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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, this is an older post and discussion also, but since my V.K. debacle and the frustration of trying to make a working prop ...well, I simply wasn't in the mood for building anything anymore; that's right, I was done with this particular machine and props in general.
So after all this time, I cleaned what I had and built what I had.
I'll post more pics as it draw near completion and yes: this is the closest V.K. from the original prop (1st machine built by Michael Fink, not the one made with the U.K. video screen).
That's why I put it here so we can compare it to the pics Nick and Bwood had posted a long time ago it seems, but for me it's like a re-birth of some kind, not only the re-birth of a favorite if elusive prop, but also for me it's back at building props once again









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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good J, welcome back on the horse. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive work for sure, Joberg. I am so glad you have resumed work on this project with renewed energy and conviction. I applaud your efforts and will be watching your progress with great interest.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys A word about accuracy: it's a static piece and therefore not accurate (also some of the measurement and scale are a little off).
Is it the closest to the other V.Ks. found on the web (including the one I sold to Propsjonnyb)? Yes it is Cool I think we had that discussion before, but short of the real thing, it's only a close interpretation...maybe after building this one, I'll build another until I come close to the real machine.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good lord, that is an incredible build!!

Drool.

It's inspiring.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd still to get a better resolution version this pic from Bwood-


So much cool detail I'd love to check out!


Hell I'd love hi res version of any of those Bwood photos. They still blow my mind!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Noeland and thanks Nick for that big pic from Bwood, yes I wish his friend would've taken the time to publish more pics...
In the mean time: back to the build.
Little details that eluded us for so long, specially in the "trench".
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Much more to do/to come...so stay tuned
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry guys, that's all I've got. He who gave me those pictures is out of the VFX business at the present, and attending college back east to get his masters..
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, we'll just have to hunt him down Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

O.k. here's one of the missing pic and the transformation I did on one part of the machine. Since Nick blew-up Bwood's pic to a bigger size, I noticed to things:
1) The 2 "arms" produding from the rear of the machine seems hollow, something I hadn't seen on previous pics.
Hollow because the eye of the main arm has to fit inside the trench and the other part ot the said arm has to follow suit; that's why this part has now been transformed.
2) Looking at the machine from the rear, I noticed that the left hand side part (near the base of moving arm/eye) is also hollow. I believe it was done that way as to try to cram the electronic components behind that arm. When you see the machine's innards, it's pretty crowded in there.
I will not hollow that part, since it's a static prop and that that move couldn't make the arm move better anyway.

this is the old design.

this is now the new hollow design...more to come of course Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wondering if any of you have a good pic of the metal part of the arm...I think that it's full of little machined circles on the aluminium part?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another challenge of course is the arm...here's the beginning


More to come as I affix the pullies on top of the arm Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That finish on the aluminum is known as 'jeweled' and is quite common. Looks like you've got it down.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2013 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Bwood, I used metallic tape and sandpaper (180 grit) to achieve the "look"...I think it's looking good since I didn't have machined alu to do the arm Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the pullies are in place and the bottom painted black...now the search is on for a link belt Wink


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That arm is giving me grief Confused I had to hollow the part at the end near the main black box to make it pivot better. Now I'm trying to figure a way to make the entire eye piece turn toward the machine and then pivot again to fit into the trench, making it easier to transport (sleeker too).




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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

THIS looks awesome, my friend!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm really enjoying this thread. You're doing excellent work.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys, it's really appreciated. I'm taking a little break from the construction of the arm. I'll spend the next few days drawing the eye and building a mock-up to make sure everything fits...more to come for sure
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh mate, JB... How did I missed this build !!!

Shocked

Impressive work once again, eager to see the next update !!! (can't wait to see it with a coat of paint, or at least primered)

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