I saw that linked from another message board. Isn't that just a
combination of good model photography and photoshop?
I do agree it looked cool. If that was really full size I'd want
tickets to that show!
Looks more like CGI models and a little photoshopping to me. I'd say the
faux operational histories give up the ruse if there were any doubts to
begin with. August 1972 moon shot by a "Space:1999" Eagle?
[Dr Evil voice, pinky to corner of the mouth]
Absolutely! I'd buy tickets even if they were static tarmac queens.
Interesting concept. An actual faux airshow built around
fictional/hypothetical craft and vehicles. The engineers that did the Horten
flyer mockup probably have a leg up on the makings of a Luft '46 show, huh.
I'd go with the CGI modelling too. I've seen both of the Mk9 Hawk
effects models in the flesh, and IIRC those differed in detail from
those on the site (and each other). It's a pity I can't access the
slides I took, I used them to "accuratise" the Airfix kit, but made a
crap job of it. However, I think there's another Hawk in the stash if
I want try again.
It should be doable, if the various IP rights owners could be brought
into agreement - that would probably be the hardest part. We're
looking at complete 1:1 mock-ups that have existed, and may possibly
still exist, for "Millenium Falcon" (that would have to be the star of
the show), "X-wing", original and new Colonial Vipers, the
"Hammerhead" from "Above and Beyond", and assorted Shuttlecraft from
various movies/series. There's probably more than these, I just can't
recall them at the moment.
As for vehicles, there's a lot of those already in the "Cars of the
Stars" museun at Keswick, who have the "Lunar Buggy" from "Space
1999", the 1:1 promo pink Rolls-Royce from "Thunderbirds", and I
believe a 1:1 scale "Rapier" fighter from the (crap) film "Wing
Commander" - I understand this was built from bits of a EE/BAC
Would look nice alongside the "Flying Wing" from "Raiders of the Lost
Another give away ... On the flying sub page, they have a picture of
the cover of the April 1964 National Geographic magazine.
A google search of april 1964 national geographic reveals a page or
two with thumbnails that look distinctly different than the one
on the site.
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I'm inclined to agree that some parts of the pictures look more like CGI than a
physical model, but...
Based on what it says on his About page and his long list of movie credits on
IMDB (everything from a model maker and matte painter to a visual effects
supervisor and digital artist), I believe he's got the skill and experience to
have created the ships using any means imaginable, including scratch-built scale
models, virtual 3D models, or even rotoscoping over photos of the originals.
The parts that I think look CGI might only be the result of photoshopping it to
improve details or remove unwanted shadows & reflections.
So I'm not placing any bets on how he did it, I'll just sit back and admire the
IP rights may not need to be that large a problem. Just look at the case
from Great Britain where the original designer of the Stormtrooper armor
from Star Wars was allowed to continue making them because they were
considered "industrial design" and the Lucasfilm rights to them had already
lapsed to the designer, if not public domain. Anything from about
twenty-five years ago and earlier, that hasn't been used since, and not
renewed with the patent office, could be fair game for an "industrial
design" rights challenge.
Want a "Blade Runner" spinner? Or "Buck Rogers'" Thunder fighter?
Stephen "FPilot" Bierce/IPMS #35922
When the blueprints came out in the 70s, I thought it'd be really neat to erect
a 1:1 replica of the USS Enterprise and operate it as a theme hotel.
Of course it'd present some extreme engineering challenges, like designing a
"dry dock" to support the saucer, nacelles, etc without detracting from the
outside appearance, and creating floor plans that use normal stairwells and
vertical elevators instead of vertical ladders and a network of turbolift tubes.
Basic problem could be addressed as 'The ship, having warped back in time,
crash landed on Earth where the crew (needing to make a living) decided
there was a gap in the market for a really 'beyond up to date' hotel.
Due to damage to the power systems however some elements were considered too
risky to use (tubbo lifts might confuse the guests, weapons might prove too
apealing to high school pranksters), so those aspects were therefore
Just a thought. If you go ahead put up a post and I'll break open the piggy
ank for a visit.
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