My alternative Temple of Doom display

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  1. Knightjar

    Knightjar Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I wanted to do something a bit different for The UK Prop Party at the NEC. So I pushed ahead with a project I've had in mind for some time. We keep a a large collection of invertebrates, including several species that were used in the secret passage scene in ToD. My plan was to create a display showcasing those insects, as well as the statue that hides the hidden entrance.

    I carved stone panels to go inside a glass vivarium from insulation foam, including one with the wedge-shaped hole that accesses the key to the 'spikes' room. I coated them with PVA and painted them with acrylics.

    I sculpted the statue in WED clay on a curved plywood structure, made a silicone mould and cast it in fibreglass. It was pretty tight - I finished the paint job about two hours before I had to pack it into the car to leave for the show! There are more details and pictures here if you're interested: Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Statue Replica

    Here's the clay sculpt:
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    This is the remains of the sculpt, the cast fibreglass piece and the silicone mould:
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    Here's the finished piece on display at the Prop Party:
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    Dr Jones on hand to try out the statue...
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    A look inside the insect display. In real life, insects need to eat, so I had to hide a lot of my stone-work behind leaves for them.
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    The real stars. Incidentally, despite the sequence being set in India, these guys are from actually Australia, New Guinea and Madagascar.
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  2. Onkelpsycho

    Onkelpsycho Sr Member

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    Awesome... Thats exactly the stuff I want to see. Stuff that no-one has tried before...

    Great job... :thumbsup
     
  3. jun

    jun Active Member

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    Very nice! and the insects..very screen accurate! :)
     
  4. thegreatgalling

    thegreatgalling Sr Member

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    Oh man, that statue is PERFECT. What a neat idea man, really great. As OP said, it's always fun to see something that hasn't been done before.
     
  5. division 6

    division 6 Master Member

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    Nicely done and very original.
     
  6. Awesomeness

    Awesomeness Active Member

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    Those are some crazy looking bugs!

    The statue is great!
     
  7. Dutchman

    Dutchman Well-Known Member

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    Very nice indeed. The sculpture look great, well done!!
     
  8. Mr Webber

    Mr Webber Sr Member

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    Some all round greatness there, congratulations.:cool
     
  9. Knightjar

    Knightjar Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys!
     
  10. mrsmartypants

    mrsmartypants Well-Known Member

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    Very nice!

    JY thead coming soon? ;-)
     
  11. Adam C.

    Adam C. Well-Known Member

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    Awesome! After seeing your pictures, I suggested to my wife that maybe we should try to incorporate a statue like yours as a possible ''secret entrance'' to our future home theater! She said no. (I really liked it though!) :):thumbsup
     
  12. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Now that is something different and awesome. Kudos sir, to you and your bugs.
     
  13. Knightjar

    Knightjar Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks, but I don't know if there'd be much interest? It's a large and fairly obscure item. Probably wouldn't be cheap either as the fibreglassing takes a long time. I'll give it some thought though.
     
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  14. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Brilliant orginal idea flawlessly executed!

    Well done!!! :thumbsup
     
  15. ShrunkenLamb

    ShrunkenLamb New Member

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    Fantastic, would love one for my home, but I know my wife would never go for it.
     
  16. Interceptor6

    Interceptor6 Sr Member

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    Too cool! Your sculpt is exquisite!!
     

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