Another stint at Shepperton Studios working for Bill Pearson on Red Dwarf VIII.
Low budget or not, the long established fan-base would be scrutinizing our every
wiggett (plastic kit bits) so we pulled out all the stops with the Loading bay detail.
Along with the miniature sets, set dressing on the stage and the construction of working hand props
were covered during this 3 month contract.
10'x8'x5' approx at 1:25 scale. True Team effort (6 people) 6 weeks, everything but the kitchen sink went into this miniature set. The setting for Starbugs' destruction and the Cats' song and dance routine.
Applying chevron graphics to overhead crane, 1:12 scale, MDF construction clad with usual flotsum and jetsom by Bill Pearson and myself. 2 weeks....Really! (must have been all that coffee!)
Small background 'container grabber', 12" long, 1:25, butchered toys, 2 days.
Full size prop, juggling pieces of aluminium until they look funky, batteries in handle, on-off lights, 2 days.
Two wands, one functional, one not. 'Function' was a pulsating blue tip that had an 'in-out' action, connected to a hypodermic syringe via a tube down Krytons' sleeve and trouser leg and off camera. Enormous potential for laughs but never activated. Non-functioning wand was made to throw about, in order to protect the mechanism of the functioning one (which was never used?). I made the tip reminiscent of the pulsating center of Dr Who's TARDIS to add credibility to the time travel aspect of the wand. Plastic tubing covered with pre-machined metallic components.
Own design for futuristic fire axe used to hit 'the CAT' (unpainted) complete with foam blade, so as not to injure the actor. Ordinary fake axe used instead. It was felt that the audience wouldn't know what this object was.
Seen firing a can at the back of Rimmers' head. Mostly sheet ABS. Two days.
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