John Carpenter's The Thing grenade help!

Tiki

Active Member
I'm trying to recreate the grenades (and hopefully the crate) from the opening scenes of the film, but can't get a good look at the text. I’ve been doing my best to pull text from freeze frames of the film, but there is never a complete view of the text on the grenade crate or the grenade itself.

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My initial guess is:
THRMOS BOMB

Does anyone out there have images of the actual props with the text visible? Thank you so much!
 

orosalsero

New Member
the Norwegian name for thermite is termitt, so that's not correct. In the movie, the base was American run by Americans so Thermite would be the appropriate name, unless you want a Norwegian version. Hope that helps.
 

orosalsero

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GrenadeKing

Sr Member
I looked at this for quite awhile and it really does seem to say "THRMOS" for some reason.

A word of warning with M18 replicas: be sure to get the right model. The ones in the film are the earlier vietnam era M18s. They're made like a food can, with a top and a bottom lid. The modern M18s only have a top lid and it's a different shape than the older ones.

Both of the ones that orosalsero posted seem to be the right shape.
 

orosalsero

New Member
I went through the movie and I made a screen capture of the picture shown, the wording on the grade is definitely Thermite.
 

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Tiki

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I went through the movie and I made a screen capture of the picture shown, the wording on the grade is definitely Thermite.
woah! Nice! What part of the film is this in? Curious if that one of the norwegian grenades or one from the American base?
 

Tiki

Active Member
If you have a 3D printer you can print your own grenade, check these sites


Thank you so much!
 

Tiki

Active Member
If you have a 3D printer you can print your own grenade, check these sites


These are perfect! Thank you !
 

orosalsero

New Member
woah! Nice! What part of the film is this in? Curious if that one of the norwegian grenades or one from the American base?
You can find it at time stamp 1:28:41 almost towards the end of the movie when they climb into the hole inside the cabin to destroy the craft the alien was constructing.
 

moviebuff5

Sr Member
That screen cap seems to lack the bomb wording from the helicopter, so there seem to be two versions for the two locations.
One that simply says THERMITE, and the THRMOS BOMB.
For giggles, I wonder what wording they used in the prequel? Didn't they have access to production info from the original?
 

orosalsero

New Member
It could be they did some video editing on the movie depending in what country it was released in, I know they do it for American made movies released in China.
 

orosalsero

New Member
After looking at the helicopter footage, I'm convinced it's just a made-up prop for the movie, I searcherd for all military granade and canister markings and the one in the movie do not exist anywhere in any language, also real explosives are usally stored in a heavy cardboard container then in a box, not so in the movie. also no grenade or canister has the word "bomb" stenciled on it. I wish I could ask John Carpenter the director of the movie about it.
 

moviebuff5

Sr Member
The weird spelling has me wondering if it was an inside joke. Maybe someone requested a Thermos Bomb instead of a Thermal Bomb at one point, and the crew ran with it and this is the remnant of that. To avoid liscensing issues or potential legal action from Thermos the spelling would have had to be changed, hence Thrmos Bomb.
 

asavage

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Given that it's a repainted piece of military hardware, back then that lettering would likely have been rub on transfer. Sometimes it was custom, but WAY more often it came on sheets. many folks here know this old tech, but it's worth repeating for those who don't.
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There were always multiples of the popular letters, less of others. Running out of letters was a hazard. Having used these on many props early in my building life, I had this problem many times. I can EASILY imagine a circumstance in which some PA was given this low-skill entry level job and they ran out of some of the letters they needed. And them ending up abbreviating here and there for efficiency's sake. In the melee of a film set that kind of thing happens and slips through the cracks all the time. That would handily explain the correct spelling on one grenade but not the other.
 

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