Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

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Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

Postby smeg1959 » Sun Apr 26, 2015 14:12

Reading TonyG2's comment about the Haunebu depicted on the box of the ginormous Ratte kit, I realised that it bears a striking resemblance to the invaders from outer space in the 1956 B-grade classic "Earth vs the Flying Saucers" created by famed movie special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. And, lo and behold, look what I've found on evilBay!

Can only find one other entry from this company, the Bernalillo Saucer, the scale of which is unknown.
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Re: Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

Postby pbhawkin » Mon Apr 27, 2015 0:42

Seller Ebay item says that it is: "The flying saucer is roughly about 5 inch or 125 mm when it's assembled."
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Re: Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 8:35

Ahhh, so the "1/144" is the vendor's claim, not the manufacturer. In all honesty, I'd have to find a copy of the movie and see whether there's even the vaguest hint of size. Haven't seen it since I was a teenager watching Deadly Earnest on Channel 0 after midnight. Like the majority of kits based upon SF films and TV series, much is purely guestimation. If it looks like 1/144, that's good enough.

Just as long as model companies don't extend that premise to real aircraft. Oh wait, they have ... on numerous occasions. :roll:
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Re: Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

Postby bluedonkey99 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:33

Thus isn't going to help much at present, but there are two sets of books:
1) about the saucer fleet, and
2) "the other ones"
That give a pretty authoritative view on all matters of fictional (and some real) space craft including designs at scale.

They are of course in a box still... Though I have posted about them before - but, like ******* will I be able to find the posts from my phone.

There is another reasonably cheap saucer option though its 1/72 , in that there is a haunbu saucer from a Korean company available over the web and online retailers. Its adamski-esque, but passable as a whiff
I'm surprised I haven't done an OOTB on it in the "other" section of the forum.... Maybe Tuesday Night??
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Re: Atlantis Earth vs the Flying Saucers

Postby smeg1959 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 15:15

Just watched bits and pieces of the movie on YouTube ... ah, the memories come flooding back. A couple of minutes before the end, a saucer crashes into the dome of the US Capitol Building. The dome's diameter is 29 m and the saucer is probably around 90% of this at the moment of impact, so let's say around 26 m. In 1/144 scale terms, that would equate to a touch over 18 cm. If the model is actually only 12.5 cm in diameter, it's approximately 1/200 scale. Bugger!

The things I do to wind down after a day at work ... :roll:
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