Warning - Unlike props in real life, items from animated features do not necessarily fall under the same laws of physics as items in the real world.  Make sure that what you are building works first!



In this latest project on our series 'How to make a prop', I have chosen to recreate an item that never was!  Unlike the sacrificial dagger prop from the classic 1932 movie 'The Mummy',  'The flute', as featured in J. Michael Strazynski's 1986 animated episode 'Ragnarok and Roll' (from series 3 of 'The Real Ghostbusters), has never really existed as a three dimensional prop, so this project should prove very satisfyng to complete.


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Creating 'real life' versions of animated items is something that many model makers have to deal with at some point.  The growing market for model kits as well as feature film productions such as 'Spawn' or 'Batman', have ensured that this type of commissioned work becomes more and more popular.
I have long been a fan of Strazynski's
work, and so happened to have an original copy of the video in my collection, thus allowing me to examine the cells frame by frame.  I was also able to capture screen shots from my Apple Mac (which I have displayed for you on the left).

Once more, approximation of size can be ascertained by finding a common reference point such as a hand.

It is still a good idea to make sketches before you begin.   Just so that you familiarise yourself with the dynamics of the object first.

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Sculptor/model maker: Sylak  -   Artist/painter: Nicky


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