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Old 14-05-2014, 06:42 AM   #1
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I know its a bit sad but ive always wondered about the varying power output of thwe Liberator guns. One minute Jenna is blowing small holes in concrete walls and the next Avon is producing grenade type explosions. Whereas i know its simply different directors calling for the appropriate effect ive always wanted to explain it within the series. my hypothesis is that the liberator handgun has varying levels and this is adjusted by twisting the outer ring of the trigger button. The lowest setting will deal with most unarmoured humanoid beings and the highest setting would take out a small ship, light armoured vehicles and the occasional Dalek. Discuss???
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Old 14-05-2014, 07:20 AM   #2
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I know its a bit sad but ive always wondered about the varying power output of thwe Liberator guns. One minute Jenna is blowing small holes in concrete walls and the next Avon is producing grenade type explosions. Whereas i know its simply different directors calling for the appropriate effect ive always wanted to explain it within the series. my hypothesis is that the liberator handgun has varying levels and this is adjusted by twisting the outer ring of the trigger button. The lowest setting will deal with most unarmoured humanoid beings and the highest setting would take out a small ship, light armoured vehicles and the occasional Dalek. Discuss???
I'd thought about that too...But since there is no clear way it's adjusted, I thought that:

1. There is a control on the power box. after all, they already have a twist ring, don't they?

2. There are multiple power boxes on the belt...each for a different setting.

3. the intensity varies with distance: the 'lance' can detect the distance to target. The farther away, the more power.
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Old 14-05-2014, 05:33 PM   #3
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Maybe it's how hard they press the button.
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Old 14-05-2014, 07:52 PM   #4
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good idea there.
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I added power twist switches to my power boxes. Ive also changed the lighting effect to a strobe - makes it more interesting
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Old 18-08-2015, 06:15 PM   #6
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On the Season One props... the power box attached directly to the gun had some sort of flat semi conical type dial under the leather, either towards the front or dead centre of the outside side. I suspect this was to prevent the cast from either wasting power or something...the other boxes may have been back-ups, or just dummies to give the setup a believable military feel. I can't recall if the other power packs were the same size or if the were arranged to look sightly different. By Season Two, there is just one power pack..worn either on the original belts or on the actors costume belts..a practice that became more common by season 3, I think the gear for the holster itself changed across the 3 seasons.

That said, with these changes the power dial was dropped..maybe it was a fake, maybe they realized that the poor connection provided by the cord connectors was more likely the culprit for drained gun batteries...but I always felt the inaccuracies in shot results/impact was based (in the story anyway) on a 'dial on the box'...rather than the real cause..a lack of continuity control by the FX department. Also when Avon gets that grenade like response..wasn't he firing on that explosive self-healing rainbow IDE cable at what the thought was "Star One"?

Perhaps that was the intent of the FX dept having different levels of power coming from the guns..depending on what they were firing at, explosives or inanimate objects..kapow/squib..people=bad acting death..least Mary Whitehouse might be watching!
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