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Spindrift from Land of the Giants

 
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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: Spindrift from Land of the Giants Reply with quote

Been workign on this repop by Polar Lights of the old Aurora Spindrift kit. This was the hero suborbital transport from Irwin Allen's 1960's TV show "Land of the Giants".

Anyway, I've just finished decaling her and applying two coats of gloss lacquer to seal the decals...


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

Nice stern glossiness:


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

And the beauty shot:


Spindrift Decal Sealing by trekriffic, on Flickr

I'm after more of a satin finish though so she'll get a single shot of Dullcote to bring down the shine.

After that I'll attach her to the metal display tube before wiring her to the base. This model lights up and has a full interior complete with scratch made passengers and crew. The engines even pulse up and down like on the show.
If you guys (and gals) want to see pics of the crew let me know!
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Gord Green
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautiful work!

I always thought the Spindrift had a sort of Art Deco-Neo Futurist kind of look. Your work really makes it pop!

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Krel
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In an old Star Log interview, Paul Zastupnevich said that the Spindrift is upside down to how it was designed. The designer brought Irwin Allen a study model of the Spindrift. IA took one look and turned it upside down saying no, it goes this way. I presume the original configuration was to make lighting the inside set easier, as they could leave the roof off. Also the door is on the opposite side than it should be.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Sorry, but I'm having difficulty believing that this design —






— was supposed to be oriented this way.


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I suppose the original design might have been different enough from this final design that it could be inverted without looking quite so horrible wrong.

Something like this.






BY gum, I almost like this better! Maybe those guys were right after all. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud consider this. They built at least a partial full-scale Spindrit (I don't ever recall seeing the left side, or the stern) on the soundstage. They knew that the mock-up was going to have an interior so you could see the actors in the ship. Which would be easier to light? A mock-up with a round, enclosed roof? Or a mock-up with a wide, gently curved roof that you could leave off for the lighting rig?

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The design of the Spindrift looked like a pop-art mashup of the Proteus from FANTASTIC VOYAGE and the flying sub from VTTBOTS. There are a few good views of it online.














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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Something like this.




Oooh! Now that looks like something from Flash Gordon!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are some of the passengers...

Valerie Scott, the spoiled jet-setting heiress:


Deanna Lund as Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

My facsimile made from parts taken from Caesar Miniatures urban resisters (sic) figures, putty, and wire. The dress is even plaid:

Valerie Scott Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr

Alexander Fitzhugh, the nervous bank robber:


Fitzhugh by trekriffic, on Flickr

The passenger. I made sure to show him clutching his valise full of cash:


Alexander Fitzhugh by trekriffic, on Flickr

Betty Hamilton, the nurturing stewardess. I thought she was so hot:


Betty Hamilton by trekriffic, on Flickr

The figure:


Betty Hamilton by trekriffic, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Nice work! What material are they made of? Cool

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mark Wilson, the impatient engineer businessman:


Mark Wilson by trekriffic, on Flickr

The figure:


Mark Wilson by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dan Erickson, copilot:


Dan Erickson by trekriffic, on Flickr

Dan standing. He's the only standing figure:


Dan Erickson Front by trekriffic, on Flickr

Steve Wilson, the heroic pilot:


Steve Burton by trekriffic, on Flickr

Next to Mark Wilson figure. Can't believe I didn't get more pics of Steve:


Finished Mark Wilson and Steve Burton Figures by trekriffic, on Flickr
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trekriffic
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bud Brewster wrote:
Nice work! What material are they made of? Cool

I cut up pieces of these figures:


Modern Urban Resisters (aka Terrorists) by trekriffic, on Flickr

Then pieced together the legs and arms, resculpted the heads and faces using an exacto knife and AVES sculpting clay, puttied and carved to the right body shape or size and added clothing. A multimedia creation every one. Primed with lacquer and brushed with mixes of Testors enamel paint:

Here's Betty in progress. Sometimes I used parts from the model kit like Betty's lower legs and arms:


Betty Hamilton Figure in Progress by trekriffic, on Flickr

Here's Valerie before brushing with Testors enamels:


Valerie Scott by trekriffic, on Flickr

Poor Fitzhugh really needs to pull himself together:


Alexander Fitzhugh - Pull Yourself Together Man! by trekriffic, on Flickr

Fitzhugh before paint. His valise is made from a tiny block of styrene sheet:


Fitzhugh WIP by trekriffic, on Flickr

Mark Wilson before paint:


Mark Wilson Tie by trekriffic, on Flickr

Finally Barry, the orphan boy, with his pain in the butt dog Chipper in his lap:


Chipper and Barry by trekriffic, on Flickr

In putty:


Barry Lockridge by trekriffic, on Flickr

Done!


Barry and Chipper Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr


Barry and Chipper Finished by trekriffic, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wow, that's a great series of pictures and a fine explanation of how you used various techniques and materials to get those great results! Very Happy

Thanks, trekriffic!

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Something I forgot. I don't remember his name, but the Spindrift was designed by the man that designed the Flying Sub. It wasn't Harper Goff.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Krel wrote:
Something I forgot. I don't remember his name, but the Spindrift was designed by the man that designed the Flying Sub. It wasn't Harper Goff.

According to internet sources, the designer of the Flying Sub was William Creber, while the Spindrift was designed by Rodger A. Maus (who also designed the Space Pod from Lost in Space).
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