Prop and Model Restoration

nick daring

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I recently saw a prop restoration that broke my heart and would love to see and hear of other "restorations" gone wrong, with bad taste or just didn't need to be done.


Here is the article that got me thinking about the subject.

It's a rocket from the 50's sci fi TV series "Space Patrol"
http://www.solarguard.com/t5restore1.htm

I Truley feel that it didn't need a restoration job. A couple cracks isn't enough in my book to to completely refinish the entire wooden rocket.

Even worse is using a final finish that wasn't on the the original. The putty layer completely removes the piece from it classic low budget origins. It's refinishing also forced the removal of the original markings with were in primo condition and should have been salvaged.

Nick
 

ob1al

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I agree - that's crazy.

If someone wanted a perfect finish, why not make a mold from the original and finish a reproduction casting instead?
 

moffeaton

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11 foot TOS Enterprise at the NASM in DC. Seen the "restored" paint job on THAT beloved prop?

(runs out of thread, sobbing uncontrollably)
 

WinstonWolf359

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:eek

Oh my God. I can't believe someone would take an original model and strip off every bit of paint like that. Yeah, that goes WAY beyond what could have been done. Crazy...
 

SurferGeek

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Originally posted by moffeaton@Apr 10 2006, 01:59 PM
11 foot TOS Enterprise at the NASM in DC. Seen the "restored" paint job on THAT beloved prop?

(runs out of thread, sobbing uncontrollably)
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What's sad is the person doing the restoration is considered to be a "master" prop man. Just goes to show that years of experience and many past sucessful projects and you can still f-up royally.


:cry
 

xeno

Sr Member
that is not restoring a model, the original model is now gone...for good... :cry

I just started a job as a model ship restorer in a museum, and let me tell you
being a modelmaker for over 13 years...this is a whole other ballgame.

the importand bit is to preserve what is there, and not destroy the model by getting rid
of the not so good looking stuff, like the old paint job...sjees

lets hope he was smart enough to document in detail what it used (and should)
look like.

Xeno
 

Lynn TXP 0369

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Looks better then it did and by the looks of it it came out pretty good.

I may get flamed for saying this, but it needed to be done by the looks of it.

Touching it up and trying fix only the bad spots would have made it worse then it was.

Sure it could have left as is, but If that is what the owner wanted and he didn't like the way it was that is his perogative.

Lynn
 

Lynn TXP 0369

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Originally posted by ob1al@Apr 10 2006, 03:52 PM
I agree - that's crazy.

If someone wanted a perfect finish, why not make a mold from the original and finish a reproduction casting instead?
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By the way that paint was coming off the back end of the ships fins molding it probably would have destroyed the finish even worse then it then was and it would have needed to be redone anyway.

The puttying may have been a little over board, I do agree on that, but other wise it came out pretty good.

Lynn
 

WinstonWolf359

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Well, I guess it comes down to what the owner wanted and asked to be done. I don't disagree it looks brand new and perfect, but indeed the original model is for all intents and purposes gone forever, with no possibility of ever returning it to it's prior appearance.

As for the 11ft. Enterprise... I think the color is still accurate but the weathering is nowhere near as subdued as what was originally on the model in the 60s.

But in other ways it *was* a good restoration. The Smithsonian did a lot of damage to the model early on because they chose to screw eyelets directly into the model to suspend it from the celing. That damage was repaired. The model was also missing the original nacelle domes and deflector dish, which were replaced with much more accurate copies. The panels to hide the wiring on the "dark side" of the model were also substantially inproved and cleaned up.

So really, if they wouldn't have gone crazy the weathering...it wouldn't look THAT bad... :)
 

WinstonWolf359

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Here's a couple I'd had on my HD.

First, how it looked in the 70s and 80s...





And after the 1991 "25th Anniversary" refit...





A common misconception was the 11 footer had NO weathering, which isn't correct. There just wasn't very much, and it didn't show up on screen very well because of the quality of spfx shots on TOS. You CAN see some, especially around the nacelles both on the NASM photos from the 70s as well as in clear screen caps of the E.

But the overboard, pronounced grid lines, especially on the underside of the saucer, are going quite a bit beyond what was originally present.
 

PHArchivist

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Did Mirecki (he's the one that did the 11' E, right?) go overboard on the weathering based on the principles of what the eye sees versus what the camera sees?

Is is 100% clear that the original paint job -- in person -- wasn't that weathered?
 

SurferGeek

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Of all the stage model pictures and screencaps and behind the scenes images I've seen published and posted... NONE of them had weathering to that degree. The saucer section is horrible. :( I will agree that it's good to see that restoration was done to repair the damage done by the Smithsonian but restoration means to return to an original, or as close to an original state. Not someone's interpretation.
 

Lynn TXP 0369

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Now THAT is a horrible restoration and wasn't done right and is a crime.

At leat the rocket from the 50's sci fi TV series "Space Patrol" was done better.
Lynn
 

Jedirick

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What was done to the rocket would be like stripping all the paint off the Mona Lisa canvas and repainting it.
 

moffeaton

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Right - the restoration and color matching to the Ent was great - it's the weathering and replaced/changed sight gag decals that I disagree with. Some were omitted, and some were changed. The grid lines as originally seen were pencil lines (wth the lines getting fatter as the pencil got duller.) on the saucer. As others have said, it was NEVER that dramatic - even taking into account the intense studio lighting.

I guess it's not a total crime since it could technically be undone - but what I think is far more damaging is the "precedent" it sets with how people refernce and view the Enterprise in a contemporary setting - there's probably a whole fleet of fans that think it WAS that strongly weathered. That's scary... it will invade artistic output, models, and how people paint their personal models. And no one but the SUPERNERDS care about the decals.

:angel

http://members.aol.com/IDICPage3/DoNotRead.html

(All joking aside, it DOES piss me off. History is history and should not be changed)
 

Propazoid

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Resortation work should only be done to a screen used prop when the item is severly damaged. Chipped paint & a loose wing is no need to destroy the integrity of the original prop. I am having a very special screen used prop restored in the next few weeks. This is a foam prop, that if left untouched would eventially destroy itself.

-Zoid
 

PHArchivist

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Originally posted by moffeaton@Apr 11 2006, 01:11 AM
Right - the restoration and color matching to the Ent was great - it's the weathering and replaced/changed sight gag decals that I disagree with. Some were omitted, and some were changed. The grid lines as originally seen were pencil lines (wth the lines getting fatter as the pencil got duller.) on the saucer. As others have said, it was NEVER that dramatic - even taking into account the intense studio lighting.

I guess it's not a total crime since it could technically be undone - but what I think is far more damaging is the "precedent" it sets with how people refernce and view the Enterprise in a contemporary setting - there's probably a whole fleet of fans that think it WAS that strongly weathered. That's scary... it will invade artistic output, models, and how people paint their personal models. And no one but the SUPERNERDS care about the decals.

:angel

http://members.aol.com/IDICPage3/DoNotRead.html

(All joking aside, it DOES piss me off. History is history and should not be changed)
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Very well stated...
 
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