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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:03 am    Post subject: From Venus With Love, Laser Gun & Other Replicas Reply with quote

I'd forgotten about this bad boy Very Happy It should be fun to build. It'll certainly keep me off the streets this week. I'll start it in the morning Wink



Oh and the book Smile


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember talking to a friend Martin Holder some years ago and he told me about somone he knew who bought two books from a prop sale. The books had been used in the Jason King TV series and they two Mark Caine paperback novels, which were nothing more than ordinary paperbacks with custom covers stuck on them. I would think that Venus, Our Sister Planet was nothing more than a custom dustjacket put on a standard book, that was probably already in the props department at Elstree Studios.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2016 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I remember talking to a friend Martin Holder some years ago and he told me about somone he knew who bought two books from a prop sale. The books had been used in the Jason King TV series and they two Mark Caine paperback novels, which were nothing more than ordinary paperbacks with custom covers stuck on them. I would think that Venus, Our Sister Planet was nothing more than a custom dustjacket put on a standard book, that was probably already in the props department at Elstree Studios.


I've started working on a rough layout for the dust jacket Wink It's pretty basic. It still needs the edge of the white planet to be slightly blurred and some tweaking to the text (which looks like it should be a very pale blue) but that's pretty much it done.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bert Smith's flyer, one of my favourite characters in the show. his 'services to Queen Anne's Flu' quip was the funniest in the entire Avengers series Laughing


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Venus laser gun always reminded me of the Johnny Seven gun I used to have as a kid.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TrueIndigo wrote:
The Venus laser gun always reminded me of the Johnny Seven gun I used to have as a kid.


I had one too, could never get the grenade to launch lol
It probably was a Johnny Seven gun originally Smile The Amnesia gun used in TFMK was almost certainly a converted plastic Lonestar James Bond Lugar pistol. In reality the back of the laser looks like it's an 8mm movie camera.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 2016 5:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After finding a suitable hardback donor book in my local charity shop, the prop is complete, just needs a glass of whisky to finish it off Wink


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bottle of beer, surely? I think only old Sir Freddie Hadders had whiskey.
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After some weeks delay I started work on the laser gun this morning, I've been really studying it from various screen captures, it's a very unusual prop in that its main body is quite a complex mixture of different size units of varying shapes which appear to be seamlessly joined, to make matters worse you never get to see the other side of it to help gauge how they all fit together Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2017 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure that a full scale, accurate replica of this laser gun can be built from household junk. Here's what I've cobbled together thus far after a quick rummage through the garage and the bin.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2017 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Starting to take shape Smile


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A quick stack up of the parts done so far today. I've not fixed anything in place, it's just to check everything is matching up Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking great! I think the original was probably an off the shelf toy gun that they chopped up and glued a lot of pieces to - the trigger and grip look like hey're from an M16.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dissolute wrote:
Looking great! I think the original was probably an off the shelf toy gun that they chopped up and glued a lot of pieces to - the trigger and grip look like hey're from an M16.


I think the grip and back end section is actually a Chinon 8MM movie camera.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 28, 2017 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, okay. I see it has two grips, one diagonal, one straight with a trigger

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Oh, okay. I see it has two grips, one diagonal, one straight with a trigger


I think you may be right re: the gun handle and trigger Piers. I just thought it looked terribly thick in the larger image to be a gun handle. It struck me as more in tune with an 8MM movie camera facing backwards.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Finding this nozzle piece has been an absolute nightmare.



I finally settled on having to cast it in resin, in two sections, using two molds. One mold created from a portion of a lid taken off a deodorant can, and the other by using part of a plastic Christmas bauble. When released, bonded together, and the seam filled, the piece should be virtually spot on Wink


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Very happy with how that turned out Smile



Quicker than a peroxide rinse Wink



I know it all looks a bit crooked but it's not been bonded together yet, and I've been making some adjustments to the top to make it more screen accurate. Hopefully, if I wire it up right, when you flick the switch it'll fire the laser, well turn on the ultra bright blue led anyway Wink


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trigger and hand grip construction this morning Wink

Cut a template from card, then from that cut the front and back pieces from hardboard,




Then I cut a 3rd piece from hard foam and sandwiched that between the hardboard shell using Apoxy Resin.



Did the same for the hand grip.



Finally filled the outer section with resin paste and then sanded it all flush. Messy job but someone has to do it Wink


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