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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl,

Thank you so much for sharing. It most likely was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you. And thanks again that it wasn't the same for us with your photos.

A question - did the parts traditionally thought to be plastic (the cylinder covers, the magazine, and the magazine holder) appear to really be plastic? I don't know if you noticed any clues from chipped areas while you handled the piece. I was intrigued the first time that I saw the static right-hand cylinder cover to notice the cut-out for the bolt lever. Not on any of the prior interpretations, that I am aware of. I agree with some of the thoughts on the unusual adjustment screw - it doesn't seem to show the same degree of weathering as the other steel parts, but that could be due to the lack of protective bluing on the Bulldog and Steyr parts. The steel does look grey with corrosion marks, but no obvious bluing - is that consistant with your in-person observations. Old steel aquires a greyish tone. Sorry to go over points that are in the RPF marathon thread again, but "I got's to ask...."

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhyphen wrote:
He is:

http://www.toydirectory.com/monthly/article.asp?id=1545


Is that confirmation John? Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl,

Thank you again for being so generous and sharing this dreamlike pics with us. I have been researching this gun for 7 years nmore or less and have spent some hundreds on pics, and then you came with the definitive document just for free!

Plus as Karl said before, there are many many more pics (more than double on the gun itself) on this than on the original page yu posted, so thanks again for sharing that extra.

Karl I owe you one BIG time.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The plastic parts indeed looked plastic. I am no expert when it comes to IDing steel tho.

But the imprssion I got of the buttplate at least was that it seemed exactly like the stainless steel spoons that I have at the house.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

airhead wrote:
Karl,

Thank you so much for sharing. It most likely was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you. And thanks again that it wasn't the same for us with your photos.

A question - did the parts traditionally thought to be plastic (the cylinder covers, the magazine, and the magazine holder) appear to really be plastic? I don't know if you noticed any clues from chipped areas while you handled the piece. I was intrigued the first time that I saw the static right-hand cylinder cover to notice the cut-out for the bolt lever. Not on any of the prior interpretations, that I am aware of. I agree with some of the thoughts on the unusual adjustment screw - it doesn't seem to show the same degree of weathering as the other steel parts, but that could be due to the lack of protective bluing on the Bulldog and Steyr parts. The steel does look grey with corrosion marks, but no obvious bluing - is that consistant with your in-person observations. Old steel aquires a greyish tone. Sorry to go over points that are in the RPF marathon thread again, but "I got's to ask...."

David



David,

The cilinder cover are not considered to be plastic, but mental. If yoyu carefully examine the photos, particuraly the ones of the right side, you may notice some chipped paint and metal showing trough. The only plastic parts are the ammo clip and case (black nylon, to be more precise).

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 06, 2006 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry I should have said that the magazine cover looked like plastic, I never thought that the cylinder cover was plastic.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is nice to see those pics up again.

Karl, you are the man, I look at them often and with great pleasure. Then I come to that pic that you sent me with your ugly mug and I am filled with jealousy!!! LOL Wink

-Bryan
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to add my thanks in with everyone else's.

Thank you!

Glad to see the old adage proven - "You can't keep a good man down."

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karl,

I just had the chance to go through the pictures, and they are fantastic!! Thank you so much for giving us the full package I still cannot imagine what it must have been like.

Did you know that by going to WorldCon you where going to see this blaster?

Thanks again!

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bryan: Ugly? Crying or Very sad

Anyway, no I had no idea going to Worldcon that I'd be seeing the BR blaster. In fact I knew that Greg Jein was going to have his Star Trek props there, and I was psyched to be seeing those (and ogled them all week in fact). But I actually walked PAST the Blade Runner display for three DAYS, thinking "nice replica but it CAN'T be the real one..." Shocked

- k
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So Karl, What were the aviator medalions from?

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2006 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

phase pistol wrote:
Bryan: Ugly? Crying or Very sad

Anyway, no I had no idea going to Worldcon that I'd be seeing the BR blaster. In fact I knew that Greg Jein was going to have his Star Trek props there, and I was psyched to be seeing those (and ogled them all week in fact). But I actually walked PAST the Blade Runner display for three DAYS, thinking "nice replica but it CAN'T be the real one..." Shocked

- k


Karl, must have been an awesome surprise then! As well, I can imagine any of us walking past and thinking it was just another replica. I know you dont want to mention anything about the owner, but how was he about taking it out of the case and handling it?

I apologize for the boring questions, but I am trying to live this experience through you

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The owner seemed like a really nice guy, I spoke with both him and his wife. He claimed to not know people were "still interested" in Blade Runner, or else he "had a bunch more stuff" he could have brought. Shocked

The aviator pins, I have no idea. They could have been used in ALIEN or in Blade Runner I guess.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's cool that he was also behind the Thinking Cap Co. I love my Alien art portfolio with the Ron Cobb autographed print....

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2006 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Me too john...I got mine off of ebay for less than intergalactic trading co. was selling the unsigned versions about 3 years back I think. I love Ronn Cobb too...he seems to have disapeared of the face of the planet as well.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John,

That is an awesome Print! Are the graphics on the print the same that had been seen, or did they make further changes?

Thanks for sharing!!!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.harryharris.com/insig/ainsig.htm

I just have the portfolio, which I got on eBay many moons ago....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John! Great link btw.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can I get a - "Karl Tate, 2006 Man of the Year"

Actually might clinch 2007 too, IT'S JUST THAT GOOD!

Karl, really, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You've brought a new passion for this prop to everyone.

Steve
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2006 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Can I get a - "Karl Tate, 2006 Man of the Year"


YES, you can!!! Smile

Happy to do it for ya Karl!! I present you with "a major award":



I think you've actually earned about 20 years worth of these to be honest! Smile
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