Is the movie one textured in the middle or did they sand that down before they painted it black?
The tricky part with these is that tiny ridges make it a massive pain to mask off the rings.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull FLASHLIGHT
Here's my inked take on the Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull flashlight using the "United Pacific" base flashlight. It adds nothing but permanent black ink to the basic design. The stripes aren't perfect, but it has a bit of a worn look to it. It's also very hard to photograph using a direct flash on it the way the light reflects off the ridges, but lends credence to the "weird" look in that region from the movie as the set lighting hits it. The top two photos show a smaller view/image size to mimic the difficulty in getting a high resolution picture from the movie itself (2nd image), followed by a slightly higher resolution image and then two different angle larger shots. A non-flash photo is in the next set in the post below (ultimately got moved to the bookshelf after all).
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Not only does the light reflection over the black paint look a bit odd in the movie, the stripes also look too white instead of chromed, which is the way that is in the vintage flashlights. The button seems to be black in all of them, though. Still, I agree there's a good chance that it's a modern flashlight, as you say.
Personally, I think I'll go with the same Rose model MCINTOSH275 has. It's most likely the period flashlight they were going for, and being an actual vintage object, I think the look is better for display purposes.
Of course, you can easily argue I did a shoddy "paint" (ink) job (I'm not much of a paint hobby kind of guy; I used to build model rockets but finishing details like paint and decals were never my strong suit), but it's hard to argue the other flashlights are accurate when the don't have the same stripes, screw indents or focusing ring as the movie prop. If it's good enough for you, I cannot argue about personal preference.
Likewise, if there's still an as yet to be discovered brand/model flashlight that better matches what is seen on-screen from the factory, I'm certainly willing to consider purchasing one to replace the one I have if I can get a hold of one. Given the low resolution movie snapshot (a 4K release might help some day?), however, I'm not going to judge the painted white stripe versions I've seen so far, but I'm simply offering an alternative possibility.
Krylon Dulling Spray.It's a great piece either way, but somehow the idols with the eyes open (any of the ones I've seen) never look quite right to me, for whatever reason. I think it's because the view in the movie where you could see it, the eyes almost looked "glazed over" like they had cataracts or something (probably the bright movie lighting from above? They also looked vertically "cross-eyed" ever so slightly.) It was probably just the lighting, but it looked darn creepy (and I think would have been even creepier if they showed its eyes move, even for a "Did they just move?" type of moment. But somehow, with clear glass eyes, they look like a doll's eyes or something (i.e. not creepy enough).
That's just my take. I'm waiting for a version that changes my mind, but I have yet to see one. Perhaps in darker/controlled lighting, it might look more like the movie shot? I've got a dark bookshelf with fake candle lighting, but I'm not going to buy one with eyes on a "maybe". I'd be curious to see how it looks with dimmed lighting lit by a candle or similar lower lighting to see how it appears.
Given the choice between eyes shut or open (via the stunt idol), that one looks more or less spot on to me by comparison. The "aged" version out there doesn't look quite right to me either (I think that's the right choice to go clean as you could always experiment "dirtying" the surface or whatever), as the one in the movie looked more "dirty" to me than "oxidized" (Pure gold would never oxidize anyway so I'd just assume it was dampness, etc. drying water spots or dirt on it or whatever over the years. In other words, it's too smooth or even in the "aging" process. It'd be hard to make it exact from that camera angle shot, I think to match the "look" it'd take for me to buy an eyes open version (unless it was extra creepy like actual moving eyes triggered by a proximity switch behind the eyes or something). I think the pupils were smaller in the movie version as well.
I think I'd experiment perhaps with something like some soapy water applied with a squirt bottle left to dry on it and see how that looked. It might work on the eyes too for that "glazed over" look and should be easy to remove if it doesn't work out right. But that's just me being picky. The idol quality itself looks great in the picture. I wonder what the used to "age" it in the movie version exactly. I'm sure it was probably applied afterwards.
That's not just my imagination the original's eyes aren't facing the same in the vertical plane (maybe slightly off in the horizontal too?) I guess since they were "robotically" controlled, they just didn't center them precisely?)
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Here's an interesting site on Johnny Walker bottles: Black 1950's, 1940's and 1930's
I have yet to find a single bottle that looks like the one from the movie (doesn't appear to say "Black Label" on it; looks more like "Fine Scotch Whiskey" (the bottles I've seen with that one sometimes said "Black label" on another spot on the bottle higher up. The bottom label doesn't look like any I've seen either. It looks like cursive writing or signatures and no "symbols" or large lettering like most (12 years and the like). It doesn't resemble the 1930s bottles I've seen so far either. Indiana Jones movies always seem to pick obscure things....
1910. The decals are correct, just not placed as in the one in the film.
And the Jack Daniels with the top label correct to the museum display.
In regards to the flashlight, I gave up and have both. One vintage, one modern with a paint job.
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I also put my HJ tag on my Crystal Skull knapsack. Here’s mine with a pic of the original.
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edit: I found this picture of the tag after I got my tag and put it on, the best picture I had prior was a poor screen cap. Eh, close enough.