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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someday I'll have to get better pictures, but for stuck in the mid-winter blahs,
this is good enough.

The Operative sword and Alliance patch display is all the way done.
(One more project scratched off the list.)



The view of the back shows some of the work involved in creating a 3-D display,
and also has the COA (Certificate Of Authenticity) from the Propstore of London for the Alliance bandanna.



The sheet with all the words has the following information:

Quote:

The Story Behind The Display: The Operative and Alliance Emblems

The Source Material:
After the Firefly series ended prematurely, creator Joss Whedon took his characters to a feature film, the ”Big Damn Movie” SERENITY.
The film’s main antagonist was the nameless “Operative” of the Alliance parliament. Basically a black ops assassin, the Operative’s job was to eliminate anyone who might have or remember incriminating evidence that could harm the current regime. The Operative had a space vessel and troops at his disposal, but his personal weapon of choice was a sword.

The Display Items:
The centerpiece is a replica of the Operative’s sword. This is a very similar katana style sword purchased from eBay. It has one-too-few blood relief holes and the handle was nothing like the movie prop sword. I did not choose to modify the blade, but I did remove the original grips, machine black plastic replacements, cut down twenty-four 4-40UNC stainless-steel socket-head cap screws for the decorative “buttons”, and wrap the handle with string I dyed black.

The black bandanna is an actual production-made item from the BDM SERENITY.
It has a single Alliance emblem in one corner.
Attached is a COA (Certificate of Authenticity) from the Prop Store of London.

The patches are a combination of officially licensed products and fan-made items.
The multi-colored “hawk-on-the-worlds” patch and the red security patch are commonly available licensed patches. The purple and silver rank patch and the blue security patches were created by a fan group shortly after SERENITY’s release to mimic the patches worn on character Jayne Cobb’s “resume shirt”. The blue Tri-Planet patch was a licensed patch meant to mimic Jayne’s resume shirt patch, but because it was made from pre-production art that wasn’t used, the wording was incorrect to screen-used.

The Value:
Like all collectibles, the value equals whatever someone is willing to pay. The cost of this display breaks down to about $50.00 for the unmodified sword, $70 for the BDM production-made bandanna, $35.00 for the patches, $20.00 for the frame, $10.00 for the two matte boards and $10.00 for the wood used to make the shadow box pockets. Call it $200.00 in materials, plus the labor to modify the sword, cut the mattes, build the shadow boxes, machine the plastic sword mounts and the time to mount the whole display. So, I certainly wouldn’t value this display at less than the $200.00 in materials and display items, most of which are one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable.


I included the info sheet with the idea that the display will outlast my ownership of it.
The display info should be useful for future owners, or heirs, if it came to that.

Mike
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice Mike! Great display!
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Easter, all!

And on this resurrection Sunday I'm also reminded that the rebirth of beautiful weather is also upon us.
That means reflection and Thanks for today,
and the possibilities of painting and fiberglassing and finishing projects in the days ahead.

Keep Flyin',
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:46 am    Post subject: Excellent Craftsmanship Reply with quote

Well Done Mike

This work is simply outstanding, and I've thoroughly enjoyed looking at the piccies.

It's great to know that somebody is keeping the Signal alive, albeit in an unusual way.

If you were here in the Uk, we would be asking you to display at Browncoat events and Can't Stop The Serenity evenings etc. (yes - we have CSTS here too; checkout Browncoats of Gloucester and Beeston Browncoats, and say hi).

I look forward to seeing more. Again, great work.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:40 am    Post subject: Re: Excellent Craftsmanship Reply with quote

ukbrowncoat1949 wrote:

Well Done Mike
This work is simply outstanding, and I've thoroughly enjoyed looking at the piccies.
It's great to know that somebody is keeping the Signal alive, albeit in an unusual way.
If you were here in the Uk, we would be asking you to display at Browncoat events and Can't Stop The Serenity evenings etc.
(yes - we have CSTS here too; checkout Browncoats of Gloucester and Beeston Browncoats, and say hi).

I look forward to seeing more. Again, great work.


Thanks for the compliments.
As far as display of the collection, it is something I'd enjoy doing,
but my work schedule tends to get in the way.
If not work, other demands.

Altho'.........
my latest home project netted me this found "prop" from "Safe":



"A postholer...for digging holes...for posts"; River quote right before she was to be burned for being a witch.

This "little" summer project has me up, down, all around,



but is one of those things that needs to be done.

In the meanwhile, I've latched on to a couple of cool things:

My set of Wash patches, including the two incorrect ones I inadvertently picked up.
The two on the left are the 2010: Space Odyssey patches that the Wash BDM Serenity patches were based on.



The other four are correct Wash patches, including the latest in the top row center.
That one is from a run on www.fireflyprops.net

This is the patches'n' pins version of the Lyndono 3.5" patch

http://patchesnpins.com/firefly_serenity%20page.htm





Here is the corrected 3.5" Wash EO patch:

http://www.scifigeeks.com/product_info.php/products_id/8300







There were two styles of the Lyndono patch.
The style that is more "greenish" is like is available from patches 'n' pins.
The other style shown below, was fan-made years ago and is OOP.



I have the second LYNDONO patch in my Wash pistol case.

Now I just have to remember to orient the "EO" patch correctly!

I still haven't made any meaningful progress on my Inara display.



Just a collection of brick-a-brack at this point.
But, this acquisition,
one of Shawna Trpcic's original costume sketches,



should be a motivator, once I get ahead of real-life responsibilities.
("Sketch" seems like such a minimizing term for such a delicate and intricate piece of art. )

Mike
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Projects at home, changes in work schedules and new responsibilities;
not a lot of time for Firefly prop building.
Buuut....I had a coupon for a big discount at Michael's craft store,
so I thought I'd look for a frame for my Inara costume sketch.
Didn't find that, but I did find a shadow box and a football helmet case
for 45 cents on the dollar.

I got the shadow box for my Rance Burgess laser,
but the laser is too big to fit, so I'll use it for my Dobson collection.



The helmet box is perfect for displaying my 15" Serenity model once I build it!
Much easier to dust a box than a model!



The frame for the costume sketch will have to wait a bit...

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Jayne Quote Game:



I'm not really a person who likes activities and games, but I came up with the Jayne Quote Game for my Shindigs.
A Browncoat helmet is filled with slips of paper with some of the more colorful Jayne quotes from the show and movie.
One at a time, each person pulls one out and reads it in their best Jayne Cobb voice.
Then everyone, including the reader, works through their episode flip deck until they have what they think is the right episode.
Everyone then holds up their answer at the same time.
Person with the most right answers at the end wins. Much Fun!

Shiny! Let's be bad guys.

I was aimin' for his head.

I could get nekkid.

Yeah, grenades cost extra.

I'll be in my bunk.

...and how's about we move the hell away from this eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our increasingly eerie-ass day?

That's why I never kiss 'em on the mouth.

Looks like a thing to me.

I like smackin' 'em.

Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with 'til you understand who's in ruttin' command

Well don't say it!

Ain't nuthin as deceivin' as a low down dirty...deceiver.

Smells like crotch.

Yeah, 'cause sick people are hi-larious

We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural reaction from either patient.

Pain is scary...

Nuthin buys bygones better'n cash.

I'm in!

My muscular buttocks it is!

My John Thomas is ready to pop off and fly around the room, there's so much tasty in here!

...you can't change that by gettin' all bendy. You got the light, from the console to keep you, to lift you, to lift you up...they shine like little angels.

I got a share in this job, and 10% of nuthin, uh, hold on. Let me do the math here. Nuthin' into nuthin'...carry the nuthin'...

And I'm sure there are many more!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wrapped up a new big project that all these updates are a part of.
Be posting on that in a couple of weeks.
In the mean while:

My River display is closer to being done.



I was originally going to incorporate all my River Fruity Oaty Bar items in one framed shadow box,
including the fairly large QMx Fruity Oaty Bar poster, but that proved impractical.

I found this nice shadow box to put the 3-D pieces in, matted and framed my two small Fruity Oaty Bar art pieces,
and I'll be framing the big poster later.

Not done, but past conceptualizing and under construction.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much like this, the likely final layout of the Dobson display.



I have to make the mounting posts, yet.
The earlier layout was WAY too crowded.
I still need to find a picture of Dobson that I would want to use,
to tie the display to a character.
(I have to do the same thing with my Jubel Early display.)

The background is silver-gray Cadillac interior vinyl; pretty cool!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And still no shortage of unfinished projects.

I have an old flight helmet that I want to paint to match the Independents ground troops helmets.



I've got hose and a big coil cable to make it look like a Firefly gunship door gunner's helmet.
I still need an oxygen mask with bayonet clamps to finish it off.
I'll likely display this with the Cerberus poster.
I've always viewed these "wartime" artifacts as background set dressing
for my NOT-Alliance friendly bar in Fool Me Twice.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the earlier resin BDM Serenity version of Mal's pistol put out by QMx.
Mine was one of the pre-orders for $249.99 that got cut back to $165.00 after QMx kept removing the upgraded features.
By virtue of being one of the earlier ones, I think it has the nicer paint job.
I never really cared for the movie "upgrades" done to the Mal pistol,
but NOT having one would just be too big a hole in the Collection, even for me.



QMx is currently selling a polystone replica of the Mal pistol,
but I'm glad I didn't have to get one.
The material is a brittle combination of limestone and resin.
It is cheap; that is to say less expensive and lower quality, both.
The old resin QMx pistol is a better value in my mind.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had 'em dug out of the basement again:



Short rifles, submachineguns, spare magazines, grenades;
these guys are ready to squelch some unruly Independents!
Too bad they're wearing gray and purple in the green and brown woods.
In FMT, I planned to put all my "local" characters, law enforcement and outlaws,
in natural colors to contrast with the unnatural coloring of the Alliance;
sort of a "ya'll aren't from around here, are ya'll," vibe.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was the first of the actor/ character signatures I'm trying to acquire for the whole crew and, shoot, some of my favorite villains, as well.
While I'm happy with this one, the bad part of the story is, it should be Summer Glau as River.
Summer was scheduled to appear at Farpoint Con, so I bought tickets for all three days, including the Friday night banquet.
There were enough Browncoat fans in attendance that we got our own table for the banquet.
And then, Summer landed the part in Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles and canceled.
She was replaced by Ron Glass, and I ended up sitting across from him at the banquet table, which was kinda cool.
But you know, it was supposed to be Summer.........
I never did really connect with Ron on even the most casual level and although he was very polite,
I think he was a little uncomfortable with the whole "geek" convention thing.
Oh well, it's all good; I got Shepherd Book's signature on a document!



There aren't a whole lot of Book props to be had, but the two that there are, are pretty iconic.
Book's Bible which says nothing about kneecaps, and the mysterious ident card that took Book from ignored to VIP in one look.
Book's knowledge of the Alliance hierarchy and police procedures,
and his familiarity with the reps of many of the 'verse's most unsavory characters, led to a lot of speculation as to Book's backstory.
Ron Glass was always asked for the secrets behind Book, and he was never told.
When it became pretty obvious that a Serenity sequel was highly unlikely, Joss had his brother Zack do the comic, The Shepherd's Tale,
which finally shows Book's backstory, and how he found his faith in a bowl of chicken soup.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kaylee was the sunshiney girl mechanic on Serenity.
She basically graduated from being a farm girl helping Daddy fix farm equipment
to space-faring ship's mechanic by being in the right place at the right time.
Simon made her happy when he referred to her as the ship's engineer,
a title she poo-pooed with the comment, "Machines got workin's and they talk to me."
The ship's basic look, the nature of Serenity's mechanical troubles and Kaylee's jury-rigged repairs and the exotic ports of call Serenity put into,
are proof that Firefly was really not JUST a space-western, but also a story about a tramp steamer plying the South Pacific in the 1930's.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slowly the Inara collection becomes a meaningful display.
I finally got my Shawna Trpcic sketch under glass.
I'm not sure how I want to display the actual cloth samples that were attached to the sketch.
I do have a plan for the gold material that is the same as The Message dress.
I'll make a shadow box out of a picture frame for the replica of Inara's Trash pistol.



In one of those odd paradoxes that so often define life:
Inara was a graceful clothes horse who costume designer Shawna Trpcic described as her real-life Barbie doll;
played by tomboy, blue jeans favoring Morena Baccarin.
Kaylee, the usually grubby ships mechanic in coveralls was played by self-confessed shop-a-holic clothes horse, Jewel Staite.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ten Years Gone
It's not just a Zeppelin tune, anymore.

It has been ten years since Firefly first aired, seven years since shooting the movie, and everyone has moved on.
Below are the projects that the Firefly alum have done that have made it into my Firefly/ Serenity Collection.



In the top photo:
Top Row: Alan Tudyck's movies, Dodgeball, Death at a Funeral and Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Second Row: Summer Glau projects: Sci-Fi Channel movie Mammoth,
the two seasons of the series Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles
and the TV series, The Cape

Third Row: Jewel Staite in Call Me Mrs. Miracle, the two seasons of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse
(which also had Alan Tudyck and Summer Glau in guest starring roles)
and Nathan Fillion's movie Slither



Bottom Photo: Nathan has hit it pretty big with the ABC crime dramedy, Castle
In addition to the four successful seasons so far (out on DVD),
there have been four best selling Nikki Heat spin off mystery novels
and two of the (as far as I know) successful Derrick Storm graphic novels.
I also have the little promo Castle notebook and a really nicely done crystal replica of the Blue Butterfly necklace from the fourth season episode.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

About twenty two years ago I pulled a big piece of rolled stainless steel out of the trash at work
(seven jobs and two states ago)
because it sure looked like it had possibilities.
I tinkered with it and had a belt-fed design in mind for years, tho' I didn't do much work on it.
After seeing Firefly, and wanting props for my version, Fool Me Twice,
I modified it around the Bren machinegun magazine to make the Buddy Lee Creek rifle seen on the left:



I decided to make the bi-annual Farpoint Con visit with my sons,
and the youngest wanted to do an Independence soldier.
So, I made finishing the BLC rifle part of the preparation process.
I spent nearly every moment of my free time for a little more than a week to finish it, except it still needs weathered.



The costume combines elements from a few of my FMT costumes,
but I needed a red vest.
My solution was to buy a 3XL T-shirt at Walmart for five bucks,
cut the sleeves off, cut the front and put tan velcro strips (that I removed from the Zoe gun case)
across the front. Viola! A budget Browncoat soldier!



I wore my long sleeveless leather coat, Alliance-Fed-like-Skunk costume with sonic rifle,
and did not receive a single acknowledgement the entire day.
I guess, kinda like the Forums, time is passing Firefly by.
I saw two close-enough Mals, three hat-and-T-shirt Jayne's
and my son got a half dozen or so complements on his Independent soldier.
(I guess no comments is my reward for doing a bad guy!)

I have to take a nice picture of the flip side of my completed rifle, yet.
When I do, I'll add it in this space.



And, done.
Tho' I still haven't gotten around to weathering it, yet.
I suppose that will deserve a new post, when I get to it.

Mike


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice!

Is that an SG-44?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BrownCoat1 wrote:
Nice!

Is that an SG-44?


It is a resin replica of a WWII Stg-44.
I bought it for fifty bucks and the barrel was all wonky.
When I went to replace the resin barrel with a machined aluminum replacement,
I found that the original maker ran a piece of concrete rebar through the whole piece to strengthen it.
It is a nice replica except it lacks the ejection port door.
At some point, I'll get around to making a new door,
and another incomplete project will come off my list.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When is a Break from Firefly Prop Building....

....not really a break?

When the projects you take on end up requiring all the same skill-sets as prop building.

I was looking to add a 1903A3 Springfield to my WWII collection, but at $700 to $800,
it just wasn't feasible.
While looking at Springfields, I ran into a beat up Parris-Dunn trainer rifle
(A US army drill rifle built by a toy company in WWII)
for $36, which looked like a fun project on more my kind of budget!

Well, of course I needed some parts to finish it up;
and in looking for parts I came across this :



An Italian Fascist child's trainer Carcano carbine.
Basically a 2/3rds scale toy gun for little squeakers (5 to 8 years old) to stomp around with
as they practiced growing up to be good little Mussolini-following Fascists.



I felt sorry for the poor little Fascist devil, all broke up and no place to go.
(The owner was going to part it out if it didn't sell.)
It was in terrible shape and missing the cast zinc action completely. Rust, bent barrel, etta-cetta-ra.
In its own evil little way, it's cute as all get-out.

Where the U.S. Parris-Dunn trainer represents a nation clinging so hard to peace we were caught unprepared,
the Carcano trainer represents a nation trying to indoctrinate even their children to glorify war.
I think the lesson lies somewhere in between.
Anyway, I've machined a whole new bolt action mechanism and
bought an American toy/ trainer rifle clicking trigger mechanism
(eighteen bucks and the power of the internet to find the obscure)
which I modified to fit in the child's Carcano.



I had a heck of a time salvaging the rear sight base from my attempts to machine it to match the bolt-action I built.
The white plastic pieces make up the UHMW fixture I built to restore the rear sight with JB Weld.

Okey-Dokey, one more project off the list,
and here is a comparison of the toy to the real deal;
first in a period photo:



And now, approximately 70 to 80 years later:



The gunsmith who did the blueing job for me did a FANTASTIC job, especially in light of what he had to work with.
He was rather apologetic about how the rust pitting affected the final result, especially on the magazine housing,
(and I polished everything as best I could)
but really, it all exceeded my expectations.



The little replacement action I built works quite nicely and the modified clicky trigger clicks just like it should.



My only complaint would be in the refinished stock.
I have redone a few of these Italian stocks, and there must be a secret to how they stained them.
On the originals, the color is fairly evenly blended, but when I sand and refinish them,
even in the light colors, they take the stain REALLY hard on the open grain
and practically deflect it on the side grain.
So, the effect is very uneven; really dark in contrast to really light.

Even so, I'm very pleased with the way this came out.
I have a propensity for feeling sorry for inanimate objects,
so I'm glad this little bugger will be around to tell of its small place in history for a few more years to come.

And I just finished up the project that led me to the Italian child-sized Carcano trainer,
the 1942 Parris-Dunn Victory Trainer:



They made two levels of these things; a bare-bones simple version like my beat up example,
and a better one with a rear sight, bayonet lug and clicking trigger.
The better one was for a Navy contract.
As always, I disassembled everything, bead-blasted all the metal parts,
replaced the wooden barrel and the missing stacking hook and missing trigger guard,
sanded the whole stock and replaced the chipped out section in the front,
and refinished the wood and paint.



These pictures aren't all that great, but I didn't feel like taking the time to drag everything outside
to compose better pictures.



I haven't completely abandoned the science-fictional media world, tho',

I also took on a 1980's Buck Rogers pistol that I got from the RPF Junkyard.
I think I have a pretty good idea where this casting came from, and I understand why it was up for sale.



Fortunately, given all the huge voids and misaligned halves,
I have stock in the Bondo autobody putty corporation.



Well, not really; but I did do a LOT of "spread-on, sand-off" to fill holes and even planes.



I also sawed off and drilled out the impossible excuse for a barrel
and machined the the upper left block doo-hickey and a pocket in the casting to accept it.
The final modification was to replace the front sight blade and
machine a rear sight in the casting so the pistol could be aimed. (Seen in a pic of the completed prop.)



Given the resin castings awful origin, I think it came out OK.



I realized after I machined the barrel to match the cut off cast barrel that it was too long,
but at that point I had more work in it than I was willing to re-do
for what was meant to be a quick and simple project.



While I was finishing this ugly duckling up, I saw another "challenge" project come up on eBay,



A barn-find 1940's era Buck Rogers pistol.



I realize after blasting it and getting it apart that I wish I hadn't taken this one on, BUT,
too late now...

The Buck Rogers space ray guns are too out there,
but I can see using the two trainers as background weapons in Fool Me Twice,
(and no, I stubbornly have not abandoned THAT, yet.)

I've been busy with a lot of non-hobby projects
(yuck, actual grown up responsibility stuff)
but I have managed to make a LITTLE headway on my barn-find Buck Rogers pistol.



I got it apart, blasted everything (making LOTS of rust holes and pits) and applied a first layer of bondo.
I also pulled the stamped steel fins off and machined replacements out of brass.
I also wanted to upsize the pistol to fit an adult hand, so I lengthened the barrel
and added one more ring to the grip, with a brass cap.



Now comes the part that usually bogs my projects down for (weeks/months/years),
tedious puttying and sanding.

I'm debating whether to design a brass-and-painted-steel sight for the thing,
but I AM sure of the final color scheme; dark hunter green and polished brass.
VERY retro!

Mike


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm getting ready to push my Firefly/Serenity prop building through to a conclusion over this winter/ into next spring.
When I sort of hit my burn out point awhile back,
I gathered all the Firefly/Serenity work I had done to that point,
and put it together in a hard copy book.
More than just a keepsake, it is useful info and, to me at least, entertaining reading/reminiscing.

So, to the particulars:

Firefly/ Serenity Collection Book is 185 pages and over 400 photographs detailing my collection
of props and costumes, plus a number of articles I have posted online.



The book is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, very close in size to the Companion volumes.



The contents include,
Foreword
Introduction
General Collections
Prop Collections By Character:
Main Characters
Villains
Miscellaneous Alliance
Miscellaneous Browncoats
Money!
Firefly Fan Films
Fool Me Twice
Shindigs and Other Distractions
Ten Years Gone
Afterword



There is all the how-to and finished prop info that I have posted on the web,



with a few context pictures not seen in the threads I have online.

An example of the articles I included would be http://signal.serenityfirefly.com/summerofserenity/
"The Case For An Extended Version Of Serenity", on Firefly Talk and the Signal.
This is the full text plus a never before seen addendum.



Like the Summer of Serenity podcast, I expanded the Fan Films section to include those films
that popped up between December 2010 when the article appeared on Fan Films Follies
and November 2012 when I put together this book.



In all, there are over 36,000 words of text
(according to MS WORD 2000, anyway)
so this isn't "just" a picture book.



In the Afterword, I addressed a little bit about where this hobby and book
(and hobbies in general) fit into my life after six years.

To finish; price and value.
Mixbooks go for about a buck a page.
Hard to swallow in the context of just-a-book,
but quite the deal for a high quality, full color, one-off print on demand vanity project.
I found Mixbook to be the most user-friendly site for personal book creation.
Load up a photo library, and you are ready to drag pics and text anywhere you like on each page.



I originally tried using their layouts until I found that it was needlessly constricting and totally unnecessary.
So now I just work with my pictures and text and their backgrounds and (to a limited extent)
their picture and text effects.

All in all, this has been a very satisfying project, and I'm looking forward to finishing my various Firefly/Serenity prop building projects for a Volume II wrap up.
After that, I've got a 1981 Trans Am to put back on the road,
and it still wouldn't hurt my feelings any to put together a cast and crew,
and film "Fool Me Twice".

Mike
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another year gone by and well into the next one.
So, what's on tap for 2014?

Well, (in the order they are likely to actually be completed),
I'm hoping to finish:

My Browncoats patch display,
tho' I've added so much to this, I may need two panels to keep it uncluttered.



My last un-finished Alliance helmet.



My, so-close-and-yet-so-far Sonic Rifle.



My Rance Burgess laser pistol plus a really cool case to keep it in.



And, to replace two of the three items I sold out of the collection,
(to finance yet another, different hobby purchase)
I need to make a new version of my YoSafBridge display.
Although it looks complete,
the pistol is in the middle of a rather substantial modification.



Also in need of replacement, my Zoe display.
This will be similar to, but not exactly the same as, the previous one.
The biggest change is that I'm replacing the 2nd, SERENITY-version, carbine
with a copy of Zoe's Tanto-style knife.



I'm curious my-own-self to see how this all pans out.
I'm planning these projects in the context of
all I have to do
(2,500hrs/year-ish work, car and home maintenance, etc)
all I should do
(two major home projects, a couple of car upgrades, etc)
and all I want to do
(family time, getting back to building 32nd scale airplanes, a few more Mixbook projects, etc.)

We shall see........
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My birthday is several months back,
but I haven't posted this until now because I've been wearing it pretty much constantly.



That's right, a Jayne scarf knitted by Ma Cobb herself!
Pish-posh you say; not possible!
Au contrair, ye unbelievers.
If you look at the paper under the Jayne hat,
ya'll may recall that it is a shipping manifest signed by none other than Jayne himself, Adam Baldwin.*
And since my wife (who knitted the scarf) filled out all the Ma Cobb parts,
that means the scarf is made by Ma Cobb.

So, this is my winter on-somb (redneck snob talk for ensemble).
My brown leather jacket, Firefly hat (I way can't carry off the Jayne hat)
and my extra long brown gloves that cover the wrists up into the sleeves.

My wife borrowed the Jayne hat to match the colors, and I think it looks great.

A final note; the pool table is dead--Long Live The Pool Table!
I bought about 9 yards of a close-enough green linen,
so I once again have a green background for my pictures.
YAY!

Mike

*Or, you may not. I just realized I never put my Jayn'e hat shipping paper in my prop collection thread.
So, without further adieu;

pennausamike wrote:
It involved a little bit of scrambling, but finished the Zircom navigate paper for Adam's signature.
I also printed out a one sheet of the Jayne prop projects I worked on.



To quote my friend who got the signature
Quote:

Mission accomplished.... he's making that face because he is channeling Jayne.
As for the signature, he started by just doing an "X" because that's what he thinks Jayne might actually do.
Then he went on to sign as Jayne.
He stopped after the first "b" in "Cobb" because he had to figure out how to connect the second "b".
After working it out on scratch paper, he finished it up.
He seemed pretty tickled by the whole thing.
Anyway, it's in the mail and on the way to you!


Here is a smaller version of the one that Adam Baldwin signed:




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PostPosted: Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still one of the finest growing collections to be had anywhere. If Michael ever needs a kidney, I'd probably trade for a 1 in 10 chance of being in his will.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 21, 2014 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, this post is about MY collection getting smaller and yet,
because of the nature of the Browncoat fan community,
it is still a reflection of an enhancement of the collection.
(Mine and the community's at large.)

I made 8 of the pop-open, Hands of Blue Neural bleeders replicas,
but a number of things conspired against my having interest in finishing,
yunno, EIGHT of the things.
So, I ended up offering them up for sale as kits with all the machining done,
but all the fiddly hand-fitting still needing to be done, plus painting.



One of the purchasers has made some progress on his

Crix13 wrote:
here's mine

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=674991549206067&set=vb.239929512712275&type=3&theater


and he also included the following photo

Crix13 wrote:
I loaned it to my best friend for this picture! I LOVE IT! thank you so much for making it!




So congrats to Crix13. owner of
The 'Verse,a firefly/serenity costume club
http://theverse.proboards.com

and Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Verse-fireflyserenity-costume-club/239929512712275?ref=tn_tnmn
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, it has been over a year since I've posted an update; and boy, what a year.
But, with the 2015 Browncoat Ball coming up,
there is one new and two old projects I'd like to wrap up and take off the "to-do" list.

First is the new project, a 3-D printed project to replace a cast-from-original prop that I sold awhile back.

This is the Joatrash Jubal Early pistol kit:



This is a top-notch effort that, with a little bondo and filler primer will turn out a super nice replica.
I modified a few of the kit features to suit my own builder sensibilities
(solid brass barrel and grip weight to add weight to the pistol for example)
but anyone who would normally tackle this kind of kit will get better than average results.
I'll be finishing off the main body with Dupli-color bumper chrome,
which is how I painted the first two Early pistols I did, and I like those results.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 18, 2015 6:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I made a little progress on my Rance Burgess laser display.



I did get the goggles,



and I made the display mount for the laser itself.



Never underestimate the power of dumpster diving and a little creative re-purposing.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm nearly finished with my Early pistol.
I have to paint the trigger "steel" color and sort out the under barrel pieces, but it is pretty much "done".



Here is mine in comparison to the original as photographed by Karl Derrick and found in the Titan Companion volume, "Still Flying".



And looking at the other side,



and a view down the .30 caliber barrel, (which reminds me, I have to paint the inside of the bore.)



To say it again, this was a marvelous, straight-forward build and I think Joe's nicest kit thus far.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Busy busy busy getting ready for the Browncoat Ball.
After a three year hiatus, I finished my Hands Of Blue Neural Bleeder.
I always envisioned doing the HOB Neural Bleeders in wrinkle finish black.
This is the paint I found.



After spraying it on, bake it in the oven at 200 degrees.
The instructions on the can say for an hour, but I only let it in for about twenty minutes.

Below are some pictures with notes on what to deburr.







When I assembled it, I used a light, clear grease.
That made it move smoother and a wee bit slower, which is a good thing.

I'll post pictures of the finished prop later, and if I ever sort out video uploading,
maybe a video of it working.

A couple of shots of the completed HOB Neural Bleeder:



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I finally finished my sonic rifle built from original Foosh rifle parts.
I flip-flopped back and forth between building a replica of the Firefly sonics, or building an EU version.
A combination of the reduced work
and the fact that the Foosh appearance dovetailed well with the look of the L-85's that were carried by Alliance troopers,
swung the decision in favor of making my sonic an EU version designed to be carried by an Alliance medic.



Here the two weapons are seen together,



and following are a few detail pictures.

Top:



Back 3/4:



Front 3/4:



and a close-up of the emitter dish:



I'm pleased with how this came out.
It is real-world-heavy and handles like a point and shoot weapon should.
I like the concept that Alliance medics can be armed with a non-lethal means of self-defense,
and feel that this prop fills that role well.

Mike
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