This is the PHONE HOME ONE starship scale model. It's about 1:2 to the studio filming miniature for the film. This kit is part of my tribute series to the golden age of movie special effects - when actual models were shot in camera without the use of computers. A scratch-built, true labor of love.
TheMARK 3 is available as a collector's kit (for the advanced modeler). The model has undergone some evolutions that make it 1.) easier to assemble, 2.) easier to paint, and 3.) more accurate!!! and 4.) TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!!
The Mark 3 kit is composed of 121 individually hand-crafted parts.
THE PHONE HOME ONE TUTORIAL SERIES IS FINALLY HERE!! Presented in 3 parts, this guides you every step of the way...
A look at the raw kit:
The story of how this model was produced:
Photos of a MARK III from Randy Neubert. LIGHTING Kit is now available!
Phone Home ONE - Mark II Completed September 2012
The tutorial released in 2012 shows, for the first time, the MAGNIFICENT process of ALCAD chroming - a process you can do at home with your airbrush. Results of this process are showing below:
Update SUMMER 2012: Photos of the re-engineered rings and chips. The language ring is now beveled on both sides at just the right elevation to allow installation of these newly created chip rings. What this means is: the mid-section array that was previously over 100 parts, is now THREE parts. Imagine the time you're saving by building the re-engineered Mark 2!
First look at the new DOME and and ALCLAD airbrush chrome. I am preparing a free video tutorial on how to achieve this chrome effect in addition to the complete model buildup. Stay tuned!!!
MARK 2 MILLED PARTS, AND MOLDING COMPLETED!!
**Limited run of Phone Home One KITS available! Visit the SALES PAGE!
VISIT THE BUILDLBOG FOR THIS MODEL HERE:
****UPDATE!! The kits are now shipping with a set of 6 free E.T. mini figures sculpted to scale with the ship.
Shipping in the U.S is $15 Canada $19 Overseas shipping $48
In 2009 I had a chance to visit the ILM-built filming miniature used in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. I ADORE this film and really love the ship design (designed by Ralph McQuarrie) so starting right there, while standing next to this awesome film-used model, I decided to build it when I got back to the studio. I took as many reference photos as I could manage, and a few weeks later I started planning out the construction of the model.
This is a look at the MARK I. You can see the dramatic changes I made to Mark 2 & 3 in comparison.
None of the structural parts were glued together when I took this pic and I didn't notice the darn antenna array was crooked at the top, but I still think it looks wicked. This show also shows it's scale.
PHONE HOME ONE MODEL KIT INFORMATION
All prices reflect KIT form. That means all the parts are cast from the molds, and immediatly inserted into the packing box. No trimming, assembly, paint, or finish work has been applied to any of the pieces. This model requires some advanced modelling skills. There are, as of this writing, no printed instructions, but I have an online buildup tutorial.
Please note: This is a rare, limited run, scratch built garage kit. It is not for the beginning modeler. There are modifications necessary on many of the pieces during assembly. This is essentially a 'beta' kit. That is, some of the final detail (e.g. drilling the window holes in the upper hull) will need to be added by the builder and hulls will need holes drilled to insert the lamp and landing gear struts.
There are two versions of the LAMP GEAR parts. The lamp gear assembly components can be provided in either regular casting resin OR laser-cut acrylic. The laser cut acrylic is much stronger and needs no re-enforcement as opposed to the resin cast version. The fallback is the laser cut acrylic requires outsourcing on a laser cutter and is thusly more expensive. These are very small detail parts and very thin so the acrylic version can take alot more abuse than the resin version. The choice is yours =)
PHOTO OF THE LASER CUT ACRYLIC UPGRADE COMPONENTS:
This kit is available on a limted run. Email email@example.com if you'd like to discuss obtaining one.
Click thumnail below to visit the MAKING OF: Phone Home One
Check back again soon for a gallery of a chromed completed Phone Home One with full lighting effects.
The buildup we are working on utilizes a chrome plated upper dome. In the film you can clearly see the dome is mirrored (to help disguise it). The film-used model is more of a spun aluminum surface, but the buildup we are building will be more similar to the craft's appearace on film which is highly reflective like this: