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Old 14-08-2012, 09:52 PM   #1
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Default B7 Original Space Princess refurb

Hi Guys,

I have recently acquired the original studio model (or whats left of it anyway) of the Space Princess from season 4 of Blake's 7.
This model has had a hard working life, after B7 it was cut into 2 bits and used in Doctor Who as two separate ships, then used in Red Dwarf and then overhauled again for French & Saunders.

So she needs a lot of tlc to get it back to it's glory days, but Im up for it

It's lucky it still survives.
This is another classic Bill Pearson design and is a firm favourite with B7 fans.

Hope you enjoy,
Andy H.








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Old 15-08-2012, 06:43 AM   #2
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poor old girl - good luck with the refurb
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Old 15-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Oh My!

One of my very favourite craft from Blakes 7.

What a fantastic new acquisition, huge congratulations.

She is actually in better shape than I had imagined, as you say Andy she has been a donor for a few other shows and the model is over 30 years old, it's a miracle there is anything left at all!

So it is a bit of a front, back and sides kind of refurb that is required.

I always think a prop or model should be left as it ended up, unless a very sympathetic refurbishment can be accomplished, as you did admirably just recently with the handgun.

In this case I think the Space Princess deserves the works, make her look like she just came off the model stage.

The very best of luck with it and please keep us updated as and when you can.

Has Bill Pearson spoken to you about the model yet?

Hopefully he will see this thread and offer some insights.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 15-08-2012, 11:13 PM   #4
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Do my eyes decieve me or do I see several X-wing wings in there?
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Old 16-08-2012, 02:53 AM   #5
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Hi
Your eyes are fine...
Yep there's several X wing kits in there...
and a bucket load of other stuff

Andy H
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Old 16-08-2012, 12:41 PM   #6
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Hi
Your eyes are fine...
Yep there's several X wing kits in there...
and a bucket load of other stuff

Andy H
...and it is the bucket load of other stuff that is sooooo frustrating!

I wouldn't even think about trying to replicate the Space Princess myself, far too many rare and expensive kits involved.

I would love to see it fully restored though, with some lovely photos for posterity.

I hope you can get the necessary parts you need for the restoration.

Hopefully people can spot some of the kits that were used, maybe that will give clues to the missing bits.

Andy, I'm right in thinking that the space shuttle, Tamiya 8 wheeler, MPC X-wings and possibly a Tyrell racing car were amongst the kits?

Again I hope that Bill (Pearson) sees this thread and can remember some other aspects about the model.


Cheers,

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Old 16-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #7
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This is the actual Space Princess filming miniature as she lay at Deliverance '98 (Blake's 7 event in 199, I'm assuming she is pretty much in the same state now Andy?

The saucer section at the front and the engine section at the rear, and the 'wings' in between the X-wing wings (if that makes any sense at all!) are all place holders, i.e. not on the original model.

I should have some more photos to put up on the thread when I get home from work.

Cheers,

Andy
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Old 18-08-2012, 04:42 PM   #8
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This was a terrific design and one of my favorite ships from the entire run. I loved the docking sequence with Scorpio.

Good luck with the restoration Andy. You are leaving it to me in your will right?

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Old 18-08-2012, 05:56 PM   #9
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Some more photos of the Space Princess. (courtesy of A. Hopkinson)

Interesting to see the orientation of the forward part in the last photo.












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Old 18-08-2012, 06:01 PM   #10
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Where the original engine end of the Space Princess ended up, in Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani.

Saturn V and MPC R2 D2 kits amongst the main parts.





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Old 18-08-2012, 06:04 PM   #11
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The Princess in happier times, may she be restored to her former glory again.

Does anyone recognise the grill type sections in between the X-Wing wing's?

They must have come from a found item.









- Cheers,

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Old 18-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #12
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Hi Andy!

This was indeed a 'Kitfest'! I made the Princess before joining The Beeb.Lots of stuff was out of boxes at Bowerhouse. The grills in question were a load of transistor radio pieces-
which I found, strewn across the road, when I was cycling to work. There were approx 50 of them - so they were used everywhere! The inner etchings were brass, made for a certain movie - Alien! Good luck with this, and I hope you view the new Red Dwarf in October - as there are many kit bits etc, to spot!

Cheers, Bill.
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Hi Andy!

This was indeed a 'Kitfest'! I made the Princess before joining The Beeb.Lots of stuff was out of boxes at Bowerhouse. The grills in question were a load of transistor radio pieces-
which I found, strewn across the road, when I was cycling to work. There were approx 50 of them - so they were used everywhere! The inner etchings were brass, made for a certain movie - Alien! Good luck with this, and I hope you view the new Red Dwarf in October - as there are many kit bits etc, to spot!

Cheers, Bill.
Wow, thank you for the info Bill, I'm sure Andy (H) will find it very interesting.

Transistor radio pieces eh, it worked really well didn't it.

I'm glad to hear there was a bit of 'Alien' in Blake's 7.

I have to ask, you can't remember what brand of transistor radio you used?

I know, I'll get my coat....................

Thanks again,

Andy

P.S. Can't wait for the new Dwarf.
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Old 27-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #14
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Why is it that whenever I see this model, I hear that goofy music from 'gold'?
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Old 27-08-2012, 10:47 PM   #15
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Hi Ham!
Whenever I see this model, I see the very obvious electronic eliptical mattes surrounding it! Those were the days before digital! Hope you remember the design and detail. Just whistle the 'Blue Danube'. It helps!
Cheers, Bill.
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Whenever I see this model, I see the very obvious electronic eliptical mattes surrounding it! Those were the days before digital! Hope you remember the design and detail. Just whistle the 'Blue Danube'. It helps!
Cheers, Bill.
It still looked great...I remember that it was possibly the most convincing looking model in the show.

What was it that Tarrant said? "They look like they're having a good time'.
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Old 28-08-2012, 07:17 PM   #17
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Hi Guys!

Thought I owed you this. When I designed the original ship - it travelled in a 'flat move'.In other words - the 'wings' were horizontal - not vertical! It's only when the script described it as a luxury yacht, I removed the nose section, turned it on it's side - along with the rest of the model, and added the small stabilizer fins. It was also originally blue in colour. But the blue screen process changed that!
Always be open to change - and lucky accidents.

Cheers, Bill.
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Hi Guys!

Thought I owed you this. When I designed the original ship - it travelled in a 'flat move'.In other words - the 'wings' were horizontal - not vertical! It's only when the script described it as a luxury yacht, I removed the nose section, turned it on it's side - along with the rest of the model, and added the small stabilizer fins. It was also originally blue in colour. But the blue screen process changed that!
Always be open to change - and lucky accidents.

Cheers, Bill.
Now that is interesting...reminds me of the ST: TNG romulan ship, only that went from vertical to horizontal. Shooting it vertical makes it look bigger and more impressive....
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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Great looking ship that. Be interesting to see it fully restored
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Old 12-12-2012, 03:28 AM   #20
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Hi Andy!

Gawd! you've got a task ahead - to restore 'The Princess'.Wish I could be more help - but years of chemical (adhesives - mainly!) have taken their toll!
All the Best, Bill.
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