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    Star Trek: The Next Generation Screen Used "Echo Popa 607" Props from "The Arsenal of Freedom" (1988). A group of three "Echo Papa" drone props, all designed, built, and hand-painted by visual effects supervisor Dan Curry, used on screen in the Star Trek: The Next Generation season one episode, "The Arsenal of Freedom." On the design and construction of the painted, complete drone, Curry says: "I had the idea of a shape that hovered with a larger arti?cial intelligence and weapons unit with a single projection below containing a phaser-like weapon that would also function as a stabilizer... I used a plastic Easter egg, a shampoo bottle with part of it cut away, a piece of ribbed cover for electrical wires and cables, and a L'eggs panty hose container... I then applied a coat of grey primer and then airbrushed several coats of subtly iridescent metallic colors, mostly gold with hints of magenta, green and blue."

    This lot also includes two models used on screen to show the drone upon re-entry into the atmosphere, one the drone's main body attached to a steel rod, the other the full drone. On these, Curry states: "In this episode the Enterprise was threatened by a large orbiting drone weapon that had an invisibility cloak and impossible to locate. Geordi realized that by luring it into the planet's atmosphere its re-entry heat friction would be visible and the Enterprise could destroy it. Computer animation did not yet exist, so to create the illusion of re-entry hot gasses I made a duplicate of the Echo Papa model and covered it with black ?ocking and glued slivers of a white plastic bag onto it. To represent the oval force ?eld shield surrounding the Enterprise heated up by friction with the atmosphere, I employed the same technique using another plastic Easter egg ?ocked in black with white plastic streamers. We set each model up on our motion control rig at Image G and then used fans to cause the streamers to ?ap around wildly. By keeping the shutter on the camera open for 3 seconds per frame there was considerable motion blur, resulting on ?lm the kinetic behavior of super hot gasses ?owing around an invisible object." The model with the steel rod measures approximately 10" x 5" x 21", while the others are approximately 14" x 9" x 5". In Very Good to Fine condition, showing light wear from use and age. Some plastic pieces come loose easily. Fragile. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: Notes On The Echo Popa Drone

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    April, 2018
    15th Sunday
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