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Old 22-07-2009, 09:39 AM   #21
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thought you might like this...
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Old 22-07-2009, 10:03 AM   #22
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I can just hear Ridley now. "More smoke, we need more smoke!"
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Old 22-07-2009, 09:26 PM   #23
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interesting clips, thanks for posting
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Old 14-08-2009, 06:13 PM   #24
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Just found out Ridley Scotts to Direct Aliens Prequel . . .

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Bryan Singer will direct an upcoming Battlestar Galactica movie
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Old 14-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #25
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Maybe the Nostromo will make an appearance in the new film, hence the restoration.
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Old 23-01-2010, 04:27 AM   #26
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Old 10-03-2010, 11:03 PM   #27
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The Nostromo restoration is now complete. Nice to see the old girl back in one piece after so many years.


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Old 11-03-2010, 12:00 AM   #28
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Magnificent work
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:24 AM   #29
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So now it's restored are the Prop Store gonna sell it? It should end up in a museum really.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:57 AM   #30
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It came out looking wonderful! I'd like to see some close up side by side comps to see how near the restoration is to the filming model. Just wondering if they really matched the little details correctly. Anyone here work on this restoration that could shed some light?
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Old 28-04-2010, 11:59 AM   #31
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They did a pretty good job and I'm glad somebody finally took care of it.

My only gripes are that at least one of the dudes in the project film seemed like kind of a jerk and didn't seem to give the original modelers (Johnson, Bowers, etc) much credit.

He just kind of states something like "Yeah, I think we got some pictures of the original details from some guys who worked on it in England or something" with a disgusting LA smirk on his face.

Although on the other hand he was probably the arsehole boss sticking his face in the camera or something because the other dudes seemed pretty cool and acted like they understood what an important work of art they had.

My other gripe is that I was hoping it would be sent back to England after the restoration. Maybe a period on display to recoup some of the costs. But it sounds like they're gonna leave it in LA.

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"I'd like to see some close up side by side comps to see how near the restoration is to the filming model."

Its not perfect to the original. If you look at the final video you can see that there are gaps between some of the detail "tiles" at the nose, from the shrinkage I guess. But the budget wasn't unlimited and they did an amazing job anyway. I actually think it looks fine because it fits right in with the ships intended weathered and worn look in the film.

It looks even more authentic.

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Old 28-04-2010, 09:25 PM   #32
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Wonderful to see such a beautiful prop reborn with such love.

Thanks JD
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Old 28-04-2010, 09:41 PM   #33
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Whatever people think it's great that such an important prop has been saved. It looks great. I wonder if they asked phil rae for the cockpit window.
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Old 28-04-2010, 11:06 PM   #34
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Everything, particularly the big stuff, would likely have been junked if it had been left at Bray. I'm just happy this stuff still exists!
Thats true. The stories of the spacesuits and miniatures being thrown into bonfires after production still curdles my milk.

I dont even like watching that video of them crashing a forklift through the original spacejockey.
Although if that had ended up in LA they would have just set in on fire anyway, eh?


It's funny how sometimes it takes an outsider to recognize and care about someone elses genius.
Like the way the way HK studios routinely abused the prints of their classic kung fu movies from the seventies untill it eventually took Japanese and British enthusiasts to track them down and preserve them, when it was even possible.

Speaking of big stuff I wonder what ever happened to the refinery. It survived the bonfires. I saw a pic of it in a warehouse
with the large nostromo.
I think I heard that one of the towers was on display somewhere. Possibly the SfiFi/space museum up in Seattle. Maybe it got sectioned out and still exists in as many pieces.

I know prop store sold a tiny little chunk of it for like a thousand bucks once.

Now that was a BIG one!

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Old 29-04-2010, 12:21 AM   #35
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This one?



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Thats the one.


God in heaven! Just imagining such possessions!
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Old 29-04-2010, 01:33 AM   #36
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I'm sure I read that some of the refinery's towers ended up as part of the gateway station miniature for Aliens, part of the shot is a glass painting and the part in the foreground was a miniature, thought I'd read it in the Cinefex magazine but browsing through I can't see any mention of it, so not sure where I read it !!!
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The window Phil has is 24th scale, and was taken from the enlarged Nostromo nose section. Apparently it was part of the complete Nostromo miniature, but it was replaced by one four times smaller when the overall scale was changed.
Thanks JD, Interesting.
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Trek production stalwart John Eaves worked on the Nostromo restoration recently and has some nice pics up on his blog entry.

Nice BIG pics!
maybe so, but no-one asked me 4 my permission to use my own pics. actually I don't mind them being used, but the common courtesy of seeking my permission and giving me credit would have been nice. I wonder where they got them from, and who is posting them?
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They did a pretty good job and I'm glad somebody finally took care of it.

My only gripes are that at least one of the dudes in the project film seemed like kind of a jerk and didn't seem to give the original modelers (Johnson, Bowers, etc) much credit.

He just kind of states something like "Yeah, I think we got some pictures of the original details from some guys who worked on it in England or something" with a disgusting LA smirk on his face.

Although on the other hand he was probably the arsehole boss sticking his face in the camera or something because the other dudes seemed pretty cool and acted like they understood what an important work of art they had.
Hi Rob,
Further to my last post, I should add that I DIDN'T work on this miniature, except to replace a coupla "missing" parts that were needed once they decided to send it to LA for exhibition.
One such "missing" part was the front dish antenna, because I made an approximate duplicate after filming to keep as a souvenir, because I believed they were going to destroy it. At least I had the good sense to do that. The original antenna is own by a collector somewhere..I don't recall who got it eventually.
What happened to MY replica, I don't know, cos as far as I know it never made it to Propstore. That maybe means there's someone else out there with MY replica thinking it's the original, which it's not, and now there is a THIRD one...it's a funny old world. I'll dig out my pics of it!....not sure if I photographed my replacement...but I sure have a pic of the ORIGINAL...er..."original".
If Fox want too sue me they can come on down...LOL!
Fact is,there was a "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" clause in my contract, but a few people ignored it anyhow, and I shot hundreds of pics...most of which...even today have never been published! I still have the negs, but the prints (6x4) from 1978 /9 are quite faded now!
Maybe someone would like to do a Phil Rae "ALIEN MODEL SHOP" photos restoration project!....LOL...I could certainly do with the dough...I need to buy some more MOON miniatures, or even another big chunk of the large EVENT HORIZON ....OR ???? watch this space! LOL
Phil Rae

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Old 25-06-2010, 02:02 PM   #40
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Hello Mr. Rae,
thank you so much for posting and sharing your memories on these boards.

That is fascinating about the front dish.
I remember that being for sale, well at least one of them apparently back around 2000-01 if I recall correctly.
I saved a photo of it, it was in a small display case.
But I think I lost the photo when I junked an old computer way back then.
Before affordable burners made archiving things much easier.

I dont know much about photography, but I was under the impression that original negs can deteriorate after a few years. I hope that you can find someone to invest the time or money to help preserve them digitally so that they wont be lost forever.
Maybe even issuing a limited edition book of your photos.
I think there are easily enough hardcore Alien fans to sell at the very least a limited pressing of something like that.

Alien was really a unique and one off movie IMO.
74 to around 83 was such an amazing era for fantasy and scifi, especially on film, that hasn't been matched since and may not be again for a long time. If ever.
And Alien was a prime example.

Your documentation and accounts of being there are truly priceless!

As far as the legal issue you mentioned, there must be a way around that. Especially after the movie has proven to be so historically important.

A statute of limitations perhaps?
Its been awhile.

Thank you again so much for sharing!

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