Gizmo from the My science project movie

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  1. prop fan

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    Has anyone ever tried to make this or have any pics for refference to try to make it. Is it even availabe on DVD ????
     
  2. Nexus6

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    <div class='quotetop'>(prop fan @ Jun 17 2006, 09:05 PM) [snapback]1263316[/snapback]</div>
    It is available on DVD. I bought it from Best Buy for $9. (guilty pleasure)

    I've often wondered if anyone had given this prop a go. Those plasma globes are pretty inexpensive anymore...
     
  3. Mike J.

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    Ah, I love that thing.


    -Mike
     
  4. DarthBish

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    ahhhhhhh.............a truly GREAT movie..
    everything that was both wrong and RIGHT with 80's films of that kind..

    LOVE IT.......


    I've only ever seen it on Video
     
  5. Apollo

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    I just got my copy on dvd from Amazon.com so it is available.

    Loved the Gizmo..
     
  6. prop fan

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    I wonder if the studio has it sitting on a shelf in there archives some where or plans used to build it, if there were any ???? :( I would like to try to make it but I know there are a lot more talented people here than me :cry
     
  7. Apollo

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    Ron Cobb designed it and I forgot who actually built it.

    Never the less it would make a cool Prop to have.
     
  8. prop fan

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    Thanks for the info on who designed it. At least that is a start to track down some plans, leads or something.
     
  9. prop fan

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    Bump for the late night crew
     
  10. PlanoJedi

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    Charles, you've been trying to build that thing for as long as I've known ya. No luck yet? We won't even talk about the Proton packs. :lol

    PJ
     
  11. prop fan

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    it is all part of my master plan to take over the world :lol I dont know why I cant seem to get motivated to build the proton packs, it has been years now and I have everything to build 3 of them...I have full sets of the upper and lower shell's, all the add on parts that I sale, the alice frames, the proton guns, traps, goggles, I mean I have all the bells and whistles...all I have to do is basisly mount everything to the alice frame...same thing for my full size R2D2 kit that I have had for 4 years with all the machined parts......Hmmmmmmmmm :confused
     
  12. prop fan

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    does anyone mind if I keep this bumped a little longer....I would like to see if someting can come of this thread and maybe someone will see the post have some usefull info to add. Since we now know who made the prop now, maybe someone can find this person or may even know him and be able to ask questions or find plans to make it, just something to get a little more insight on the Gizmo.
     
  13. Krel

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    Isn't this a Touchstone movie? If so, then the Mouse has it squirreled away somewhere, that is if it didn't walk away like "The Black Hole" lasers. :lol

    David.
     
  14. Cenobyte

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    I have no idea what you are talking about. Does anyone have an image of it?
     
  15. Montagar

    Montagar Legendary Member Community Staff

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Cenobyte @ Jun 22 2006, 03:15 PM) [snapback]1266082[/snapback]</div>
    Here is the movie poster:
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  16. Probe Droid

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    This came up a bunch of years ago, and, indeed, someone had one.

    Real fun flick. Love the car.
     
  17. Apollo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(prop fan @ Jun 22 2006, 10:00 AM) [snapback]1265828[/snapback]</div>
    Ron Cobb has designed many many things for films and is very well-known.

    "Alien" and "Conan The Barbarian" are two films off the top of my head.
     
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  18. Mike J.

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  19. Apollo

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    Larry Albright did the Tesla Globe Effects for the Movie and Apogee is credited for "Special Props" so who knows?

    I would love to see a run of the Gizmo.

    It is one of my "Grails"
     
  20. SWFreak

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    I would love to see one of these built as well.

    Someone needs to post some screencaps, maybe we can figure it out.
     
  21. Cirielle

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    I love that movie...I actually saw it again about a month ago..It was on TV - I am really shocked anyone else knew about...

    I thought I was the only on. :eek
     
  22. prop fan

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    I just ordered the movie today off Amazon so I will see how hard or easy it would be to make one,,,Man I wish someone with more talent would take this project on.
     
  23. Apollo

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    Well Basically it is a Tesla Globe with the two end pieces that have the Alien Glyph's on it.

    When you pull out two arms or levers and push them back in a Panel rotates and the glyphy's and Globe light up and Power up.

    Somebody on this Board could do it, I have no doubt about that.
     
  24. prop fan

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    is there not any info floating out there about this prop ????
     
  25. Apollo

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    Sadly no it seems. :(

    This Prop is brought up every now and then on this board and the Thread disapears fast.

    Just saw you "join" date so I guess I am not telling you anything new.
     
  26. Paradox

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    Ok, who's got screenshots?

    -G
     
  27. prop fan

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    yup...this september I will have been a member here for 8 years....I surly would have thought that someone would have some kind of info on this. Hmmmmmmm
     
  28. Apollo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(prop fan @ Jul 1 2006, 07:37 PM) [snapback]1272286[/snapback]</div>
    Well, you know what the tragic thing is, A Member here probably has the Screen-Used one and won't post because of how he obtained it.
     
  29. Nexus6

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Paradox @ Jun 30 2006, 02:58 PM) [snapback]1271642[/snapback]</div>
    I can post some screenshots, but it won't be until Wednesday (I won't have access to the PC with the necessary software until then). So if no one else steps up before then, I'll get on it.
     
  30. prop fan

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    Thanks Nexus 6 we look forward to seeing them.
     
  31. Nexus6

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    (Might wanna amend the thread title to warn as image intensive. :D)

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    Cover this car in shaving cream & flour until you've found those plans! And bring me the passengers, I want them alive!!!
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    That's about every decent shot I could find of the Gizmo.

    P.S. I can just see the thread now: "The M.S.P. Buckets" :lol
     
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  32. Apollo

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    Great Caps Bro. :)

    That Prop never got its due imo. :(

    It was brilliantly designed and executed.
     
  33. CessnaDriver

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    Man, why dont they make dumb * fun flicks like this anymore?
    The Wraith, Real Genius, Repo Man, etc.

    I feel old.
     
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  34. withoutmythologies

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    I really liked the movie too and think the gizmo will make a great prop. Just wanted to say good luck.
     
  35. Paradox

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    Nexus, I really appreciate the pics. However, this page has been loading for a hell of a long time now... and I'm at the corporate headquarters for a very large retailer where multiple OC3s are headended (I won't say where, but the trademark logo looks like a bullseye).

    Possible for a "thumbnail-click-to-enlarge" update? :D

    -G
     
  36. Nexus6

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Paradox @ Jul 6 2006, 04:25 PM) [snapback]1275393[/snapback]</div>
    Hmmm, well imageshack seems to be having a problem at the moment, cuz they aren't loading for me at all right now. Each picture is approximately 50 KB in size, so the whole shooting match is less than 2 MB.

    If they don't come back a bit, I'll re-up them using the thumbnail option.
     
  37. Paradox

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    All is good now. Must have been an Imageshack issue.

    Thanks again.

    -G
     
  38. prop fan

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    Crap...well I see it will have to be left to someone else to build it as it looks way to hard for me. I wouldnt even know where to start...Great pics though, thanks for posting them.
     
  39. Paradox

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    Well, let's start with the obvious:

    - Plasma Ball in center, 8" or 10" (not sure)

    Next. :lol

    -G
     
  40. Reaper57

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Paradox @ Jul 10 2006, 03:48 PM) [snapback]1278090[/snapback]</div>

    yup but that aint no normal plasma ball. i have had 4 over the last 15 yrs.

    looks very high voltage and the inner electrode / electrodes look weird compared to all i have seen.

    maybe one of the early high priced rare gas types.

    john :cool
     
  41. Krel

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    I remember reading in a magazine, when the movie first came out that the whole thing was custom made. I think the article even told who made it, but I can't remember what magazine it was in, probably Starlog.

    David.
     
  42. prop fan

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    I agree with Reaper...that plasma globe isnt any of the weak crap that is available in todays market...they may have been made that way back in the mid 80's but not in 2006.... also the brass parts look like photo etched brass which I cant do. I think that this prop may have found a dead end....I sure would like to see some one be able to make it :D then out of the kindness of there own heart add it to my collection :angel
     
  43. wizardofflight

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    I had the plasma globe that I purchaces in the late 80's it had a really strong plasma arc I it boxed up and save well at least I thought it was safe. I was planning on building this project, but my wife end up donating it to the Goodwill during one of our moves. I was very annoyed to say the least. I have been looking for a replacement ever since with no luck what so ever.

    Hopefully some one will have better luck.

    Alan
     
  44. prop fan

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    yea...I wish I could find an older plasma globe myself...I have thought of getting one several times but the one's that are made today bearly even light up
     
  45. Megatron

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    Could there be two plasma gens in that globe?
     
  46. Mike J.

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  47. GKvfx

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    Sci-Fi movie from the 80's? With neon, plasma, or some other similar tube? Chances are a guy named Larry Albright had a hand in it. This guy is out here in LA (Venice) and specializes in all sorts of complicated neon, flourescent, and plasma lighting. He does (or use to) make a lot of the neon that went into movie miniatures. His shop was a really neat place to visit as a PA having to pick stuff up.

    Here's the link to his page:

    http://www.plasma-art.com/

    GK
     
  48. Apollo

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    <div class='quotetop'>(GKvfx @ Jul 21 2006, 09:05 PM) [snapback]1285445[/snapback]</div>

    As I noted in Post #19 Larry did indeed work on the film.

    Get with the program GK. :p

    Thanks for posting his link.

    You know that would be the ultimate having one of these made by him.. :)
     
  49. prop fan

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    well at least we are finding a source for bigger and better globes...it is a good start for the Gizmo,,,Thanks for posting the links everyone......now all we need are some type of plans to build the Gizmo
     
  50. prop fan

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    Keep this Thread Alive !!!!!!!!! I want to take over the world :love
     

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