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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian

There are several colour images from this black and white episode, but as far as I can remember none them show the holes, or the prop.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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There are several colour images from this black and white episode, but as far as I can remember none them show the holes, or the prop.


Mmmmm, In that case I think I'll stick to aluminium Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well that's all the main pieces cut and roughly assembled ...



All that remains is some sanding, an undercoat followed by the main paint job, oh and to make the miniature camera of course Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brilliant work Ian. These are fantastic re-creations. Here's a classic one from Epic you might like to try. I'll look for more suggestions Smile
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Brilliant work Ian. These are fantastic re-creations. Here's a classic one from Epic you might like to try. I'll look for more suggestions Smile
James


Hello James, that's kind thank you. As for the clapperboard, I had the original prop hanging on the wall in my lounge for many years (see below) prior to selling it in 2007. It's something I would very much like to recreate in the near future Wink

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think I'm right in saying that the original clapperboard was hung in the office that Brain Clemens and Albert Fennell shared at Elstree Studios after they finished making The Avengers and they were busy with Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter and And Soon the Darkness.

I'd be interested to know how you came to own the clapperboard?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a fabulous prop.
I would have bid for it Smile
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I think I'm right in saying that the original clapperboard was hung in the office that Brain Clemens and Albert Fennell shared at Elstree Studios after they finished making The Avengers and they were busy with Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter and And Soon the Darkness.

I'd be interested to know how you came to own the clapperboard?


Mike, if my memory serves me correctly I acquired it around 1999/2000. In any event it was very soon after the release of the Avengers movie. At the time my quite considerably Avengers collection had been featured in the national and local papers. A few weeks later I was contacted by a man who quite bizarrely lived in literally the next road to mine. Apparently he had recently bought a very large box of old 1960's films and photographic equipment. At the bottom of the box was, he said, what appeared to be an old clapperboard used during the production of The Avengers. He said if I thought it was of interest to me I was welcome to go and have a look at it. The following day I walked round to his house expecting to see some sort of generic board that had been used on one of the episodes. Of course I recognised it as the 'Epic' prop immediately. And as you can see from the picture of it on my wall it could be screen matched down to every letter spacing and blemish, there is no doubt it was/is the original prop. Shortly after that I was told that it originally hung in Brian Clemens office and could be seen hanging on the wall behind him in a documentary he had done. How it got from Clemens office into the box of old photographic equipment and then into the road parallel to my home is anyone's guess. Bizarre indeed. But then I also owned Steed's red priority pass from 'The Positive Negative Man', and that (I believe I'm right in saying) literally fell out the back of script !


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mrs_emma_peel wrote:
It's a fabulous prop.
I would have bid for it Smile


It's a great prop. I paid 90.00 for it in the late 90's and it sold in excess of 1500.00 in 2007.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ian

As you say that is bizzare, thanks for the insight. I was sure there had to be a story behind how you came across this item.
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Well according to a guy over on the RPF the actual flags themselves were pale blue ?

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Well that's that all built, finished, sanded, smoothed down and undercoated. It's a fair sized prop, when fully extended it's nearly 7 foot tall Shocked The miniature spy camera slides out from inside the post just like it does in the episode Very Happy I'll leave it to dry out for a day or two, then if there's a warmish day later in the week I'll spray paint it up, then add the finishing touches, the little glass lens to the camera and astro turf to the base. Later I'll add the Craigleigh Golf ball and the donut bomb.


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There were obviously more than one of these No.13 flag props used in the filming of the episode, it's clearly not the same prop used in every scene, it alters from shot to shot.



The numbers 1 and 3 appear to have been cut or painted free hand as they change shape from one flag to another, one set of numbers is smooth and looks painted on, the other badly wrinkled and looks like a sticker. The upper and lower flag support brackets not only change size but colour too, and there is a mount ring under the bottom bracket on one post but missing on another !


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I managed to get it painted today before the rain set in. I thought about it, and opted for a blue flag. While there is no evidence that this was the true colour, I have based it on someones vague recollection of a colour picture in a TV guide. It would have been satisfying to get it right, but 50 years on and with no colour reference material to go by I suppose 'guesstimation' is as good as it gets. I set about weathering it down after I finished painting it, a few chips and bits of grime add to it's realism. The original prop looks pretty knocked about, but then it is supposed to have been out on a golf course and subjected to the elements Smile The top of the base is coated with astro turf, I'll complete the base with the golf ball and bomb at a later date.

Finished:





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... next two projects, Mrs Peel's monochrome and colour era doorbells.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I managed to get it painted today before the rain set in. I thought about it, and opted for a blue flag. While there is no evidence that this was the true colour, I have based it on someones vague recollection of a colour picture in a TV guide. It would have been satisfying to get it right, but 50 years on and with no colour reference material to go by I suppose 'guesstimation' is as good as it gets. I set about weathering it down after I finished painting it, a few chips and bits of grime add to it's realism. The original prop looks pretty knocked about, but then it is supposed to have been out on a golf course and subjected to the elements Smile The top of the base is coated with astro turf, I'll complete the base with the golf ball and bomb at a later date.

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Ian

You must get a great sense of satisfaction from building these props and this one looks very authentic.
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... next two projects, Mrs Peel's monochrome and colour era doorbells.



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You must get a great sense of satisfaction from building these props and this one looks very authentic.


It's fun, and it satisfies my huge creative streak, but it's what to do with them when they're completed, some of them are big pieces. I mean this ones now stood in the kitchen, and I'm thinking to myself, 'OK now what, what the hell are you going to do with that !' Confused
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MikeR wrote:
Ian

You must get a great sense of satisfaction from building these props and this one looks very authentic.


It's fun, and it satisfies my huge creative streak, but it's what to do with them when they're completed, some of them are big pieces. I mean this ones now stood in the kitchen, and I'm thinking to myself, 'OK now what, what the hell are you going to do with that !' Confused


Ian

Do you have a study or a room where they could all be displayed or stored?
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MikeR wrote:
Ian

You must get a great sense of satisfaction from building these props and this one looks very authentic.


It's fun, and it satisfies my huge creative streak, but it's what to do with them when they're completed, some of them are big pieces. I mean this ones now stood in the kitchen, and I'm thinking to myself, 'OK now what, what the hell are you going to do with that !' Confused


Ian

Do you have a study or a room where they could all be displayed or stored?


I did Mike, about 10 years ago, when I had my commercial Avengers collection, but that room has long since been converted. I was accused last week of hiding behind the curtains and not answering the front door, explaining that it was in fact a Cybernaut standing in the corner of the lounge was a little embarrassing ! What with that, a flag pole in the kitchen, a bomb on the coffee table, a manic looking ventriloquist dummy sitting on the lounge floor, and all the other strange looking Avengers related props laying around the place, I'm starting to get a reputation as the village weirdo ! I'm don't really collect anything now, it's the enjoyment of creating the props more than the owning of them these days.


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