Non-canon Firefly / Serenity Props

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Mike J., Jun 3, 2006.

  1. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Been on a bit of a Firefly kick lately...

    - Cortex logon

    - Ship's papers

    - Movie currency

    - Decals & stickers

    - Series currency

    - Eyechart

    Ever since Whitefall's work showed up, I've been itchin' for more stuff...

    I'm in the middle of some non-canon border moons / planets banknotes. My reasoning: Since we see coins, Alliance bills, and mystery bills; and we hear about Platinum; it is logical to assume that the coins are platinum. I'm guessing the Alliance currency is fiat money: 'This has value because we say so.' Cheaper to issue than money based on a commodity reserve (like gold in your treasury). Nobody can 'call in the debt' and take your commodity. Also, no one can use your money outside of where you say so — it would be worthless (unlike a commodity or precious metal).

    I'm guessing that because Alliance presence (and hence, power) are weak along the fringes of the system, local governments might prefer a more 'real' monetary standard, hence platinum coins. Now, a banknote of any value would always have less mass and volume than a large coin, so banknotes would be better suited to concealment and transport ... Like being a smuggler.

    Therefore, I propose that the TV series banknotes are local, border-world issues, backed by platinum coin. Also, notes can be exchanged at issuing banks for platinum coin.

    So, like I said, I'm trying to make some border money in Photoshop. Started from a real asian banknote, too, just like the movie & series money. I figure I'm about 2/3 done with the front. And there's only a few months until the TV series visual companions come out, and we see what they used on screen (I hope). And because it's fictional, it can't be inaccurate.

    Another idea that occurred to me is a train ticket from The Train Job.

    'Course, there are all kinds of posters & maps in Mal's cabin, too...


    -Mike
     
  2. RedTwoX

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    I keep looking at Civil War era replica pistols, especially the top-break designs. I think they would make a great base for a Firefly-esque gun. Glue on some greeblies and you'd have something similar to Jayne's modified Le Matt. I've got too many other projects going right now, but once some of these wrap up I'll be taking a crack at it.

    I still want to modify a functioning PDA to mimic the Cortex device from the Two-hour pilot. The utilities for building the GUI were not as easy to use as I had originally hoped, and it's going to a LOT more time and effort than I can put into it right now. However, I have not abandoned the project... not by a long shot.

    There are quite a few different style of ships in the TV series (and even more in the movie), and that opens a lot of room for scratch built and kit-bashed 'Verse models.
     
  3. Kaylee

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    Brody -- great take on the money situation. Makes perfect sense.. I'd be interested in seeing what you come up with... :)

    Hrmm.. I've not messed with my stuff in a while, but here's some of what I did come up with:

    An Independent NCO belt (made from a Texas buckle replica from the US Civil War Era)
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    Cleaned up a PAL 5+ model, since I could actually find one. Still needs a speaker grill and (eventually I hope) an FRS radio inside. The one I got had a one-piece circuit board that wouldn't fit, so I'll have to find something else one of these days.
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    A sheet of "Kaylee" happy silly stickers. :)
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    A rimworld coin bag
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    And one of these days I'd love a Mal-style carbine:
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    Full-res files for the stickers, PAL label or bank label are free for the asking if you want 'em -- I'll just need to find the CD they're on. Just PM me if you want 'em. :)
     
  4. Mike J.

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    RedTwoX, did you consider making it an animated GIF? With the regular screen being the base, and the 'Unable to Connect' screen being the mouse-over or clicked one?

    And I do like the movie & TV background ships. Especially the container ship from the opening of the movie. That's a nice design, deserved more screen-time. Only thing I've been able to find online is one guy's website; he did the train from Train Job. Some nice pics: http://www.leestringer.com/press.html and http://www.leestringer.com/gallery.html

    Kaylee, nice job on the belt buckle and coin bag. I must have missed that the first time around. We all need piles of coins and cash and wallets and guns and and :lol

    Here's a poster in Mal's cabin (movie):

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    My bill preview:

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    -Mike
     
  5. RedTwoX

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 4 2006, 10:38 AM) [snapback]1255970[/snapback]</div>
    What I want to do is a functional PDA interface, such as a GUI over Windows CE. That way you have your PDA with Address Book, Calendar, possibly email and mobile version of the Microsoft Office suites... but the screen looks like the Firefly cortex device. It's going to take a lot more than animated gif to pull that off ;)

    I have some buddies who are prgrammers. They don't speficially work with GUI's, but they were familiar enough with the subject to point me in the right direction. There are actually a few open source utilities available to aid in this kind of work. There's just a learning curve that I haven't had time for yet.

    I'm probably being too ambitious, but I'd really like to take a crack at it (it would a nice project to add to my professional resume as well as beeing a cool idealized prop). I could probably cobble together an interactive mockup that would just mimic the on-screen functionality (or rather, lack there of :lol ) in Director or Flash. I may go ahead and do that once I get some projects currently on my work bench finished. I've changed computers since the last time I did any really multi-media work... I think I need to reinstall Director and 3D Studio Max.
     
  6. dr_slurpee

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    Those train pics are cool...anyone notice all the cars have different names on the side? Also did anyone notice the name on the side of the engine? "Bukakke Express"?.? :confused
     
  7. Mike J.

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    That's what I was afraid it said...

    There's some plausible deniability, though, given the 'weathering' and the resolution...

    I prefer "Buckeye" Express.

    I did email the guy a few days ago (OK, the 30th), hoping to get a pic of the train for my money — as yet, no response.


    -Mike
     
  8. SPDOmegaRanger

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    im hoping to in the future to make a firefly fan film based straight after serenity the movie, im lookin at old western toy guns to see if i can pull of the effect of what they have on show
     
  9. Reel Fakes

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    <div class='quotetop'>(dr_slurpee @ Jun 4 2006, 12:14 PM) [snapback]1256012[/snapback]</div>
    GROSS.
     
  10. Great_Bizarro

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    <div class='quotetop'>(jedipunk @ Jun 4 2006, 01:52 PM) [snapback]1256066[/snapback]</div>
    GROSS.
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    Isn't that spelled Bukkake, the gross one that is? :eek:
     
  11. kurtyboy

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    *. Those crazy Japanese :angel

    <div class='quotetop'>(dr_slurpee @ Jun 4 2006, 05:14 PM) [snapback]1256012[/snapback]</div>
     
  12. dr_slurpee

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Great_Bizarro @ Jun 4 2006, 04:09 PM) [snapback]1256112[/snapback]</div>
    GROSS.
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    Isn't that spelled Bukkake, the gross one that is? :eek:
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    Indeed it is (both the spelling and the gross part)...I actually mispelled it on my post. My question is, what was he thinking putting that there?
     
  13. Mike J.

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    Well... It's kinda phallic looking...

    Why don't you ask him :lol


    -Mike
     
  14. RedTwoX

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    This got derailed quickly :rolleyes

    okay, bad joke... I'm sorry :confused

    I watched "Heart of Gold" again this week end. In the early "Dining room" scene with Inara and Mal, when Mal is cleaning his guns, you can clearly see a top break pistol like I mentioned in my first post.

    I've been looking, and I think the one I like best is the M1869 Smith and Wesson

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    I think it has the proper size and look to make a very nice 'Verse sidearm in the theme of Jayne's modified Le Matt. It just needs some appropriate greeblies bolted to it... maybe bob the hammer or hide it in some kind of shell around the gun. That would kind of split the difference been Mal's pistol and Jayne's.

    Hmmmm... perhaps I need to rearrange priorities on the work bench next this coming week end :love Or just get off my butt and get some things aready there finished.
     
  15. Sidewinder

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    I think this is kinda Fireflyish:
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    A bit Star Warsy too :)

    SAS
     
  16. Mike J.

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    Zee front, she is done:

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    Still working out the back.


    -Mike
     
  17. Great_Bizarro

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    Sith, you ever get out? * you been churning out some nice artwork as of late.
     
  18. Mike J.

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    Well, it's do that, or argue about the spelling of 'bukake'. :lol


    -Mike
     
  19. dr_slurpee

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 5 2006, 09:32 PM) [snapback]1256943[/snapback]</div>
    Fortunately in this thread you can do both at the same time. ;)
     
  20. Mike J.

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    A rare treat. :rolleyes


    -Mike
     
  21. Walter

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    Nice boarders on that bill, where did you get it? Or did you make it????

    -Bryan
     
  22. Great_Bizarro

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 5 2006, 08:32 PM) [snapback]1256943[/snapback]</div>

    I had to go look it up and thought others might need the correct spelling to do so. I thought they misspelled BullCACA. Sorry I did after reading the definition :lol

    Has anyone done Books ID card from when he got shot?
     
  23. Mike J.

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    That bill I posted is mostly a scan from a Chinese banknote I own. Actually a souveneir from my grandfather's days in China with the former Flying Tigers during WWII.

    http://aes.iupui.edu/rwise/banknotes/china/chi153_f.jpg

    One Yuan, 1935, Bank of Communications.

    As for Book's ID card, we don't really have a good shot of it. See the thread here:

    http://www.rpf.invisionzone.com/index.php?showtopic=111049

    I thought it might be a Chinese banknote, but I haven't found a match. Until be get a better pic or find the origin, it's going to be a lot of work...


    -Mike
     
  24. Kaylee

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    Cool.
    I like that Chinese note -- it really looks the part.

    For what it's worth, the 5 ngultrum partner to the 1ngultrum used for the movie note is also a cool starting place.. I just never did anything with it -

    [​IMG]
     
  25. Mike J.

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    Yeah, China had a bunch of private banks from 1900-193X; some nice notes in there. Check Ron Wise's site:

    http://aes.iupui.edu/rwise/countries/china.html

    The more I look at that 5, the better it looks.

    Anyway, here's a sneak peek — almost done:

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    -Mike
     
  26. Great_Bizarro

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    Mudder Money

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    Here is my contribution to the monitary script. :confused
     
  27. RedTwoX

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Great_Bizarro @ Jun 7 2006, 01:58 PM) [snapback]1257914[/snapback]</div>
    :lol BWHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa :lol

    Who are you kiddin'. Everyone knows Mudders are broke :lol
     
  28. dr_slurpee

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Great_Bizarro @ Jun 7 2006, 02:58 PM) [snapback]1257914[/snapback]</div>
    That is hilarious...and I mean that in a good way. :)
     
  29. dr_slurpee

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    Here's a non-canon prop I made, a Blue Sun Cola bottle using the can labels that were on Propstore London as well as the bottle from the movie as reference. I had to re-draw the blue sun logo cause I only had the series version. :p All the chinese I just used babelfish to translate...close enough for me. There wasn't a decent translation for "cola" so I used the translation for "coca-cola" instead.
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    I also did a beer version. I thought it might fit in better with the large bottle but since I don't drink, the cola was my first choice. ;) I used the same "bar" code cause I was too lazy to make a new one.
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    I can share the graphics so you guys can make your own bottles if someone can host the files for me.
     
  30. blubeetle3

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    <div class='quotetop'>(dr_slurpee @ Jun 12 2006, 01:15 PM) [snapback]1260635[/snapback]</div>
    Sweet work, Doc. Hopefully, someone hosts it 'cuz I'd sure like the file.
     
  31. Great_Bizarro

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    What are the blue bottles from? I brew beer the beer and a bunch of blue bottles would be great.
    I'll take a case and pay ya in Canton $10.00 bills :D
     
  32. dr_slurpee

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    Alas I only have the one blue bottle...it was one my parents had laying around in their basement for probably a decade now...I imagine they kept it cause it is such a nice blue bottle.
     
  33. dr_slurpee

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  34. Nexus6

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    That's really cool. What kind of paper did you print it on, & what kind of adhesive was used to stick it to the bottle? Or was it printed on some kind of sticker stock?

    :thumbsup :thumbsup
     
  35. dr_slurpee

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    The ones in the photos were just printed on paper, I wanted to make sure they were the right size and everything. I put them on with double sided tape to make them easy to remove (destroys the label in the process though, lol). Some kind of adhesive paper is probably what I will use in the end though...or just spray adhesive.

    Glad you guys like them. :)
     
  36. blubeetle3

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    SCHWEET. Thanks, doc.
     
  37. Mike J.

    Mike J. Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice job :D I'd hate to have to redraw that Blue Sun logo.

    For those of you looking for blue bottles, check your local liquor stores for microbrews & specialty beers — I have a blue bottle from Apollo Lager; very minimalist. http://www.stefaniemarlis.com/appollo_beer_label.html

    Course, I imagine paint thinner or mineral spirits would take off just about any labels or printing...


    -Mike
     
  38. Great_Bizarro

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    You need to change the contents of the cola to include the drug the Alliance was feeding people that caused the reavers.

    Sith, I gotta try one of those beers they are made by Big Bang Brewery, California, USA , Planet Earth, The Milky Way;)
     
  39. Darkknight0667

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 13 2006, 12:55 PM) [snapback]1261091[/snapback]</div>

    Labels like this are usually applied using a water based adhesive, so simply soaking them in water will loosen the glue and eventually the label will slide off by itself.
     
  40. Nexus6

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Great_Bizarro @ Jun 13 2006, 01:52 PM) [snapback]1261122[/snapback]</div>
    "G-23 Paxilon Hydroclorate".

    That might be good for a joke, but since its use seems to have been covert (e.g., adding it to the air processors on Miranda), it wouldn't really be "realistic" to add it to an ingredient list. ;)
     
  41. Darkknight0667

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    And, since it had disasterous results on Miranda, it's unlikely they'd have added it to foodstuffs that would be widely distributed.
     
  42. Mike J.

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  43. Darth Brass

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    Ooooh, sweet.
     
  44. Great_Bizarro

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    [​IMG]

    Dr_Slurpee was nice enough to share some artwork for the bottles. I happend to have this one I had emptied a while back of some good wine and though I would recycle it. Have a beer bottle coming soon too.

    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 14 2006, 02:42 PM) [snapback]1261665[/snapback]</div>
    Nice ticket thanks for sharing, what size you printing this as 4.25x11?
     
  45. Mike J.

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    That's correct; of course, you can print it any size you want.


    -Mike
     
  46. dr_slurpee

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    <div class='quotetop'>(Sith Sheriff Brody @ Jun 14 2006, 03:42 PM) [snapback]1261665[/snapback]</div>
    Pish...sooo inaccurate...the train clearly says Bukkake Express on the side. Just kidding of course. In the show was there any comment as to the name of the train? Also for the ticket you could possibly add the car name. They can be seen in the photos of that guys work, and if you know what car they would have been on then you could figure out the correct car name.

    I like the ticket for sure. :)
     
  47. Mike J.

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    The script just has the sheriff saying "Car 3, row 12" — I don't know what order the cars were in though, so I didn't put a name.


    -Mike
     
  48. dr_slurpee

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    That's good enough for me. Again, nice job.

    Everyone has posted some really cool stuff. This is quite the thread. :)
     
  49. Great_Bizarro

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    The tickets look better to me printed out at 2"x5", just my opinion.
     
  50. Great_Bizarro

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    [​IMG]
    Sumpin fer Jayne to keep his prize posessions in.
    On a Firefly building binge this month.
     

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