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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2016 8:45 pm    Post subject: Props of the Avengers Reply with quote

Lords, I know it was the mid to late 60's, and I've never noticed it before really scrutinising the items in order to replicate them, but some of the props used in the show were really badly made. In close up the Cybernaut head is quite rough and pondering how I would replicate the war medals on the General seen in 'Who Was That Man I Saw You With' I couldn't believe that on close inspection they were simply and crudely drawn on using felt tip pens !

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting, Brigadier Whitehead's medals look like actual ribbon, as do Major Fancy's
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course the props weren't designed for close scrutiny, DVD pauses etc. It's the sets which sparkle, while the props tend to serve a purpose.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder what happened to props such as Emma Peel's named doorbell which was, I think, in The Town Of No Return and still around in Epic?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wonder what happened to props such as Emma Peel's named doorbell which was, I think, in The Town Of No Return and still around in Epic?
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It was different in the colour series wasn't it ? A fancy pewter cherub encrusted affair, in the monochrome series it was a tacky giant cyclops eye.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can anyone think of any significant props seen in the Cathy Gale era ? I've wracked my brain, but apart from Mr Teddy Bear I can't think of a single one Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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The Golden Eggs


Ah yes ! Thanks Mike, I'll be sure to look into that one.

...And I have this morning. What a brilliant piece to build, complete with the golden eggs. I wanted something from the Gale era and this is perfect Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 3:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian

Glad to be of assistance. How about another suggestion, although it is from a colour Rigg episode and that is Benstead's treaure chest from Dead Man's Treasure?


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Glad to be of assistance. How about the another suggestion, although it is from a colour Rigg episode and that is Benstead's treaure chest from Dead Man's Treasure?


See my PM Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Given the interest in purchasing scripts etc, I wonder what the value for a true fan of the show would be for some of the larger props. It is a great shame that there isn't an Avengers museum with real or reproduced sets and props in it. Mind you, I'd probably want to spend half my time in it. I guess that is half of the appeal of the annual treasure/location hunt. A sense of history.
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Given the interest in purchasing scripts etc, I wonder what the value for a true fan of the show would be for some of the larger props. It is a great shame that there isn't an Avengers museum with real or reproduced sets and props in it. Mind you, I'd probably want to spend half my time in it. I guess that is half of the appeal of the annual treasure/location hunt. A sense of history.


Come round here, It's rapidly turning into Avengerland Rolling Eyes
Wasn't Linda Thorson thinking of opening an Avengers themed cafe in London many years ago ?
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Watched Deadman's Treasure this morning, 'Benstead's Treasure Chest' is referred to as being red, although on my screen it's clearly pink (odd colour for a treasure chest !). So my qustion is this, is it just my TV or does everyone see it as pink ? And if so, was it red in real life but just appears pink on screen ?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Avengerholic wrote:
Watched Deadman's Treasure this morning, 'Benstead's Treasure Chest' is referred to as being red, although on my screen it's clearly pink (odd colour for a treasure chest !). So my qustion is this, is it just my TV or does everyone see it as pink ? And if so, was it red in real life but just appears pink on screen ?



That scene seems to have a colour balance issue as the chest is red just before and underneath the opening titles super.


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Rodders wrote:
Given the interest in purchasing scripts etc, I wonder what the value for a true fan of the show would be for some of the larger props. It is a great shame that there isn't an Avengers museum with real or reproduced sets and props in it. Mind you, I'd probably want to spend half my time in it. I guess that is half of the appeal of the annual treasure/location hunt. A sense of history.


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Wasn't Linda Thorson thinking of opening an Avengers themed cafe in London many years ago ?


The Avengers Studio Kafé

The Daily Mirror’s TV Weekly section covering 23 to 29 April 1994 ran an interesting piece in which reporter Neil Murray outlined Linda Thorson’s plans to open a The Avengers-themed restaurant in London. Obviously influenced by the successful Planet Hollywood chain that had been established three years earlier, Thorson envisaged her The Avengers Studio Kafé as having a huge interactive video wall and a working television studio, which celebrities could visit. The restaurant would include memorabilia not only from The Avengers but also from other television series, with the waitresses’ outfits being bowler hats, mini dresses and black leather boots. Unfortunately, this ambitious concept never progressed any further than an idea.

This taken from a certain book.

I could never discover anything further, even talking to yet another Treasure Hunt regular B Jones (who is a personal friend of Linda's), who could tell me nothing more regarding the ambitious project.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That scene seems to have a colour balance issue as the chest is red just before and underneath the opening titles super.


Thank you Piers, although it still looks pink to me in your grab, especially when you compare it to the 'red' leather matt it's stood on Question
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indeed, jasper rather than scarlet
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the colour of the chest: I don't have the episode on DVD to check myself, but do you get to see it under any other lighting conditions? Does it look different or is it consistent? In colour balancing the colour pairings are: Red+Cyan, Green+Magenta, Blue+Yellow (ie. adding more of one reduces the other, reducing one increases the colour intensity of the other pairing). In the first frame grab the white envelop/invitation looks like it has a little cyan pollution? I think that is also just noticeable in what should have been a good neutrality of the gray coat - it also seems a bit bluish. So a slight cyan cast would mean less red in the red component of the image, which is perhaps why the chest colour is a bit off in that frame. The second frame grab looks more evenly balanced in comparison - the white papers on the desk look reasonably white - so the rest of the colours are probably accurate as well. Would be useful to see other shots in different light to be absolutely sure, though.
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Regarding the colour of the chest: I don't have the episode on DVD to check myself, but do you get to see it under any other lighting conditions? Does it look different or is it consistent? In colour balancing the colour pairings are: Red+Cyan, Green+Magenta, Blue+Yellow (ie. adding more of one reduces the other, reducing one increases the colour intensity of the other pairing). In the first frame grab the white envelop/invitation looks like it has a little cyan pollution? I think that is also just noticeable in what should have been a good neutrality of the gray coat - it also seems a bit bluish. So a slight cyan cast would mean less red in the red component of the image, which is perhaps why the chest colour is a bit off in that frame. The second frame grab looks more evenly balanced in comparison - the white papers on the desk look reasonably white - so the rest of the colours are probably accurate as well. Would be useful to see other shots in different light to be absolutely sure, though.


You really only get to see it in two scenes, at the start and at the end of the episode. Here it is at the start and in the finale ...


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There definitely seems to be a colour shift during the title card shot as it appears a different shade in all the other scenes. These are .png screengrabs from the Blu-ray:










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