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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 6:56 am 
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Man, personally the APC under construction looks more beast than the one in the film.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 4:19 pm 
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Jonsey,

that some great stuff you dug up! :D
Another mystery is finally solved.

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Thanks Jonsey!!!

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Nice one! :D

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:57 pm 
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Sorry for the late reply but I know who do the work to tub to turn it into the APC.

Here are some photos of it.

Please ask me for use of these photos!!!!!!!

Cheer's Steve

close up on the wheel.
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You can see the light through the add on front.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:06 pm 
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Glad to see you finally got the pics scanned or something Steve :)

That second pic doesn't load properly though when I click on it. Only a small part of it open in the other window. Is it just me?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:09 pm 
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Both pics look fine for me, Firefox 3 RC2


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:14 pm 
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Had the same problem - loaded fine on the second try...

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PS: Thanks for those pictures! However, the close up on the wheel isn't one ;)


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 9:23 pm 
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Sorry here the Photo.

I had the Photos scan some time ago Darren.

I have got a few.

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Also please give credit to the men that made it.

Bruce is the on the right on top.

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Here the Wheel!!!!!
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Hmmmmm - I love this thread! :D

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Nice work!


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Wow I always thought the picture that everyone uses for 'an airport tug' was wrong as it seemed short and the front was too square. Nice bit of work there Jonesy! The blueprints also clearly show where the tiny piece of interior would go on the right side.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:45 pm 

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Hi everyone,
I'm new to this site, but it has proved a to be a great source of information.
It's been great to read all the information and history on the M577 APC, as i have been looking to make one for the last two years.
But, rather than use a airport tug, I'm using a set of airport tug wheels that I already have, that look perfect and was planning on using a rear engined minibus (something like a Optare SOLO) as a doner vehilce. If there engine can be mounted between the rear wheels and a space frame chassis made to mount the front axle it would create enough room to create a full size interior.

I was just planning to make one for a laugh, as I love the film and I build lorry bodies for a living and the fabrication would be easy. I thought that a road legal APC would make a good themed limo or something. But if I was to build one, do you think there is enough aliens fans out there to use it for promotional events?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:48 pm 
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This would be an awesome addition to the Dragon Con parade.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:05 pm 

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It's just taken me ten minutes to find out what the dragon con parade is?
but that is the sort of thing i thought of using it for, although i would be interested to see how much it would cost to ship something that size to america? and I don't know how the american police would view a british registered vehicle that looked like and M577?
Although I have seen someone riding a BatPod on the US streets, so it might be a possibility?
I'm looking to start making it this winter between my customers lorries, so I can't imagine it being finished until 2012.
I've got so many parts that I have held onto that would work for building an APC I just don't think i'm gonna be happy until I build a replica!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:12 pm 
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Spudb wrote:
I was just planning to make one for a laugh, as I love the film and I build lorry bodies for a living and the fabrication would be easy. I thought that a road legal APC would make a good themed limo or something. But if I was to build one, do you think there is enough aliens fans out there to use it for promotional events?


If you are building it in the UK and you can drive it to big events such as those held in London (and other cities across the UK) I think you would easily get a lot of Marines wanting to ride on it... they would literally jump on the bandwagon, that's my guess!
I don't want to speak for the marines around here because I'm not one of them but something like a real Aliens APC would be THE main attraction to those events.

Putting the engine on the back would allow more space internally. Would you attempt a close-enough enteriors?


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:40 am 
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Spudb wrote:
...... But if I was to build one, do you think there is enough aliens fans out there to use it for promotional events?


Is there an S in Yes?! Holy crap, you'll be fighting them off!
Tell us where you are. I'm sure there are plenty, including myself, who would be eager to lend a hand in the contruction if you needed any help.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:58 am 

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I'm in the east midlands, 5 mins from junction 29 of the M1. Once i've got the doner vehicle sorted and the rolling chassis done, I'll begin to post some pictures and see if people want to come over to get involved. My overall plan is to see if a simple chassis can be made on a easy doner vehicle. If it doesn't take too long, I may begin to fabricate and sell them, something like the bat mobile replicas you see being sold. I'd rather be building replica APC's that building horse boxes for a living like i am at the moment!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:11 pm 
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Nice!
I'm up for a road trip to help out!

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 4:15 pm 
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since this thread re-surfaced, this makes me wonder what happened to the original APC after filming? was it dismantled and junked? or does some vehicle collector have it somewhere?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 5:14 pm 
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Nobody knows for certain.

Here's a previous discussion...

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 6:40 pm 
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Lottery win, where's that damn lottery win I've been waiting for?!?

If I ever get rich I'm so building one :P I just can't even comprehend how awesome it'd be to have one in the D*C parade :D

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:42 pm 

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I thought the original one was just the airport tug loaned to the production and dressed up to look the part. Once filming was over it was sent back to the airport. Shame, as it would have made a good museum piece.
But, with more modern powerful diesel engines which as smaller in size, the idea that I have planned will be a lot better than a dressed up tug! I want to build one that you can actually fit six or eight people in!


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 7:55 pm 
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Where's the "drooling" emoticon? ;)

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:05 pm 
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Spudb wrote:
I thought the original one was just the airport tug loaned to the production and dressed up to look the part. Once filming was over it was sent back to the airport. Shame, as it would have made a good museum piece.

As I'm pretty sure was mentioned in the previous threads, they had to remove a lot of weight from the original tug, basically gutting the thing and replacing many outer and inner parts, so I doubt that they then rebuilt it back to normal, but nobody knows for definite. :|

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