TOS Galactica Solenite Charges!

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  1. spcglider@aol.com

    spcglider@aol.com Sr Member

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    I've been working on this for a couple of weeks now. I wanted a good supply of solenite charges just in case I needed to blow up a Cylon petro dump or whacka hole in the side of a battlestar to smother a fire with the vacuum of space.

    It took me a bazillion years to find the right vintage 1970's aluminum hi-hat control knobs. When i did, I bought them out.

    Anyway, here's the answers to all the questions:

    Do they light up? No.
    Are they magnetic? No.
    Did I use a real M-16 clip to make the vacuum forms? No.
    Am I selling them? No.

    I just wanted to add a big ol' pile of groovy bits to my TOS Galactica collection. I'm still working on other stuff too, but I JUST finished these. Like 20 minutes ago. Paint's still fresh.

    -Gordon
     
  2. micdavis

    micdavis Master Member

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    Groovy.
     
  3. Jimbo890

    Jimbo890 Well-Known Member

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    Cool. Add some magnets and stick one on the fridge.
     
  4. Gojira61

    Gojira61 Sr Member

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    NICE. :thumbsup

    Jim
     
  5. Robot Monster

    Robot Monster Sr Member

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    That's great looking..
     
  6. Gigatron

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    If you ever did want to make them magnetic, I could point you in the direction of some extremely powerful,yet tiny, rare earth magnets :D.

    -Fred
     
  7. Robot Monster

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    What is the little tab near the switch?
     
  8. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Not...for...sale...? :cry
     
  9. spcglider@aol.com

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tekmage3000 @ May 9 2006, 07:29 PM) [snapback]1241435[/snapback]</div>

    That's the plate that comes with the switch. Its supposed to be pointing down, but I didn't want to either clip it off or try to bury it in the surface of the prop, so I just turned it upwards.

    From the reference I have gathered and seen, it looks like there is no absolute standard for these props.

    First you have the choice of "slant bottom" or "straight bottom".

    And you have the choice of which direction the three slots are facing in relation to the top details (orange light cap, toggle switch, silver high-hat knob).

    And you have the choice of whether or not to use the toggle switch at all since there are several shown without. Including in scenes from "Fire in Space".

    So it looks like it's pretty open for interpretation.

    These are based upon the vacuum-formed copies used as extras in "Living Legend pt2" except I've decided to spend the $20 extra and fit them with Radio Shack toggle switches (the ones on the parachutists' bandoliers didn't have toggles).

    I haven't decided whether or not I'm going to actually put magnetic material on the backs of them yet...

    -G

    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Funky Jedi @ May 9 2006, 08:42 PM) [snapback]1241483[/snapback]</div>
    Nope. Not for sale.

    As easy as these appear, they are a royal pain in the tukus to make.

    And plus, I wanted a whole passle of 'em just for the sheer joy of it.

    However, I WILL consider renting them out to Galactica fan film productions.

    If you decide to make your own, write me an email. I can help.

    -Gordon
     
  10. Funky

    Funky Master Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Wellllll...any chance of a tutorial?
     
  11. spcglider@aol.com

    spcglider@aol.com Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Funky Jedi @ May 9 2006, 09:27 PM) [snapback]1241513[/snapback]</div>
    Unaccustomed as I am with the whole tutorial thing, probably not on a grand scale.

    But if you have any questions about how I made them, I am ALWAYS happy to answer.

    -Gordon
     
  12. Galactifan

    Galactifan Sr Member

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    Very nice...but you already know that. Keep up the great work.
     
  13. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Nice. :)
     
  14. deralis

    deralis Well-Known Member

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    Awesome ....
     
  15. Robot Monster

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    Ok you said the clip ( main body ) was not cast from a M-16 so what are they?
     
  16. spcglider@aol.com

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tekmage3000 @ May 10 2006, 12:35 PM) [snapback]1241892[/snapback]</div>
    I made custom vacuum-form molds from high density particle board. Helps to have a mill to do that.

    The pulls I got weren't the greatest and required a bunch of clean-up and post-finishing. I had hoped they'd be easier than they were. Lots of webbing on corners, splitting plastic, etc. etc.

    There were many of these generated for the show in vac-form plastic because they needed a passle of them for the episode "Living Legend". When the warriors parachute down to the Cylon base, they all have bandoliers of solenite charges strapped on. They were vac-formed. I also have seen some screen-caps from "Fire In Space" that show some of them being vac-formed as well.

    -Gordon
     
  17. Robot Monster

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    Thank you for your reply.

    Any part numbers for the lights and switches, I know many are outdated but someone might get lucky.

    Thank you again for this wonderful project.
     
  18. spcglider@aol.com

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tekmage3000 @ May 10 2006, 03:03 PM) [snapback]1241966[/snapback]</div>
    No problemo. I like to share.

    -Gordon
     
  19. spcglider@aol.com

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    Only FIVE knobs left. Write to me to reserve.

    -Gordon
     
  20. Robot Monster

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  21. spcglider@aol.com

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(tekmage3000 @ May 10 2006, 05:08 PM) [snapback]1242012[/snapback]</div>
    All knobs are spoken for. Sorry for the limited supply fellas. I will be making a mold and casting resin copies in the next week or so.

    Contact me off-forum at spcglider@aol.com about them. (Mods... sorry this became something like a junkyard thread... My apologies....)

    -Gordon
     
  22. monolith21

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    I'm bringing this one back from the dead. lol

    Does anyone know who made the hat knobs? I know these will be hard to find, but I don't even know what I'm looking for! Same goes for the orange light covers. Any help would be awesome.
     
  23. Apollo

    Apollo Legendary Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Has Gordon fallen off the face of the earth?

    I hope all is well with him
     
  24. monolith21

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    TOS Galactica Solenite Charges!

    I've chatted with him a few times on Facebook but I haven't seen him on any of the boards in some time. I think he has been pretty busy with work.
     
  25. laserpistol76

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    Any pics?
     
  26. Fyberdyne Labs

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    See Gordon every daay on FB he seems well. He is working and doing Transalvinia TV or TVTV. It is a TV puppet show. He makes Puppets. I bet its like having 2 jobs
    Mark
     
  27. monolith21

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    Here's a pic. I'm looking for the aluminum hat knob and the orange light cap.
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  29. robn1

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    Re: TOS Galactica Solenite Charges!

    Second one down is very close Metal Knobs
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  30. monolith21

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    That looks very close indeed!
     

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