nostromo part 3, The work continues at Grant McCune design

the nozzles were created out of yogurt cups and miniature farmers pails

underside of bridge section

the detail builds

primered and ready for molding, next comes the base

a section of the Lunar module makes for the base

detailed and sized on sentra, this piece molded will line the back of the belly module

sentra {an air injected lightweight styrene} 3/8 inch thick make for the building material of the module...the surface is then scribed and paneled

micro detail patches are placed in areas to match the same as seen in the photos of the original.

levels of depth and cavities are created and piping fills the insets

yes there is a nod to The Empire Strikes Back here!!! the ATAT head now has been transformed into the main antenna array mount

Spaceballs pieces added to the deep detail hidden in the dark recesses here.

attaching the elements make for one heavy piece!!

micro detailing of the cones comes next using more tie fighter pieces along with WWII German RR cannon pieces

the master pipers were molded off of surviving sections of pipe from the Nostromo

the piping was molded off of the original

all assembled and primer grayed

here is the ship a couple of weeks ago as she was coming together,, seen here without the belly pod the area does look thin

seen here without the belly module, the ship indeed looks too light in mass in comparison to the rest of the ship

the side view shows the belly module adding a good amount of visual weight to the bridge area!

inserted and matching the paint

setting up at PSOL and finally getting the cockpit piece put on

the detail across this ship is so mesmerizing!

this thing has so many cool angles to get lost in!!!

the bridge needs some detailing then she'll be all done

Hi all and so glad to have read all the great comments about the Nostromo!!! Seems that we all love Ron Cobb and those UK modelers’ massive space tug and are all equally glad that it lives again!!!!!!  Today’s entry shows more of the detail construction and some of the set up at the LA Branch of the “Prop Store of London”.  You’ll see all kinds of cool stuff in the background, so there will be more to drag your attention around while looking at the Nostromo.  Todays photos start with the construction of the bridge’s belly module… this piece by looks of the paint and detail where it once was, indicates that it was added on much later in the model’s construction.  Somebody on stage probably said, “Hey, the nose section is a bit thin!!!  Beef it up a bit !!!”  And I am sure that is what caused this piece to be built and screwed in on top of tons of lovely surface detail.  Anyway, this whole piece was missing, so it had to be built from scratch using the photos at hand!!!  It is basically a fat box with loads of details in the recesses and three nozzles attached to it’s rear.  It also houses the massive three foot antenna array which was a bear to mount and keep straight…so with no delays, enjoy today’s Nostromo pics!!!  There are also 8 hidden Mickey’s on the ship now!!! but not in today’s pics!! R2 will be the last pic in the last entry for this one.

47 Responses to “nostromo part 3, The work continues at Grant McCune design”

  1. 1 evil_genius_180
    January 26, 2010 at 1:17 am

    OK, I definitely need to watch Alien again. There’s no denying that now. I’ll have to pull out the DVD here shortly and start watching. 🙂

    Um, Wow, where to begin. You guys are doing some AMAZING work on this. Yogurt cups, pails and parts from models, not all of which existed when this model was first built. And it all looks like it was always there. That’s absolutely amazing. Great work by everyone involved in restoring this beauty. She almost looks like she did 31 years ago and looks nothing like the partial model you all started with. 😀

    • 2 johneaves
      January 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

      well you use what works HAAA! thanks and all those GMD’ers did some awesome work!!!

      • 3 evil_genius_180
        January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am

        It just amazes me how innovative you physical modelers are when you need a part. In CG, when you need a part, you build it, no matter how bizarre it is. You don’t worry about how it would be constructed in the real world. It’s a shame that physical modeling is going the wayside. As much as I love CG, there’s no competing with a good ol’ well constructed physical model. 🙂

      • 4 deg
        January 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

        Well, I for one always fall back on my practical modeling building/fabrication skills in 3D, as I am always basically trying to build stuff as it would be built in the real world.

        I always ask myself to get a grasp of how to go about it in 3D: OK, how would thing thing actually be constructed if I was building it as a prac?

        peace | deg

      • 5 evil_genius_180
        January 26, 2010 at 12:29 pm

        I don’t. I find any and all shortcuts when I do 3D. 😉 But then I was never into physical modeling. I used to put kits together, but that’s about it.

  2. 6 Freak
    January 26, 2010 at 2:49 am

    Very cool from the work you have done. You would never have know that it damaged over the years.

    Hmm just like EG I am going to have to watch this again.

    • 7 johneaves
      January 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

      it really holds up and the directors cut has some awesome additions to it and they don’t look out of place at all,, really builds Veronica Cartwrighte’s character quite a bit!

      • 8 evil_genius_180
        January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

        I wish I had the director’s cut. I only have the 20th Anniversary DVD where you have to watch the deleted scenes separately. I have the director’s cut of Aliens, though. I guess I’ll have to splurge one of these days and get the Alien director’s cut.

    • 9 johneaves
      January 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      yeah its worth it,,,Deg and I saw it on the big screen at Wonderfest!! Smokin awesome!!!

      • January 26, 2010 at 4:35 pm

        That was so beyond cool, and what a rare opportunity it was! I felt like I was back in 1979. Just smokin’ awesome indeed! Glad we could do it together with Greg and Nelson as well. über-rare and good times a had by all, eh.

        peace | deg

  3. 11 Barrie Suddery
    January 26, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I agree with the above; I’m going to have to watch Alien again even though it still scares the **** out of me!

    Proof of Dan O’Bannon’s writing genius and Ridley Scott’s awesome directing.

  4. 14 Mark A-C
    January 26, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Fantastic work to all involved.
    Really excelled at putting in all that extra detail, which like all Ron Cobb designs, you “know” there is ALOT detail, even if not visable on screen.

    Thanks for the great shots John. Did you guys build up a mock-up of the escape pod Narcissus on the belly of the Nostromo? If so, pics would be Highly Appreciated !!


  5. January 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

    What a great pictorial!

    It’s amazing what can be built with such simple materials, if only you have the diligence and experience. But I bet that model had to be handled with extreme care.

    • 20 johneaves
      January 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

      it’s funny how a trip to the market brings home space ship folly, Haaa!

      • January 26, 2010 at 10:20 am

        SO TRUE!!!

        OH man, all the shampoo and lotion bottles, etc. I went through building scratch built models. Maybe “found-object” models in part is a better description.

        I remember my Mom gettin’ good-humored miffed ’cause I would empty all the bottles in the bathroom into cereal bowls, and she’d say, “Now how am I supposed to use this stuff now, Dougy?” I’d say, “Just dip your hand in, Mom, and scoop some up.” She was like, “you’re so lucky I love and support your creative madness, kiddo.”

        I’d say, “Yep Mom, I am, you’re the best. Are you done with that conditioner bottle yet?” 😀

        peace | deg

  6. 22 Richard Knapp
    January 26, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Hi John;
    This has been an AWESOME series of posts. I’ve said it before, you’ve got the best job in the world! Thanks for taking the time to put all these great pictures together for us.

    Take care,

  7. January 26, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Oh my… what a present of a post today, John! Wowsers! Thanks! Amazing! Awesome! Unbelievable! Inspiring! The deatil! The paint-job! The sheer mass of it! Wow! 🙂

    BTW, is that a Space: 1999 Eagle hanging perpendicular to the ground in the background?

    Thanks again for the window into this AMAZINg project, dude!

    Oh, and don’t forget to please send me the ST shuttle art, eh. Workin’ on a traditional G7 right now, but want to build both 3-H and 4-H, and also maybe your take on the standard IOWA shuttle config, concept-sheet date 6-07.

    Thanks! 🙂

    peace | deg

  8. January 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Wowowowowowow.!!!!!!!!! This series has been AWESOME! Alien is a real favorite of mine and to see the actual Nostromo model’s details like this puts me in hog heaven. I built many a model when I was a kid and it’s cool to recognize so many tank and battleship parts. And the Lunar Module! Great, great stuff, John.

    And I think deg’s right about the Eagle in the “side view” shot. If it’s not an Eagle it’s something darn close!

  9. January 26, 2010 at 11:55 am

    wow, I gasp, did you see there is a head of AT-AT?, this page is great, I’m always mindful of its updates, for months, but this is the first time I write … thanks for your site

  10. January 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Like this…?

    Is that crazy or what?

    peace | deg

    • 33 DeanneM
      January 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm

      Love the pic! Especially that guy in the middle posing at the camera. 🙂

      But ya, nothing like the Eagle that it kinda appears could be hangning on the model, eh?

  11. 34 DeanneM
    January 26, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    I’ve been awed following the work on this big bruiser of a model!! I’ve not had the pleasure of scratch building, but I so admire the crowd here who has the creativity and stick-to-it-iveness (?) – probably literally sticking to many parts of your creations at one point or another. 😉

    Still haven’t taken up that triple dog dare to watch the film by myself…in a dark room…late at night…awe, now I won’t be able to sleep just thinking about it!! On the big screen, watching the DC with pals, now that’s the way to do it! I was jealous then, and now I’m even more jealous. HA!

  12. 35 huth
    January 27, 2010 at 2:47 am

    This is incredibly awesome.

  13. 36 Kevin H. Martin
    January 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    2nd to last shot reminds me of after the shuttle has landed in OUTLAND — but with tons more insanely great detail!

  14. January 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    really need to film a few minutes of new footage of it after its done…:)

    how about a 4 min video? show the ship docking to the initial refinery, before the encounter on the alien planet:)

    great controlled kitbashed detailing, not just stuck on looking. and with the great “configuation” of almost all COBB ships…. its just one of my all time favs…

    runs on yugurt….lol

  15. January 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    This is awesome. I never thought I would see one of these built in such great detail. Thanks for sharing.

  16. 39 Matt Boardman
    January 27, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    Ok, yeah, now I have to find the Director’s cut and watch this movie again because seeing these pictures has really helped me appreciate the Nostromo in all her glory and splendor! The level of detail on this model is so incredible. It must have been very time consuming to create.

  17. 40 Bubblejumper
    January 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Wow, absolutely great stuff. Love the detailed pics. Thanx for that. Must have been fun to work on. This really makes me want to watch Alien again.

    If i may ask, those Spaceballs parts (interesting to use, btw), were they really vintage castings ?

    Thanx again !!

  18. 41 CarlG
    January 28, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    Oh my God, it’s like the Shangri-La of greebles! 😉

  19. February 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Hi all,

    Please take a look at our third video on the restoration as well:

    Thanks to John and all at GMD for their hard work on this project!

    Brandon Alinger
    The Prop Store of London

  20. February 5, 2010 at 3:07 am

    Good Job Chaps ! Looking great ! Love the spirit of the yoghurt cups and buckets . Just call me over when I can help 😀

  21. 44 Lee Staton
    February 7, 2010 at 9:05 am

    This whole story is awesome! Loved the latest video! Wish I could have contributed to this project, too. Scratchbuilding is so much fun!


  22. 45 JJ
    February 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I hope they fix the docking corridor on the left front of the ship opposite the radar dish. It is not supposed to be hanging down like that.

  23. February 16, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Really awesome reconstruction work John.

    Hope Grant and Monty and the gang are well over there – haven’t worked alongside them for a long long time . . .

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