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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:46 pm 
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Hello fellow Grunts,

my name is Thomas and i´ve been a member on this forum for quite a while.. but mainly for reading & research...

Eventually Schotti (who lives in the same town as me), 577_OPS (who is currently working in our Hometown) and me managed to organize a weekly gathering for exchanging our enthusiasm for James Camerons Masterpiece...

Of course when fanboys brainstorming the sky is the limit (some beers enforced it also)...and in regards of future cons we try to set up a new photopoint / Booth with a little more "Diorama" touch ;-)

And here it is, first concept what might be used (Themed on the Sulaco´s dropship Hangar):

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Heart is a wall filling print of the dropship, with a PVC carpeting & some props to offer a 3D effect...

Goals were:

-keep it cheap
-easy to transport (small sized)

Of course scale & detail ask for the total opposite, but impatient as i am, i started to work on the props for fun of it. Using cardbord tubes, 2 Trashbins, some bicicle lighting, 1 wardrobe and other cheap stuff i guess the result (so far) has turned out quite nice...wether it will be only a prototype or will see action for real some day..but always have in mind this is more for creating a scenery than building ultra-accurate props.

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So to see the WIP Installment in motion please feel free to have a look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-2cg1YIoRo

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 11:29 pm 
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This is just amazing I have seen this in person and it's going to be amazing at Cons.This is for obvious reasons not the same scale as in the Film but still some great props for Cons easy to take down for transportation.

Well done buddy:)

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That spinning light is really impressive. What is moving the mirror? Great details all around!

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:16 am 
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retrogarde wrote:
That spinning light is really impressive. What is moving the mirror? Great details all around!


The spinning light is moved by a small battery operated attention light (glued upside down).. like the yellow one you see in the little video.

I removed the clear dome & the reflector, glued a 15 mm alloy tubing in it and attached a cardboard disc covered with a mirror foil on it...

The lighting is provided by a battery operated bicicle light...

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So dang cool! Agreed on the spinning light, thats very impressive.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:35 pm 
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Amazing work Thomas!
Hope to have a few updates after Dublin Comic Con.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:15 pm 
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Amazing!

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Would you talk more about the idea of PVC carpeting? How does that break down for transport?

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 4:54 pm 
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Sure.. i´m planning on a 2 meter wide (standard size, length is variable ) and maybe 3m long piece of pvc carpeting stuff... rolling it up we still need to deal with the 2m width..but i guess we will manage that... already got a specimen... large structure and a real metallic dark colour:

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I did a wash with a mix of black & brown acrylic colors to add some wear to it.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 5:10 pm 
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Great! Now we only need a deck of Cards and a Con.
Looking forward for next weeks meeting.

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What is the name of that flooring material type? I can try to build a similar setup here for use in the south eastern events...

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:21 am 
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In Germany it is called PVC Flooring... just look for poly rubber flooring

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I see. It looks like what we call an ergo mat or anti-fatigue mat.

For some reason I thought you were going to make a floor out of PVC pipes! That would have been tricky.

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I see. It looks like what we call an ergo mat or anti-fatigue mat.

For some reason I thought you were going to make a floor out of PVC pipes! That would have been tricky.


Indeed for if not done properly people would be on a roll each time they came to visit which would make things awkward for comedians...

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:49 pm 
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Hello fellow marines,

with the "Weekend of Hell" Convention featuring Aliens actors Biehn, Hope, Hiller, Rolston & Goldstein in 2 weeks, i began to finish some stuff for the table.

I overhauled the rotary lights, added some "Glass" housing (actually transparent PVC Foil) and added some details to the rockets / transport wagon... Frank (577_ops) is working on a photowall as the heart of the whole installation...


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and again in motion :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVP4rCVNip0

Skipped the idea of brown bess storing boxes for now...mostly

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 5:44 pm 
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Amazing!
Can't wait to see it live @ WoH!

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