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morganthirteen
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject: A L I E N Grappling Hook Gun Reply with quote

It took me over a decade to finish this piece, but here it is, the Grappling Hook Gun that Ripley uses at the film's climax against that pesky 8th Passenger....

I started with a Vintage Mares Snub Nose Harpoon Gun and built it up slowly over the years, digging for any other helpful reference. It was a little frustrating but I'm glad I never got so impatient that I went ahead and molded it up before I had all the information I felt I needed to do it justice.

To be honest, there is an element of idealization and interpretation running through the piece. There was simply not enough reference in some areas to do anything other than a "best guess", but I think the overall look is faithful enough...







I should have one painted up in a few days.

Thanks for looking!

Shawn
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beauty once again Shawn Cool...saw it on the RPF also and that thing rocks for sure!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stellar work as usual.
Thanks for sharing this.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks fantastic. Great work Shawn.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FANTASTIC work as always, Shawn !!!

Cool

BTW, is the harpoon made of metal ?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, guys. The only thing I've yet to see is how the color scheme is going to look when finished. The piece looked like it was gloss black, with everything above the grip and trigger guard given the same bronze overspray as the nostromo pistols.

Fred, Yes! Everything not primer gray in the photo is made out of aluminum! I am making 15 total kits and they will all have the same aluminum pieces...!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly the kind of work that friends and fans of yours have come to expect, Shawn. That looks fantatastic. Thanks for sharing.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pete's excited, he wrote: "fantatastic" ...maybe a new word to describe Morganthirteen's work!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks great!Need HD screengrabs to compare it with.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Outstanding Shawn! I love it. Never enough Alien props.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

phase pistol wrote:






Damn, it's the first time I see there's red WY wings stencils on that helmet !

Shocked

I can see 2 (maybe 3 ???) on that side... and I guess it's the same on the other side...

Thanks once again Carl for the great refs!

Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2012 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome grabs, Karl! Thank you.

I don't think I've ever spent as much time fretting over a project as much as I did this one. A lot of what I've done is really more of an "interpretation" of the original. It's so obscured in the film and the photos of the "screen used" one show it missing many original pieces and has had obvious (inaccurate) repair work done to it since, so that making a faithful replica was very challenging.

I'm glad to see it completed, but it wasn't a joyride. lol
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

TFS those screen caps Karl...as for any project, it's always a challenge; most of those props were made in the 70's, planet UK Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a finished one. It's bronze with a black grip, and some airbrushed detailing for weathering (which is very light, so of course the flash washes it out).



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lookin' fine!
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mighty fine indeed Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 8:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AWESOME work Shawn, WOW !!!

(this makes me think I need to spare some money for the near future...)

Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most excellent.
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