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Old 09-02-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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My name is James and i am a huge fan of Space 1999 and of the Eagle Transporter.I photographer by trade but have been a huge film buff since the first Star Wars came out ,mainly because i love visual effects,particularly miniature effects.Several years ago i discovered Space 1999 net and was amazed by the information about the miniatures and model makers that made them. Since then i have become a expert on everything from all the different scale eagles built for the show to how many replicas you guys have built. Ill never forget the day i walked into the hobby shop back in 1977 and saw a build of the old mpc kit hanging in the window.As inaccurate as that first model was it was a thing of beauty to me so i bought one the same day. It was not as good as the kits that are available today are, but i sure wish i still had it, anyway i hope to try my hand on one soon and i sure it will be a better build than anything i have ever done before thanks to the spectacular information i seen and read here.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:07 PM   #2
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Hello James and welcome, there is nothing like building an eagle, whatever medium you will choose, i got my hands on a couple of WARP kits recently, took a bit of digging out the spine, but a nice representation they become, i also remember queuing up a couple of times to see the first Star Wars release, now i am showing my age.

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:22 PM   #3
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Hello Jay and thank you. Hey dont feel bad about being a Star Wars fan. I was 14 when i saw it for the first of many times and i built all the models that came out at the time, sure wished i had them now but what can you do.Im looking to buy Warp eagle some day myself so will be looking forward to your progress on the ones you have.

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Old 10-02-2013, 08:55 AM   #4
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Hello James and Welcome! My name is Dan,from Chippewa Falls,WI! You sound like Someone Who Really Knows their Stuff! Good Luck with Your Projects! Dan
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Old 10-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #5
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Thanks Dan, yeah ive been keeping up with vfx since the first Star Wars came out back in 77.Star Wars was made when sifi movies were not considered commercial, films of the 70s paticularly the early 70s were trying to be gritty and realistic, getting away from musicals and melodramas filmed on hollywood backlots using rear screen pojection,matte paintings and the like choosing instead to film on locations using real steets puttig actors in real cars and so on. Very little could be found on how effects were made untill Star Wars ANH came out and revolutionized the vfx industy, opening up among other things a lot more books and magazines on the amazing art, science,and magic that goes into such films.But of all the wonderful different tricks these artisans used, miniature effects fascinated me the most and i have keep up with it ever since. The amont of craftmanship that goes into not only building a scale model that looks convincing on film but also on sometimes be blown to bits with believable to scale debri and fire.One of my idols is miniature pyrotechnician Joe Viskocil.He has blown up everything from a castle in the 70s porn sifi classic Flesh Gordon to the White House in Id4, with a little x-wing and The Terminator tanker truck explosions inbetween.Some of the best modelers in the business, Lorne Peterson,Steve Gawley and the late Grant McCune have had their creations blown to bits by Joe.But of all the modellers i amire,to many to list in this post, Martin Bower stands out as a career i have followed for many years now.

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Old 10-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #6
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Hi Jeb, Welcome to the forum.
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Old 10-02-2013, 01:41 PM   #7
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Hello John thanks Man living in London you must have seen all the original Gerry Anderson miniatures. The only claim to fame i have right now is that where i live is near all the filming locations for The Walking Dead series.I swear i cant swing a dead cat around here lately with out hitting a zombie.The town of Woodbury being featured in the new season is actually the city of Senioa Ga justs 15 miles from here in Newnan. they use what used to be called Riverwood Studios only about a mile from downtown Senioa but its call Raleigh Studios Atlanta now.A lot of places in Newnan have been used including Newnan High School,Brown Steel Co, more places i have time to go into.
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Old 10-02-2013, 04:03 PM   #9
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Thank Darren Hey i just read in my local paper that Pinwood Studios is opening there first us branch just about 13 miles from where i live. Maybe they could use a good on set stills photographer.Last year Screen Gems bought the old Lakewood Fairgrounds just south of Atlanta and made it a full blown studio. South side of atl is becoming hollywood east lately.
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:34 PM   #10
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Hello John thanks Man living in London you must have seen all the original Gerry Anderson miniatures. The only claim to fame i have right now is that where i live is near all the filming locations for The Walking Dead series.I swear i cant swing a dead cat around here lately with out hitting a zombie.The town of Woodbury being featured in the new season is actually the city of Senioa Ga justs 15 miles from here in Newnan. they use what used to be called Riverwood Studios only about a mile from downtown Senioa but its call Raleigh Studios Atlanta now.A lot of places in Newnan have been used including Newnan High School,Brown Steel Co, more places i have time to go into.
The only Anderson stuff I have seen is when I lived up North and went to Blackpool. Although with living in London the Queen does pop around on occasion for a cig and a sherry. I do enjoy watching the walking dead though, which sort of ties in with my previous sentence.
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Old 10-02-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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here is are some photos i took last fall of one of the main locations for season three of The Walking Dead, its what stood in for Woodbury in show. They were filming some pick up shots there just last weekend.Also some shots of a town called Grantville Ga that they filmed in several days. In these photos they had just finished dressing the main street but would not be filming for two more days.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:14 AM   #12
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