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Old 07-12-2010, 09:45 PM   #41
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Those pictures are more than 10 years old, i don't own the part but
a private collector does, i can't help you anymore, sorry !
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:18 PM   #42
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I have always wondered, did they shoot any additional footage of the travel tube after the first episode? It just seemed like the same 3-4 shots endlessly repeated.

its much the same for the Eagle lift off,the same shots from different angles,in season one.

Film is money!
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:02 PM   #43
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I have always wondered, did they shoot any additional footage of the travel tube after the first episode? It just seemed like the same 3-4 shots endlessly repeated.
Frankly by GA standards that is lavish. Just look at the Interceptor launch sequence in UFO. Errr 1 shot? Great sequence but its now burned into my retinas.

This is great stuff about the travel tube tho, always thought it was a great effect. Thanks to everyone for sharing their images.
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Old 08-12-2010, 01:21 AM   #44
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Frankly by GA standards that is lavish. Just look at the Interceptor launch sequence in UFO. Errr 1 shot? Great sequence but its now burned into my retinas.

This is great stuff about the travel tube tho, always thought it was a great effect. Thanks to everyone for sharing their images.
Too true... I've been watching Stingray for the first time and each time their "called to action" it's the same damn launch, same damn fish.

I'm so thrilled with this thread. Spotted the pic a long time ago and had been trying to figure out how to make one based on layering for the internal lighting shining through. So great to see the back side of the original model to help explain a bit. Thanks NeoGoglu!!!!

I was hoping to talk with a friend of mine about laser-cutting the pieces with his machine but don't know where to begin with giving him the plans. Perhaps someone on here might come up with a kit now that we're all in awe. If someone shares that with me I would get my friend right on producing those kits... I'm thinking a back lit wall clock would be the most obvious item!

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Old 08-12-2010, 02:00 AM   #45
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I chose a different colour for the door as it's a different assembly in the CAD drawing Package. I think you are right though Rob, the door needs a little fettling.

I'll see to it next week when I've more time. Be nice to make a clock from this eh?

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I already made a test sample with the clock idea in mind, this was made about 6 months ago and is only 6" across, the next one will be full size. I am posting this to illustrate the layers that recess the door and explain how the lighting worked. please note none of the materials used are to scale thickness, just for illustration to explain my thinking. If you imagine only the flat faces get paint to the outside, all the cut edges and the backs of the parts are left clear. Place a light behind the model allowing it to spill from around the edges you will get the effect shown in the screen grabs.

To help register the parts in their correct places I laser engraved the tiling pattern on the models face prior to cutting the parts. When I get the time to make a kit this is the way I am planning to do it.

What do you think?

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Old 08-12-2010, 02:17 AM   #46
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Sorry.... must have skimmed over that posting quickly. Can't wait to see the final outcome here. I'm sure you're quite busy with taking on the entire moonbase itself.
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Old 08-12-2010, 02:51 AM   #47
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So in this screen shot does the front of the travel tube car seem like it's rounded off at the ends? Or do you think it's the lighting?




Looking at this picture the top of the travel tube car looks to be rounded off but the bottom looks squared off. So I guess this shows it's just and illusion with the lighting.
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:18 AM   #48
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Brilliant work Cap'n

put me down for a kit pls
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Old 08-12-2010, 09:16 AM   #49
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superb laser work and draughting. Put my name down for a set of parts.
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Old 08-12-2010, 10:16 AM   #50
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Yep, I'm in too, amazing work cap'n
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:20 AM   #51
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Thanks for the information DX. Btw I sent you an email (squarecurve@yahoo.com) about the 22"/23" Eagle decals for my lab eagle. I also asked if you had the circular decals with the squiggly lines in them for the side pods.
Thanks, John.
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Old 08-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #52
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Thumbs up Travel Tube end plate kit....

Hi Guys,

I will be producing this end plate as a kit in full size just as soon as I am done with current work. I hope this will be around the end of January.

The kit will be the Perspex (Plexiglass) plates and styrene tile details and door frame domes and tubes. It will be exactly as shown with the plates pre-engraved to make assembly easy. I can't find a supplier for the main body tube but can supply discs and bulkheads for you to roll a styrene one.

All pricing and ordering details will be posted here after Christmas so watch this space.

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Old 08-12-2010, 01:00 PM   #53
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Hi Guys,

As follows:
  • The edges of the styrene parts look rough because they are, I was cutting another job and rather than change the focus or power settings I just loaded the styrene and cut away. The laser really needed to be refocussed to allow for the much thinner material and have it power turned down to 10% or less, I was in a hurry and this was a quick test piece.
  • Yes I can engrave the diamond cross hatch pattern for the door layer. It isn't the same but it will be a really good representation.
  • The other end of the tube design is speculation. I have never seen any images apart from Keith Young's Technical Manual drawing. I would use what I have and just omit the door. I could add another set of tiles as a second row within the first I guess. Let's wait until I have a little more time and I'll produce some different drawings to see what is in keeping to the original design.

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:34 PM   #54
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Anyway, you need a door in the back of the unit
to access those damn monitors.

BTW, i work in a TV station as a field engineer, Eh !

I need that door !
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Old 08-12-2010, 08:27 PM   #55
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Default Question answered....

Two doors it is then, I listen to the experts and go with what is needed.

I have to agree the actual set is a blank wall but it just makes sense to me that the car would have a door at both ends as indicated in the shots.

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Old 08-12-2010, 10:09 PM   #56
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Seriously Captain, if you ever sell a fullsize or midsize travel tube kit,
i will only buy the front part, i don't expect to build a studio scale
travel tube in the near future, so you can do whatever you want
with the backwall

Can't wait to see the finished product
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Old 08-12-2010, 11:07 PM   #57
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Ok, I will go ahead and make a full size prototype of just the end panel. It's on the list for end of Jan, it's going to be a busy new year....

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Old 09-12-2010, 03:03 AM   #58
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I don't know if my opinion means anything though I started this thread but I have always considered that one side of the car would be blank and not have a door. But in all reality, if this were to be a real travel tube car I would think that doors on both sides would make more sense.
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Old 09-12-2010, 03:21 AM   #59
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Look at the following sequence, there are clearly 2 different doors.

At the front, it's white.

At the back, it's red.

It was done on purpose, i'm 100% sure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IDehlXNGUo#t=6m30s
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Old 09-12-2010, 07:19 AM   #60
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It's still great to see the hardware in action, yes white to the front and red to the rear just like regular car lights.

Also I now realise why they had a side and front doors, clever design, and my appreciation goes up one more notch, thank you Brian Johnson. I think this was the whole point of the travel tube. It may have only been seen in a few shots but it added so much to the dynamic realism of the scene, Alpha was a big sprawling network and the travel tube maintained this illusion.

Thanks Neo, good research.

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