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Christmas addition  ajb007/martini

- François

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7.GF 8.TLD 9.TND 10.SF

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TonyDP wrote:

As there are no definitive reference pics of the assembly of the rear of the gun (not to mention the fact that there were so many different on screen versions in the movie) we decided to go in another direction and had some custom chrome Drax Industries logo pins made and adapted since the logo was so prominent in the film.

The "greeblies" at the rear of the gun are the same self-adhesive wire/cable guides/clips used on many of the MR props. They were made in the UK and were commonplace then but seemingly impossible to find now (and trust me, I've tried).

https://i.postimg.cc/94wsLGDB/greeblies-B-LOW-RES.jpg

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PoorMansJB wrote:
TonyDP wrote:

As there are no definitive reference pics of the assembly of the rear of the gun (not to mention the fact that there were so many different on screen versions in the movie) we decided to go in another direction and had some custom chrome Drax Industries logo pins made and adapted since the logo was so prominent in the film.

The "greeblies" at the rear of the gun are the same self-adhesive wire/cable guides/clips used on many of the MR props. They were made in the UK and were commonplace then but seemingly impossible to find now (and trust me, I've tried).

If that's all it was I could easily model it in in something like Tinkercad and 3D Print it. That said, the pictures that I've seen make the rear assembly look much larger and more complex than just the greeblies as you can see in the screencap below that I pulled off the web:

https://c8.alamy.com/comp/HEHG8B/michae … HEHG8B.jpg

It's this inconsistency from scene to scene that made us just put our arms up and go in our own direction.

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TonyDP wrote:

If that's all it was I could easily model it in in something like Tinkercad and 3D Print it. That said, the pictures that I've seen make the rear assembly look much larger and more complex than just the greeblies as you can see in the screencap below that I pulled off the web:

https://c8.alamy.com/comp/HEHG8B/michae … HEHG8B.jpg

It's this inconsistency from scene to scene that made us just put our arms up and go in our own direction.

I think it goes back to your prior observation that the pistol is inconsistent scene to scene.
It's the same with the larger white laser rifle; some have this same greeblie somewhere on the body, others don't have it at all.
I agree it doesn't appear on the the one Drax handles but there are examples from various prop displays which do, in fact, have this clip at the rear. (Sadly I've only got a shot from the DC Spy Museum which included prototypes and not final props.)
The piece on the Drax pistol you've attached shows-up on some other MR as well as Star Wars props.

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PoorMansJB wrote:

I think it goes back to your prior observation that the pistol is inconsistent scene to scene.
It's the same with the larger white laser rifle; some have this same greeblie somewhere on the body, others don't have it at all.
I agree it doesn't appear on the the one Drax handles but there are examples from various prop displays which do, in fact, have this clip at the rear. (Sadly I've only got a shot from the DC Spy Museum which included prototypes and not final props.)
The piece on the Drax pistol you've attached shows-up on some other MR as well as Star Wars props.

Inconsistency can be the bane of the collector, especially for a prop that appears on screen for mere seconds. As another example, in addition to James Bond, my brother and I are also avid Star Trek collectors and there are many differences in the props and models from the original show as well, right down to the color of the handle of the phaser or the detailing on the back of the nacelles of the Enterprise to name but two. It's to be expected from productions that were made before the era of home video. Nowadays, you can break a movie down to its individual frames and inspect every element in exacting detail; that's something the makers of these movies probably never envisioned. I'm almost afraid to think what we'll see when the inevitable 4K masters of the Bond movies are released.

At some point you just have to accept the fact that for a lot of these items there is no such thing as a single perfect replica because there were multiple versions in the first place. Even officially licensed products rarely are 100% accurate. Ultimately collecting should be fun, which is what this project was for my brother and me. It got us to think outside our comfort zones and mess around with batteries, wiring, acrylics, various bonding solutions and other stuff. The exercise was as important as the final product.

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TonyDP wrote:

At some point you just have to accept the fact that for a lot of these items there is no such thing as a single perfect replica because there were multiple versions in the first place. (...) The exercise was as important as the final product.

Totally agree   ajb007/martini

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Guys, if we’re talking about the Drax timing light laser pistol then the greeblie on the sides at rear is one of the play buttons from a vintage cassette recorder.  It was also used on an X Wing helmet I believe.  Someone was selling casts of these on the Bay some time ago and I have a couple somewhere and also have the cassette recorder buried in the loft somewhere.  Ed knows the model of the recorder I believe.

https://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/33836/re … ps/page/2/

https://www.ajb007.co.uk/topic/47942/pr … s/page/18/

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Alex1995 wrote:

Christmas addition  ajb007/martini

- François

https://i.postimg.cc/fT2q9PVg/DSC-0463.jpg

Francois, was that book published before the Daniel Craig era?  Can you pls list the ISBN?  Thank you!

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superado wrote:

Francois, was that book published before the Daniel Craig era?  Can you pls list the ISBN?  Thank you!

Yes, 1996 for Goldeneye.

It's the original prop catalog of the Tokyo exhibition.

It's similar to "Il Mio nome e' Bond..."(Fabbri Editori). I have included some pictures in a previous post.
The main differences that I noticed so far are: the format, an extra part on Fleming, the layout of the pictures and I have the feeling that the pics are more crisp in the Japanese catalog.

If there is interess I can compare both and post some pics

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7.GF 8.TLD 9.TND 10.SF

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Very interested. Thanks!

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Alex1995 wrote:
superado wrote:

Francois, was that book published before the Daniel Craig era?  Can you pls list the ISBN?  Thank you!

Yes, 1996 for Goldeneye.

It's the original prop catalog of the Tokyo exhibition.

It's similar to "Il Mio nome e' Bond..."(Fabbri Editori). I have included some pictures in a previous post.
The main differences that I noticed so far are: the format, an extra part on Fleming, the layout of the pictures and I have the feeling that the pics are more crisp in the Japanese catalog.

If there is interess I can compare both and post some pics

Thank you!  By coincidence I was admiring your other book from a few pages back and didn’t realize the two books were related!

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Would anyone know if the CZ Scorpion has been seen in any Bond films or other Bond-related media? I received one by accident, just want to check before I go through the hassle of sending this thing back, cheers.

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Quentin Quigley wrote:

Would anyone know if the CZ Scorpion has been seen in any Bond films or other Bond-related media? I received one by accident, just want to check before I go through the hassle of sending this thing back, cheers.

Didn't one appear in a Brosnan movie ???

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Fred007 wrote:

Didn't one appear in a Brosnan movie ???

I do mean the CZ Scorpion EVO 3, released in 2009 - so can only be from the Craig-era films, games, or perhaps the comics. I'll keep searching, but it seems unlikely.

Still, thank you for your response, it is appreciated. ajb007/martini

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Tribute to our beloved Gadget Meister Andy House
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwbEuzJCnqI
Knowing Andy loved Diamonds Are Forever, I post some of my DAF props:

https://i.postimg.cc/ftrCtS3b/1.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/JsLqkLhj/2.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/v1PLkxtv/3.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/xkdLvTVN/4.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/CB3DpGBb/5.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/Mf1B6nVN/6.jpg

I will miss you fellow collector, friend   ajb007/martini
You are forever, RIP
Christof

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RIP Andy xx

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Sad day, RIP Andy xxx  ajb007/cheers

Trust No One

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Sad day indeed. RIP to a great guy. Our sincere condolences to his family.

A Whisper of Love, A Whisper of Hate

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RIP. What a loss for the community.

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Awful and sad news.  I was just texting with him about his 60th party the other day and to wake up to this just gutted me.  Truly no words....

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very sad day for me as well -  we were just emailing last Friday and Saturday too about our upcoming get together
RIP Andy
It was an honor to know you.
K

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Very sad day and very sad news.

I was in touch with him one week ago and had to tell him that I won‘t come to his birthday party.
His reply was typical Andy :
>> ...I think we’re both big enough and ugly enough for this not to affect our friendship in any way...<<

He loved the banter between Asp and me, he crazily loved my wife Cathy, I‘ll miss him dearly!

Rest in peace, my friend!

And only YOU can call me Higgy   ajb007/crap

President of the 'Misty Eyes Club'.

-------Dalton - the weak and weepy Bond!------

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RIP Andy  ajb007/cheers

One of us smells like a tart's handkerchief.

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I'm lost for words right now. Sadly, I didn't know Andy as well as I could have. However, one thing I did know was that he was a kind and generous man. I showed a prop here once that was improvised and quite rough. I had not yet met Andy at this point, but he messaged me out of the blue, and was kind enough to point me in the right direction of the original source material. Basically, he put his trust in a stranger to help them out, and I will never forget that moment.

Andy was one of the key prop makers here I looked up to; he lived up to his username time and again. I was always excited to see his next fantastic reveal. I'm proud to say that I have one of his amazing Playboy cards in my collection, and if it weren't for him, I would also not have the AVTAK tracker, which he was kind enough to share on this forum upon his identifying it. Had been anxiously waiting to see a special new project he was working on, and several times I was this close to messaging him as curiosity was getting the better of me! I regret not doing that now - not for the project of course - but just to call in and say hi. It is an honour to have been in contact with a true gentleman and talented Bond collector, may he Rest in Peace.

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I was VERY saddened to hear of the sudden passing of one of our “Brothers” in the AJB community the other day. I was asked not to post anything right away as private messages were being sent to notify his other close friends.

Strangely enough, I actually thought of Andy that day and was going to email him later in the day before I got the message.
Guess it was his way of saying “Goodbye”

I “met” Andy House back in 2009 and although we never actually met, we corresponded through emails frequently and considered him a good friend.

Andy (Gadget Meister) created some fabulous prop replicas that he shared with us and are “Jewels” in many of our collections.

Condolences to his family and to his friends. He will be sorely missed by us all.
Rest in Peace, my friend.
Ed

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