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TwitchyA2



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 17, 2014 8:01 pm    Post subject: Rear Nostromo lights ? Reply with quote

Hi, I'm new to the site, so fingers crossed.
I've just finished moving, unpacking and starting all my kits. The Halycon Nostromo's first on the list. I want to add lights, but want to make sure their right. As the ship lands it appears to have a couple of strong lights just in front of the engines on the underside.
Cant decide if there just lights for the filming or not. Anybody got any ideas.
Thanks https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQD6adDq5nwcz-fO7asodJyzoouw2CoxE_DxH5NY8aSarB8l3PP
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome TwitchyA2 An intricate light rig was built by the model makers for the underbelly (was never used or even filmed if my memory serves me well)...so those lights you see on the filming model seems to have been put there for a more dramatic landing shot.
I'm sure others will chime in with more info Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:25 am    Post subject: Thx Joberg Reply with quote

Yeah, knew about the underbelly lighting rigs. I definitely want to try and add the flood lights. thanks for the reply Joberg, yours TA2

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Rear Lights Reply with quote

Found this http://www.blastr.com/sites/blastr/files/styles/media_gallery_image/public/Z3XBKrZ.jpg?itok=178bLFvC

Whether these are just for effect or not, at last I found a foto of the side position
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the pic...seems like probably 4 lights all in all
Funny, but it seems (and I could be wrong) that the restored model doesn't have those lights...maybe I didn't pay attention.

This could warrant a closer look for sure Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty sure those lights were only attached for use in the landing scene - I never liked them.
At scale they'd have to be 30 / 40' in diameter.
I imagine that once they'd been filmed they went back into Nick Adlerís stock to be reused on another production, and which is why they werenít part of the restoration process.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Pro-Mod, I wasn't imagining things about those lights Very Happy
As far as I'm concerned, I wouldn't try to put them on the Alcyon model either Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote






Well, I'd use diodes or strips of LEDs
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2014 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFS mirektuner...yep, that's the rig alright. Made more sense (and scale) than the big projectors Confused
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, this is my first post. Great to be around people with tremendous talent, enthusiasm and knowledge. Hope I can make a positive contribution.

In conversation with Dennis Lowe, he told me how he had devised and wired the spectacular blue landing light rig which Ridley rejected as just being too 'discotheque' for the atmosphere he was trying to achieve for the landing sequence. Instead, a daisy chain of lights was installed under the Nostromo's belly- not at all dissimilar to a string of Christmas lights. The lamps at the rear were par can lanterns (ordinary stage/theatre lights) bolted to the rear of the ship and only attached for this one filmed sequence.

The par cans gave a brutally effective bow view- a harsh, dazzling backlight. Less so when seen from the side.

I can't imagine the bulky and roughly-rigged stern lights used on the shoot being successfully integrated on a replica model.

Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to Propsummit PF Flyer. TFS with us these little behind-the-scene titbits. I don't know if I like the rig, or Ridley's solution Confused

Maybe that, according to the circumstance of the shooting SRS opted for maximum effect (lights, smoke are his specialties after all Very Happy ).
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember Bill Pearson saying that he was there when they tested Dennis's rig and joked within earshot of Ridley that it 'looked a bit like a Christmas tree.'
It was quickly dismissed and never seen again!
So it's must be Billís fault that they stuck those hideous lights to the underside. LOL
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Joberg for the welcome, much appreciated.

Pro Mod, Ridley is ultimately responsible for the landing lights. I love the alternate rig though.

Just hope all this is a help for Twitchy. The rally car spotlamp aesthetic isn't really going to work on a replica! I like Dennis' alternative a lot. Ridley's plan looked great from the front though. It really did.
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