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Old 26-07-2008, 06:11 AM   #41
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So it launched from the Nostromo's armpit?
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Old 26-07-2008, 09:22 AM   #42
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Most eloquently put. Kane's shroud is also catapulted down the same 'arm pit' set as well, but I can't see which part of the ship he is fired from, not that it really matters.
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Old 26-07-2008, 03:21 PM   #43
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It was catapulted ......or more correctly.... fired by crossbow from outer space at the end of the set!
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Old 27-07-2008, 05:13 AM   #44
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Gracious, firstly you say the Thunderbirds aren't real... now this.... is nothing sacred
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Old 27-07-2008, 08:17 PM   #45
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Phil,

A great big thank you for sharing these pictures of better times - when models MADE films look all the more real for the hard work and dedication you and your fellow model makers devoted to your craft.

It's really fantastic to see these shots, and I don't think for one minute I'm alone when I say if you have any more pictures and memories to share of these times - no matter what the subject matter - we'll all be very interested to see and read about them.
Bravo sir.
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Old 28-07-2008, 03:51 PM   #46
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Thanks Howard.
Here's a shot of the full side narcissus rear end and the art dept mock up on which it was based. You can see tha Alien in the latter


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Old 29-07-2008, 01:11 PM   #47
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Here's some more from the model shop.

This one shows the 1/24th scale (approx 30 inches) Narcissus, pretty much as it was handed over to me for finishing. this "shell" was built by Martin Bower from perpex (plexiglass) on a square section steel frame so they could mount it on a rig for filming.


Note the blue detail pieces at the front of the main engines. These are from a Tyrell Ford Formula One racing car kit....the one with the six wheels.


This is me detailing.


Finished and painted white using car spray primer (the finished colour)



Finished model dirtied down with dry black powder paint applied liberally then wiped off, highlighting all the detail. The docking clamp on the top was made by Martin and had two compressed air rams to raise the clamps on the sides.


Close up detail. You can just made out some tiny writing in front of the "E1" sybol. It say's "winscreen wiper control"....just a bit of fun.


The model in position with the "garage door" retracted


Close up of Bill Pearson's docking section....not seen close up in the movie. A waste really, but we had fun building the stuff.


Close view of the garage side.


Interior built by me. The figure is a 1/24th scale Revell Gemini figure with the head chopped off and replaced with a Plasticene "Ripley" sadly there's not even a glimpse of this in the final movie.
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Old 29-07-2008, 01:59 PM   #48
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I'm amazed that so much effort has gone into all that detailing and you never see any of it on film. At least you've got a photographic record of all the work that went into those wonderful models. It's a shame that none of these pictures appear on the 25th. Anniversary DVD either. I'm surprised nobody approached you from Fox.
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Old 29-07-2008, 03:11 PM   #49
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Holy ^&*+ those pics are superb!
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Old 29-07-2008, 03:24 PM   #50
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I'm amazed that so much effort has gone into all that detailing and you never see any of it on film. At least you've got a photographic record of all the work that went into those wonderful models. It's a shame that none of these pictures appear on the 25th. Anniversary DVD either. I'm surprised nobody approached you from Fox.
I was only a small cog in a very big wheel. I guess very few people know I have these pics, and doubt anyone at Fox would really care
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Old 29-07-2008, 04:04 PM   #51
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Wow, I am amazed again. I knew there was more detail to those models than the on-screen views hinted at, but the Narcissus interior complete with Ripley blew me away. I had no idea!
Thanks so much for sharing these otherwise lost views! They're inspiring, not only to us fans of the movie, but I think to model makers as well.
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Old 30-07-2008, 04:22 PM   #52
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This is a shot of the "small" Nostromo that was on the front of the BIG refinery "miniture".
It was about 18 inches long.


Here's two shots of the medium sized model.....fully detailed to match it's bigger brother. It was somewhere around 4 foot + long, and as far as I can recall was only used in the shot from the rear when the engines lit up as it was pulling away from the refinery. The engine effect was created with dozens of halogen light bulbs.....something the biggest model didn't have.

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Old 30-07-2008, 05:03 PM   #53
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What an interesting thread. Thank you very much for sharing these words and pictures.
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Old 30-07-2008, 05:35 PM   #54
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My contribution to the thread:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sfx_films/alienroom.jpg
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Old 30-07-2008, 05:45 PM   #55
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A truly fascinating thread!

DX, is this a B. Pearson's job?
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Old 30-07-2008, 05:50 PM   #56
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I was gonna cover the Engine room later!
Great pic....didn't know this piece still existed!!
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Old 30-07-2008, 05:51 PM   #57
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What other pics do you have Chris? Maybe you could post them?
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Old 30-07-2008, 05:51 PM   #58
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Yes it's a BP and sorry Phil. That's the only one I've got which I took last year.
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Old 30-07-2008, 06:01 PM   #59
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I was only joking Chris.

Here's Bill building this amazing piece, and how you see it in the movie!

A 16mm film projector was used to show the crew moving about behind the windows.


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Old 30-07-2008, 06:50 PM   #60
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Stunning stuff here Phil, a pictorial history of true artists at work!
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