looking hard enough!
Or the metal shop made these from straight rods and bent them to sizeBalls.
Failing a chunk of vintage electrical equipment to dismantle, I reckon whatever they found may well have had handles made by the century-old Hammond company: Chassis Handles (1427 Series) Still doing them in imperial sizes!
For the lettering, custom rub-downs are exorbitantly expensive, but has anyone tried this stuff: DecalProFX | Dry transfer decals in 8 min ? It looks very promising, for a lot of projects.
For anyone interested; there's a pic on the 2001 archive's on Flickr (under Getty Images) that shows in the second pic, right hand side, Stanley looking at a mock-up of the Discovery antenna unit model and at the back of the table, there is the AE-35 unit without its top and markings