Lot # 24 - Live Auction 2017 - Drop-Ship Model Miniature

Stock #73534

A small-scale model miniature drop-ship from James Cameron's action sci-fi sequel Aliens. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and the team of Marines used two drop-ships - 'Bug Stomper' and 'Smart Ass' - to access the stricken terraforming colony, Hadley's Hope.

Conceptual designer Ron Cobb and artist Syd Mead both submitted concepts, but the final design was based on one of Cameron's own, closely resembling an AH-64 helicopter. A 1/12 scale model was used for the majority of the film, but for long-distance shots a much smaller model was used. This model screen matches to the crew's initial descent to the surface of LV-426.

Constructed from wood, the model is painted a dark green/brown shade with black accents, and decorated with a weathered effect. Red, white and black vinyl appliques detail the wings and body, as well as a variety of kitbashed fuselage. A small red and yellow circle is painted either side of the clear cockpit to resemble the 'Bug Stomper' emblem, and nine missiles are present in the forward armament pods. Two of three retracted landing pads are present underneath, while motion-control mounting points are located below the ‘V' tail and underneath the body of the ship.

The ship has received repairs to the two horizontal wings, and a small section of painted plastic is damaged on the left side below a thin dent, but it otherwise remains in very good condition. Dimensions: 50 cm x 24 cm x 11 cm (19 3/4" x 9 1/2" x 4 1/2")

£40,000 - 60,000

Additional Information:

The exact shade of paint used on a variety of equipment in the film was based on the Humbrol colour 'Brown Bess', well known for its ambiguous appearance under lighting, with some examples appearing brown and others green when lit for filming.

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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