"try reading books instead of burning them"

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  1. Fly4v

    Fly4v Sr Member

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    That is what I posted about my grail diary back in 2012. By today's standards, I'd only rank it as a fair reproduction after looking at the Raiders and Club Obi Wan. Since I used an existing notebook, the final diary is only about 80% scale but it's all handwritten so I am not eager to recreate it.

    I did make some of the inserts that I am lacking. I still don't have a tablet rubbing. Tried to make one out of parchment paper but the "rubbing" rubbed off and I haven't gone out to get an appropriately sized piece of tracing paper.

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    But all the inserts burst the cover of the notebook.

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    Thankfully, I have a large piece of leather leftover from my TFA uniform

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    and printed off some fancy paper to glue inside the replacement cover.

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    While sub-scale, my diary has gone from fair to better.

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  2. KramStaar

    KramStaar Sr Member

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    Great to see another inventive interpretation of this iconic prop.

    Cheers for sharing

    Regards
     
  3. Mechanized2400

    Mechanized2400 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks very cool, plus that leather is going to age beautifully over time.
     
  4. Fly4v

    Fly4v Sr Member

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    As you said, a leather notebook just feels and smells so much better.

    The way I put the cover on is counter to what I have read about making books. I hot glued the interior spine of the notebook directly to what became the spine of the leather cover.
    The leather is really heavy. I bought it for leggings but made a holster extension with the original so I had to work the interior edge so the covers would fold better.

    After pressing the cover and interior pages with a clap. I used 3M spray adhesive to adhere the fancy paper to the first and last page of the notebook and the leather. I didn't expect any runoff but just in case I used pieces of parchment paper inside of the folds so nothing got stuck together.
     
  5. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Where did you get the pic of young Indy with Henry? I've tried to find it in the paper props forum and have been unsuccessful in my googling.

    PS. "It tellsh me that gooshe shtepping morons like yershelf should try READING booksh inshtead of BURNING them!" is one of my favorite lines from any movie ever.
     
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  6. Fly4v

    Fly4v Sr Member

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    I'll dig thru my grail files to see if I still have digital copy of the photo.

    I love unpacking my Indy gear all the leather or other parts just have a great smell.

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    I really wish I had the information available today when I first started the Diary back in 2009. The previous images are based on the idea that the final part of the grail quest as annotated at the end of the movie.
    The influence was a collection of Marvel comics, screen caps, a 3d map of the grail temple and a page from Club Obi Wan.

    Club Obi Wan was the greatest source of Diary inserts that I have found. Anyone planning to make a Diary I highly recommend joining.

    Edit: Sorry! Have no idea why the photos are upside down. Thanks..... they are the right way round on my camera and the hosting site.
     
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  7. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Awesome, thanks.

    The diary looks great, I like the quest trials pages. I only have a hero diary right now, but at some point down the line I want to add a story version too.
     
  8. Fly4v

    Fly4v Sr Member

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    Here you go! Now I did not make this and don't take credit for it.

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    I wish I could say that my diary was a story version but it is not. I had the game diary but didn't open the diary with the vision pages.

    When I discovered how much was missing from my diary and how out of order it would have been to draw the pages.... Just came up with the solution of drawing the pages as inserts and treating them as if the diary was falling apart and some pages were falling out due to age. Now that doesn't work with the new leather cover but eventuality it will.
     
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  9. LTsmash1200

    LTsmash1200 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    YES!! THANK YOU!

    Either way, it's still a cool looking diary.
     

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