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Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds fighting machine Options
Nemesis
#1 Posted : 26 January 2018 21:22:38

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After many many years of searching I have finally found a model of the fighting machine from Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. I have been a fan of the musical since before I can remember, and would spend hours looking through the picture book that came with the double album and drawing the machines. The scene with the fighting machine and Thunder Child the Iron Clad particularly caught my imagination.
So my plan is to recreate the scene, need to find a suitable kit of the ship, and to use led lights to bring it to life. This will be a long build as I need to hollow out the body of the fighting machine as it is solid resin and in 2 halves. Plus routing the wiring up one of the legs, but I am sure I will find a way!BigGrin
Any who, here are some pictures of the kit and what I hope to recreate.



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#2 Posted : 26 January 2018 21:39:24

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ooh that looks like it will be a great diorama.If you make the laser beam part wide enough you could run the wires up inside that. They also make really small lasers so you could actually put a real laser in the head too.How big is the body of the fighting machine?

I have the musical on my iphone.Cant beat Richard Burtons narration and David Essex singing


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#3 Posted : 26 January 2018 21:56:16

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This is the body size, once hollowed out there is plenty of room.
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Hmm.Not sure if there is enough room in there for a laser.I will measure the one I have.Cool looking kit.Looks like it is a pretty old kit.

Carl

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#5 Posted : 27 January 2018 00:29:55

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fantastic, what scale is the fighting machine?

The picture Jef Wayne used is based upon a formidable class ship from around 1890s. so you could look for these ships there are some in resin or Mikasa is based upon that and you can get her in 1:700, 1:350 and 1:200

https://en.wikipedia.org...idable-class_battleship

you could try this manufacturer, kits are good and have lots from that period

http://combrig-models.co...00/royal-navy-1860-1918

looking forward to this


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#6 Posted : 27 January 2018 11:51:48

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Wow, this I'm looking forward to. Should be an excellent dio in your hands. I was only listening to the cd in my car less than a week ago.Cool BigGrin

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Tomick wrote:


I went 5 years ago it was fantastic, can definatly recomend it althou i think they do the mire reason re-worked album version live now

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I regret that I have not seen the original tour live. I do have the DVDs for both the original and the new shows - and I much prefer the original to be frank.

Richard Burton's head, or Liam Neeson in hologram. For me, it's the head every time. Even though the new show includes a flame-spewing Martian.

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I saw it in London 2016 and will go again this year.
Utterly spellbinding.
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Many thanks to Jase for his links. After some research on both sites I have found my Thunderchild!BigGrin Cool
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Look Forward to seeing your progress with this one. Cool BigGrin
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My "Thunderchild" has arrived!Drool Cool Next up will be to find or make a base and learn how to use resins to make the water!BigGrin
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Should look amazing when complete. The WotW was touring in Dec, all dates sold out lol
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Tomick wrote:
Should look amazing when complete. The WotW was touring in Dec, all dates sold out lol


I know, tried to get some!!Cursing LOL
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I'm not much of an avid sci-fi fan normally, but I do like the whole WotW thing and I'm sure you'll make a cracking job of this build with your skills Daran. Will be keenly following your diary. Drool

Well done mate. ThumpUp

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