Battlestar Galactica and Buck Rogers Props

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Revell-Fan, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. bigdean65

    bigdean65 New Member

    Steve's Paper has some really sweet BSG stuff!

    Thanks for the link!!!:thumb:
  2. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    You're welcome. I'll be adding all the files to the BSG downloads section soon so that they can be found easier.
  3. johnmiic

    johnmiic New Member

    Hey folks! I drew those up after playing around with a lot of oaktag to get the idea of what it would look like. A most difficult ship to figure out because of all the different angles. There's a guy who did a plastic model and he had a different idea for the leading edge of the ship. So my specs might be off slightly. You have to compare with the sled as it was modified in the episode Olympiad.
  4. b0bman

    b0bman Member

    wait..... we can't? ooooops, time to get another cat! just joking
  5. L0rdgil49

    L0rdgil49 New Member

    awesome job on the cards!
  6. johnmiic

    johnmiic New Member

    For the Buck Rogers Cargo Sled you can check the Ralph McQuarrie page on Facebook. Apparently it was designed by him for a cancelled Douglas Trumbull project. The original configuration was closer to the ship used in Olympiad - a 1-2 person sled version. Tho I prefer the Buck, season 1 type ship. Also some really good reference photos here:
  7. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Yes, I read about that. The production team needed a special vehicle for that episode and had no chance to build one in time. So one of the members who had worked on the Trumbull project remembered that there was a similar design. They thought about it and when they realized that it hadn't been shown to the audience yet they decided to "borrow" and use it for "Buck". Recycling at its best! :)
  8. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    BSG Star Maps

    OK folks, here we go again! :)

    When I was watching the original BSG pilot episode again I noticed some items which would be cool to have but which haven't been made so far.

    First of all there are the star maps which are seen on the magnificent bridge set and inside the Council's Chamber. There are virtually identical with two exceptions: The main bridge map is HUGE, much wider than the Council's Chambers map (I guess it is at least 4 m wide), and the colours have been switched (orange-red/white ; white/orange-red):



    I still haven't figured out which material was used for them but it could be a glass window or an acrylic plate (I favour the first since you see one pane shatter in the episode "Fire In Space"). Both are designed similarly: The grid and numbers are glued to the front (obviously using self-adhesive coloured tape), the stars, planets and orbits are glued to the back side. That allowed the production department to easily change the positions of the stars, planets and orbits without damaging the grid pattern by accident. I was very surprised to see that they really changed the position of the stars and orbits from episode to episode to give the impression that the fleet was moving through space.


    This is the "clean" version of the smaller screen. You may use this to create your own star map.

    There is a third map with black suns/planets/orbits seen in the scene right before Starbuck, Apollo and Boomer man their Vipers to clear the mine field. Maybe I'll be doing this one as well. :)

    The pictures here are a small preview. The original files come as pdf and are in A2 and A3 format. The maps were created in CorelDRAW and can be scaled up / down easily without losing quality since they are vector graphics. You will find them in the Resource section shortly.

    Second, I saw something in Adama's quarters which I really missed the zillion times I was watching the show: A very nice set of book separators (don't know if they are called that way ;) ) shaped like an obelisk. These look etremely nice which was the reason for me to make them as well. I am still finding a suitable texture. Once they are ready they will be added to the Resource section, too.

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    source: Battlestar Galactica DVD box set / Universal Pictures

    CU later! ;)
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2015
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  9. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Now I have a question to all of you. There is an item on Adama's shelf which I am unable to define. It looks like a silver plate with a Warthog model on it but that's only a (VERY BAD) guess. Does anybody know what this might be? Maybe anyone has some screenshots from the BluRay?

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    source: Battlestar Galactica DVD box set / Universal pictures
  10. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    It's the Enterprise!, No wait, it looks more like the Reliant :)

    Or it's a bedpan, he was getting on a bit...;)

    Apologies for making Star Trek references in a BSG thread. ;)
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  11. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    These look very cool!!!
    I like the star maps.
    The obelisk bookend are interesting as well. I would suggest a sand texture for them. You can find free textures on the net.
    I am looking forward to seeing these.
  12. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    What episode is this from?
  13. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    The pilot episode "Saga of a Star World", most prominently seen when Adama and Tigh are talking about Baltar's intelligence reports.
  14. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    OK, I will look through my copy and see if I can figure it out.
  15. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    I just looked at it and I can not figure it out. SORRY!
  16. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

  17. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    @Cybergrinder : Star Trek - BSG - bedpan - LOL! Aren't we all a BIG family? :D:p:cool:
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  18. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Of course! It's quite interesting when you read what kits are bashed for making models for movies, and also what developers & special effects guys slip into games & movies!

    For example; I think we all know the Millenium Falcon joins the attack on the Borg in Star Trek First Contact?
    - R2-D2 appears in Star trek (reboot) (ILM did the effects for both movies)
    - Also in the 1999 game Homeworld the lifeboat from Alien appears in the debris during one of the cut scenes :)
  19. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Indeed! When I'm getting to do the Mothership from Close Encounters (yes, it is on my list ;) ) I'll try to incorporate R2 as well. :) There are so many fantastic examples, like the Millennium Falcon in "Blade Runner", the Serenity in "New BSG", the Colonial Defender in "Serenity", the Cylon Sword in "Lost in Space" (which actually makes it a "Lost in Space" prop re-used in "TOS BSG"!). Not to mention the guys behind the camera (Andy Probert, John Dykstra, Richard Edlund, Carlo Rambaldi etc.). And if it comes to all the greeblies, you might think there was one company that delivered a zillion different universes. :)
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  20. Cybergrinder

    Cybergrinder Member Extraordinaire

    Very true, those names are so familiar from watching movies with ILM effects! I think they set the standard back in '77, no one else has really come close until the CG age.

    I honestly missed the MF in Blade Runner! (watched it quite recently as well, D'oh!) Rather obvious now that I googled it...:banghead:

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