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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 12:33 am    Post subject: Original blaster and Zhora Salome Reply with quote

Fella's --

I had the opportunity this week of spending time with the original Deckard blaster. I have made it my mission to study Karl's amazing photographs as well as those made available via the Tomenosuke team in the smallest detail and I thought I knew as much about the prop as there is to know but seeing in in person showed me just how delusional I really was regarding my 'knowledge'.

The overall blaster is ever so slightly smaller than my Sid (which I already knew), it didn't fit in my hand as well as my own does and its also lighter in weight - which surprised me. Although I know weapons very well, I was still mildly surprised at how perfect the entire blaster is from the machining to the punched text on the Steyr receiver. While the Coyle is an almost identical size, shape and feel, the Sid's fine detail is much better than the Coyle's but it was very interesting to note just how pristine and perfectly punched the Steyr receiver is and the famous serial number is small, intricate and nicely aligned.

The mag housing is original but far shiner than I thought it was. Granted, Dan keeps fingerprints off the surface while the Worldcon pics show a well handled and rather dishevelled blaster but, I was still fascinated to see how shiny the mag is which means I will need to revisit mine in order to change the finish.

The bolt - as we saw in Adam Savage's video - is quite loose and even with the bolt closed, the end-cap is also loose - bouncing slightly if I prodded it with my finger. The grips match the frame in a way I have never seen before with a smooth sweep over the metal with no gap or shift in the match between the frame and the grip.

Lastly, the grips are simply a masterpiece. I have seen many in my time but these quite frankly looked like they are poured Johnny Walker brandy. Absolutely flawless, clear and crystal smooth.

I have been privileged to see many original props during my time working in the industry including visits to the Lucasfilm archives at Skywalker ranch but this was was an undiluted pleasure never to be beaten and the stupid grin in my face shows my lack of composure.

Dan, you are a gentleman sir, Many thanks!




















Finally, no Blade Runner experience would be complete without visiting Taffy Lewis' joint to dine with the lovely Zhora Salome.
Joanna Cassidy is pure gold.



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MARK
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Amazing!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing your experience, impressions and photos with us, Mark. And thank you Dan of course! A very generous gesture of both of you for sure!

Needless to say I'm a tiny bit jealous Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without a doubt, one of my favourite posts ever. What an incredible experience, to actually hold the original blaster and then meet Joanna Cassidy.

Thanks for sharing these amazing photographs. The blaster shots are absolutely stunning. Brilliant stuff.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, the grin on your face (I think you're grinning more with the gun than with Joanna Wink ) Thanks to Dan for giving you, and us at the same time, the opportunity to see that famous weapon up close!
Many little details seems to always appear when you want to copy, accurately, a prop/model/set. As you've said those details are paramount when it comes to do justice to the original prop.

TFS Mark, always a pleasure to see you on the board Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Holy Moly! Shocked What an amazing experience!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 2:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing! As jealous about Joanna as I am about the blaster. Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2016 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing this magnificent religious experience!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This woman is 71? Astounding! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

FANTASTIC!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bwood wrote:
This woman is 71? Astounding! Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding Mark, much congratulations.

Showed my GF and she was more interested in the gun show in the gray shirt. Shocked You old rooster.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2016 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks everyone, it was a unique experience and the lovely Mc Cassidy is exactly how you imagine she would be - and that laugh is still the same!

Mr Webber wrote:
Outstanding Mark, much congratulations.

Showed my GF and she was more interested in the gun show in the gray shirt. Shocked You old rooster.


Mr Webber, too kind by miles. This old man thanks you warmly...

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope she finally could afford to buy a real snake.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dascoyne wrote:
I hope she finally could afford to buy a real snake.


LOL

And...thank you, Mark! What a privilege. I never get tired of seeing pics of 'the real McCoy'.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really do enjoy this set of images and accompanying description; brings a smile to my face every time. Thanks for sharing.
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