My newest Blade Runner found-item prop

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Fetthunter, Jan 30, 2006.

  1. Fetthunter

    Fetthunter Sr Member

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    Today I added the newest addition to my Blade Runner prop collection. It's a found item, which makes it even better. :D

    Spurred-on by Gabe's thread, I started my search for a "duck" Opium weight, much like his. I could find them all day long on eBay and in antique shops, but none came close to the screen-used "duck" Opium weight.

    I threw myself into the world of Opium weights and Far-East antiques, and spent all of my "free time" for about 2 weeks learning about the weights, where they were made, when they were made, how they were certified by the government, etc.

    I then learned something very important. Though the screen-used weight resembles a "duck" Opium weight (which do exist), the weight that was used is really not a "duck" at all. :confused

    It's a mythical animal called a "Hintha bird". It's used in religion and culture in the area where the weights are made, and consequently, was eventually made into a weight (along with elephants, ducks, horses, etc.).

    Armed with the knowledge of knowing what the animal really is, I went searching. I was able to locate one in the UK, and this morning I bought it... :cheers


    Here's a pic of the weight a I bought, followed by a side-by-side comparison to the BR weight:

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    Whatcha think? Close enough? :D

    Many thanks to Gabe for finding out that it was an "Opium weight" to begin with and starting me on my search. :thumbsup



    J
     
  2. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    WOW. Congrats.

    That looks SPOT on.

    *envy* :angry :D
     
  3. Prop Runner

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    COPYCAT. :lol

    I'm flattered by the tribute, but in all fairness it was Killdozer who discovered what the item was when he posted this photo:

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    in this thread:

    http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=98013

    :)

    And I see you've gone all serafino on us with the side-by-side comparison... :lol

    Seriously, nice score, and welcome to the Blade Runner Duck Pit Club :thumbsup :cheers :D

    - Gabe
     
  4. Fetthunter

    Fetthunter Sr Member

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    Thanks. A •lot• of research and hunting went into finding that little sucker. l :D
     
  5. Fetthunter

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    Heh. Is that anything like "Fight Club"? 1st rule of Duck Pit Club: You must own a "duck". 2nd rule of Duck Pit Club: don't talk about Duck Pit Club. :lol

    Thanks, and I'll take more pics when it arrives. Great, now I'm nervous about it shipping over here from "across the pond". :confused
     
  6. Prop Runner

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    No, that would simply be "Duck Club." Or should I say: "Welcome to the Opium Duck Den." :lol Actually, when I posted I was thinking of "The Snake Pit" club in Bwade Wunnah:

    "Ladies and Gentlemen. Taffey Lewis presents Miss Salome and the duck. Watch her take the pleasure from the fowl that once corrupted man."

    :lol

    - Gabe
     
  7. Fetthunter

    Fetthunter Sr Member

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    That's not EVEN right. :p
     
  8. Fetthunter

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    I found a lot of information in this article from 1982, including nice hintha weight pictures and reference photos.
     

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