Space Cowboys - THE Prop.

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  1. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    If you don't think that this merits to go down as one of the most classical modern movies ever made, stop reading :lol

    If you do, and like me, you love the brilliant combination of Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland and James Garner acting out the characters of 4 'old' farts who go to space, then this is for you :lol

    No Space Helmet props here though.


    Even better :lol



    THE most memorable prop in this movie is, without a shadow of doubt, the 1950's Dashboard Hula Dancing Girl.


    It is seen in various parts of the movie, and is owned by Tank Sullivan (James Garner).


    I found VERY few screencaps of this movie, so please excuse the lousy ones that follow.


    We first see the Dancing Hula Girl at the very beginning, on the console of the bomber, while Tank is monitoring Hawk's (Tommy Lee Jones) test flight.


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    Then, when Frank Corvin (Eastwood) goes to 'recruit' Tank Sullivan for the space mission, it is seen under 'Reverend Tank's' pulpit, to let the audience know who the reverend is after some 45 years have gone by.


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    We then see it again on the Console of the Space Shuttle, throughout the re-entry part.


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    I have been wanting a replica of this literally for YEARS :lol, but I have never come across anything adequate.


    All that exist are 'modern' ones. Some are close, but they all have the wrong pose ... and since fashion in feminine taste has evolved, they are all a bit on the skinny side :lol, the Leis (flower collars) are all part of the cast, etc etc etc.


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    Then one fine day, recently, THIS came along ! These are the original images of the item, and the state it was in.


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    LOTS was 'wrong' with it. Wrong skirt, wrong Lei, wrong base, wrong direction the eyes are looking at. It is an original vintage Dancing Hula Girl from the 1950's.

    And without a doubt, THAT was THE model used,


    Restoration and modifications were needed though.


    First, the parts where the casting came together had to be trimmed, as well as all the original paint stripped.


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    Gave her some modesty, as well as a session at the hairdresser :lol. Also made her eyes look in the right direction.



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    Much better.


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    Next, a new skirt.


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    Removed the base.


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    And made a new one.


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    Finally, a brand new Lei, made out of paper flowers.


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    And here she is, all put together :)


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    And finally, put on display next to the other 'tropical' themed items :)


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  2. Larry Young

    Larry Young Master Member

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    That makes me cry, that is so awesome. Top marks!
     
  3. Leon Kowalski

    Leon Kowalski New Member

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    Good research, scrounging and execution! big thumbs up!
     
  4. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thank you fellows :)

    Been looking at her with 'fresh' eyes, and I think I'll eventually remove one or two flowers from the Lei to shorten it a little to make it more accurate.

    But not today :lol
     
  5. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I....ABSOLUTELY....LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    Great job!
     
  6. TylerHam

    TylerHam Well-Known Member

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    Ha! i didnt know what direction this was going when you called SPACE COWBOYS a classic ;) But I love the outcome - What a fun "lighthearted" project :) GREAT work!
     
  7. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Wow. What a fantastic job.

    And you're right that movie is full of awesomeness.

    Castings???
     
  8. Larry Young

    Larry Young Master Member

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    That was my first thought, too.
     
  9. Droidboy

    Droidboy Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'd love a casting too!
     
  10. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    cast·ing/ˈkastiNG/
    Noun:
    An object made by pouring molten metal or other material into a mold.

    Yes, it is also a noun :lol

    Casting - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Casting is a manufacturing process by which a liquid material is usually poured into a mold, which contains a hollow cavity of the desired shape, and then allowed to solidify. The solidified part is also known as a casting, which is ejected or broken out of the mold to complete the process. Casting materials are usually metals or various cold setting materials that cure after mixing two or more components together; examples are epoxy, concrete, plaster and clay. Casting is most often used for making complex shapes that would be otherwise difficult or uneconomical to make by other methods.[1]

    Casting is a 6000 year old process.[2] The oldest surviving casting is a copper frog from 3200 BC.[2]



    :rolleyes , *shakes head* , *slaps forehead*, and then, :lol
     
  11. Rylo

    Rylo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Great job!

    -Rylo
     
  12. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks Rylo !

    I shortened the Lei by a couple of flowers and posted the pics in my collection thread so as not to repeat the same photos again here.
     
  13. PHArchivist

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    Love it!

    Keep asking my wife if she wants to go back and watch the film, and she keeps passing on it...
     
  14. PoopaPapaPalps

    PoopaPapaPalps Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I don't know whats more impressive, your prop or your copy of Quigley.
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  15. bigcow

    bigcow Well-Known Member

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    Nice, great job!:cool
     
  16. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks guys :)


    :darnkids :darnkids :darnkids


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  17. AParrette

    AParrette New Member

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    lol that is a big difference.
    for the hula girls and the movies
     
  18. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yep :lol
     
  19. cavx

    cavx Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    An excellent job Alan :thumbsup

    I've never seen SPACE COWBOYS and really want to.

    Every time I go to rent it, it is either not in store or the other people in the "video party" don't want to watch it because they've judged it first :thumbsdown
     
  20. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Cheers :)

    Ignore them, they have no taste :lol

    There'a a reason why it's never in the store to rent :thumbsup
     
  21. cavx

    cavx Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    With the cast in this film, I bet there is. Shame no one else can see that though.
     
  22. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    It's just a light-hearted, highly entertaining film with great actors. That's all :)
     
  23. Ghost Host

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    nicely done!
     
  24. Alan Castillo

    Alan Castillo Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Thanks :)

    A very small project, but I was a giddy kipper throughout :D
     

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